public art

2:37 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Etched Glass Artwork Approved For Ann Arbor's Stadium Bridges

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Etched glass panels depicting images of trees in Ann Arbor will be installed above and under the Stadium Bridges.  City council has approved spending $385,000 on the final project funded by the old Percent For Art Program.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on artwork approved for Ann Arbor's Stadium Bridges.

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1:17 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Might Resolve Public Art Program Issues Tonight

Public Art in front of Ann Arbor City Hall.
Credit Andrew Cluley

Ann Arbor City Council may have finally found a way to move forward with the city’s public art program.  A series of three resolutions on tonight’s agenda could resolve the long-running debate over the issue.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley previews three resolutions Ann Arbor City Council will consider tonight around the city's Public Art Program.

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4:28 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Art Funding Clawback Closes In, Administrator Contract Rejected

The battle over the future of public art in Ann Arbor continues, with City Council approving the first reading of an ordinance amendment to allow them to return up to $840,000 to other departments.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on cuts to Ann Arbor's Public Art program.

A six month extension of Public Art Administrator Aaron Seagraves contract was then rejected.

Council member Jack Eaton expects to bring the contract back up for a vote after final approval of the amendment to the public art ordinance to allow old "Percent for Art" funds to be returned.  Eaton says he's sorry for Seagraves but democracy is sometimes messy.

Council member Jane Lumm wants proposed Art Projects at Argo Cascades, the Stadium Bridges, and the Kingsley Rain Garden completed.  However she thinks a clean break needs to be made between the old program and one where the city partners with a non-profit organization.

Chair of the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission Bob Miller says a change would be good but it appears city council is holding public art administrator Aaron Seagraves hostage over the funding debate.

Mayor John Hieftje is disappointed with council's vote on the administrator, and fears they may lose him even if the contract extension is approved in two weeks.

Earlier WEMU coverage of the Public Art Funding issues can be found here:

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Arts & Culture
7:51 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

New Public Art Dedication In Ann Arbor

A new piece of public art that hangs in the second floor of the Justice Center lobby in Ann Arbor is being dedicated Thursday evening. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Hear Bob's report here.

Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Fri October 4, 2013

The Arts Alliance Brings 'PowerArt' Project To Ann Arbor

Example of a vinyl-wrapped traffic box in Boise with artwork by David Spear.

Downtown Ann Arbor is expected to get some more artwork, this time on the outside of the grey metal traffic signal boxes that are often covered in graffiti.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:

Andrew Cluley reports

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Arts and Culture
5:36 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Ann Arbor Art Fair First Day


The Ann Arbor Art Fairs got underway today.  WEMU's Taylor Pinson and Andrew Cluley have this snapshot of the first day.

Arts and Culture
6:16 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

54th Annual Ann Arbor Art Fair Preview


The Ann Arbor Art Fair runs Wednesday through Saturday. WEMU's Bob Eccles has a preview.

Hear Bob's report here.

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7:58 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Public Input Sought For Public Art Project At New Ann Arbor Rain Garden

Credit Oberazzi / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

Some very large, small mouth bass may be coming to a new Ann Arbor rain garden. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission and artist Joshua Wiener are looking for feedback some feedback on his proposal for steel sculptures.

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10:42 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Ann Arbor's Percent For Art Program is Replaced


  The Public Art Ordinance in Ann Arbor has been revised, and the result is elimination of the "Percent for Art"  mechanism of arts funding. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Ann Arbor City Council Monday night approved amendments to the ordinance that favors consideration of public art projects on a case-by-case basis in Capitol Projects.   

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9:00 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Neutral Zone Artists Win Grant for Murals Project in Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authory has awarded a five-thousand dollar grant that will provide stipends for young, local artists to  create murals on the western edge of the city. WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports.

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Arts and Culture
9:27 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Spotlight on Funding for Public Art

With a proposed millage to fund public art on the November ballot in Ann Arbor, Thursday's Concentrate Media speaker series focused on the overall topic of art in public place.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

8:55 am
Thu August 16, 2012

A2 Public Art Commission Supports Ballot Issue

Ann Arbor's Public Art Commission has unanimously passed a resolution in support of placing a millage issue on the November ballot specifically designed to raise money for Public Art. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more.

12:01 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

A2 Art Millage

Public Art-Percent for the Arts

Ann Arbor's " Percent for Art" program may soon be replaced by a dedicated tax for funding public art.  WEMU's  Andrew Cluley has the details.