#Ypsilanti

89.1 WEMU

I am joined by Omari Rush, the director of Community Engagement at the Ann Arbor Art Center, and Cara Rosaen, lead organizer of the newly created Winter Art Tour happening this weekend in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Rosaen explains why the art tour was created and how it incorporates a number of different art shows and sales happening locally this weekend into one big event.

Border-to-Border Trail
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The City of Ypsilanti's non-motorized advisory committee has released information about some of its projects for next year.

Shop Small
U.S. Small Business Adminstration / sba.gov

Black Friday continues to play a big role in our local economy. But another shopping day is also becoming very popular.

Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Voters in Washtenaw and three other counties will decide the Regional Transit Authority proposal that, if approved, would create a mass transit system in Southeast Michigan. Their goal is to make the region more connected and accessible. Whether that is of benefit to local businesses is a matter of opinion.

Eastern Michigan University

In an effort to improve community relations between the City of Ypsilanti and Eastern Michigan University a special event is taking place later today. 30 people, half from the University, the other half from the city will go for a walk later today and then share a meal in hopes of improving communication and perceptions they may have of one another. I spoke with the event's organizer, Eastern's Director of Academic Engagement Programs and Professor of Applied Theatre , Jessica " Decky" Alexander .

WEMU

This week on Art and Soul, local journalist and blogger Jenn McKee joins me to talk about many of the upcoming shows and events in our area. Director Joe York from PTD Productions in Ypsilanti also joins the conversation to talk about the theater company's upcoming production of "Noises Off."

WonderFool Productions

A new light-up street party called " ypsiGLOW " will be taking place in downtown Ypsilanti on October 27th . The creators of Festifools and FoolMoon helped create the glowout block party for every age. I spoke with Shary Brown, the president of Wonderfool Productions, and Adriana Zardus, the company's production coordinator, about how this event is intended to get the community involved on another level where people are creating the event themselves.

89.1 WEMU

This week on Art & Soul: The Visual Arts, the director of community engagement for the Ann Arbor Art Center Omari Rush and I talk about a number of events going on in our community. There is a new event called "YpsiGLOW," taking place in Ypsilanti later this month. That's where the conversation begins...

89.1 WEMU

In this edition of Art and Soul, I am joined by the director of community engagement for the Ann Arbor Art Center, Omari Rush, and special guest Lynette Lao, president of the board for the Fly Children's Art Center in Ypsilanti. "Fly" is designing one of the special pavilions that will be part of Pop-X running September 22nd to October 1st in Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza.

Michigan School Reform Office
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Seven schools have been released from the state’s list of lowest-performing schools. But 184 schools are still on the list.

89.1 WEMU

Ypsilanti Community Schools superintendent Dr. Benjamin Edmondson is entering his sophomore season in the position and says he's looking forward to raising his batting average. That means making some positive changes and continuing the momentum they have so far and approving student achievement and overall morale.

Allen Elementary
Ann Arbor Public Schools / a2schools.org

A vacant Ypsilanti Community Schools building will serve as temporary home for more than 400 displaced students from Allen Elementary in the Ann Arbor School District.

Lisa Barry / WEMU

On this week's program, I talk to Omari Rush, the director of community engagement for the Ann Arbor Art Center . The discussion included the rich and exciting art scene that continues to grow in Ypsilanti .

Lisa Barry

Many of Michigan's top elected officials attended an Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce luncheon , where one of the state's US Senators was the keynote speaker.

Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Words can hurt... so an Ypsilanti couple is holding a "social art happening" on Friday to put a face with the pain. I spoke with Nick and Yen Azzaro , who are organizing "Sticks and Stones," a public art piece at the intersection of Washington and Ferris Streets in Ypsilanti Friday evening.

Bee Town Ann Arbor
Courtesy Photo / Facebook

Bees have always been beneficial to our ecosystem, but their numbers have declined significantly in recent years. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Eileen Dickinson, representative for the group "Bee Town Ann Arbor," about ways to protect the bee population.

Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area held a debate for both Democratic candidates running for the city of Ypsilanti's 3rd ward council seat.

Black Lives Matter
xddorox / flickr.com

The public is invited to a "Police-Community Relations/Black Lives Matter Task Force meeting" tonight in Ypsilanti, which had a recent change in venue.

Parkridge
Courtesy Photo / City of Ypsilanti

T he City of Ypsilanti starts work on a new affordable housing project today.

4th of July Parade
Lori Bee / flickr.com

This 4th of July holiday will be celebrated locally with traditional events, including parades and fireworks.

Debate Over Water Street Millage Held At EMU

Jul 1, 2016

Ypsilanti residents will decide in August whether to approve a 2.3 millage to pay off debt from the Water Street Project. Officials from both sides made their case to residents last night.

Lisa Barry

School is out for most of Michigan, but many local school officials are still hard at work determining what's next for their district. For some, that means looking for ways to improve the bottom line. I spoke with Ypsilanti Community Schools' Superintendent Dr. Benjamin Edmondson about how his district is looking after his first year on the job.

89.1 WEMU

Summer is here and with it comes warm weather and plenty of chances to experience the performing arts outdoors. On this week's on Art & Soul: The Performing Arts, Jenn and I are joined by the president of Ann Arbor's Penny Seats Theatre , Lauren London.

Kiwanis & CKI Bike for Babies: Eliminate MNT

An Eastern Michigan University professor is taking part in a 600 mile bicycle ride to help raise awareness for maternal/neonatal tetanus . Ian Wojcik-Andrews started the ride last week in Indianapolis and made a stop at his home turf in Ypsilanti. I took the opportunity to speak with him about his plan to ride from Indianapolis all the way to Toronto by June 23rd.

Washtenaw County Parks & Rec
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

The Eastside Recreation Center was the topic of a community meeting last night in Ypsilanti.

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