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Arts + Creative Industries e-Newsletter                            August 6, 2019


Tune in Tuesday mornings at 7:49 & 9:49 a.m. on WEMU 89.1FM. 

Co-hosted by David Fair & Deb Polich
creative:impact features creative people and industry experts who live, have creative practices, jobs and businesses in Washtenaw County. They lead the sector locally, nationally and internationally and are the driving forces making Washtenaw County one of Michigan's strongest and most vibrant arts and creative industry hubs.
July 30 -  Collaborations Can Make for Creative Business Success
Ilana Houten and Jessica Tenbusche, two of the three co-founders of Ypsi Alloy Studios, chat about how a business born of each artist’s need for studio space developed into a cooperative and supportive business model serving other “dirty” artists in Ypsilanti.  On "creative:impact,"  WEMU’s David Fair and The Arts Alliance’s Deb Polich  learn about what makes Ypsi Alloy Studio’s model work. Listen here!
August 6  -  Fashion Faux Pas and Creative Costumes
Fashion is cyclical, what is tacky now is retro later. But what about the fashions from long ago, with the flouncy hats and pointed shoes you might see in a Shakespeare play? Melanie Schuessler Bond, EMU professor of costume design, knows. WEMU’s David Fair and The Art Alliance’s Deb Polich talk with her to explore the craft of costume design and her research into 16th century courtly clothes on this week’s creative:impact. Listen here!
Welcome and thanks to our
New & Renewing Members!
Creative Individuals
People self-identifying as artists/creatives or who work in the creative industries.
Creative Businesses
Arts, cultural and heritage organizations and institutions and creative businesses.
  • Ann Arbor Public Art Commission
  • Ann Arbor Street Art Fair
  • Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
  • Hollander's
  • Kerrytown Concert House
  • Motawi Tileworks, Inc.
See your name here! Join The Arts Alliance today.
Ally Members
Ally members invest in the work and efforts of The Arts Alliance to advocate for, support and promote the arts and creative industries in Washtenaw County.
  • Ruth Ann Jamnick
  • Scott Menzel
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Arts + Creative Industry Guide 2019
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Really, though, what does The Arts Alliance do? 

We respond and assist. Virtually every day, a call, email or text comes in from a member, artist, creative, cultural specialist, creative organization or business from the Washtenaw County area requesting assistance, guidance, resources, services, relief, connections and more. This is the ongoing forever mission work of a local arts + creative service organization such as The Arts Alliance– work that will not end as long as artists and creatives struggle to make a decent living, schools do not budget for or consider arts + creative education core to the curriculum, and arts + creative organizations and businesses remain woefully under-resourced. The time shared, counsel extended, connections made, encouragement and hope offered, is valued as serving mission rather than “billable hours” by The Arts Alliance.

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Members of The Arts Alliance support its mission to champion the arts & creative industries in Washtenaw County, MI—arts and creative individuals, organizations and businesses—to ensure that the greater Ann Arbor region remains a great place to create, live, work, learn, play and visit.

Here are the three ways you can join or renew your membership:
  1. Renew online by clicking here: The Arts Alliance membership link. 
  2. Download, complete and either email or snail mail this membership form.
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Membership in The Arts Alliance has its benefits:
Creative & Ally Members benefits include:
  • The knowledge that you are making a difference for the arts and creative industries in Washtenaw County and beyond!
  • A listing and website link on The Arts Alliance website.
  • Discounts for ticketed events hosted by The Arts Alliance.
  • Priority event listing and special member-only promotional/advertising opportunities featured in our bi-weekly arts & creative industries newsletter (3,700+ subscribers).
  • The opportunity to be featured on The Arts Alliance’s social media pages.
  • A listing in the Arts + Creative Industries Guide distributed to hundreds of public locations throughout the county and toThe New York Times subscribers
  • Discounts on advertising in the Guide (up to a $300 value!)
  • Guide benefits for Creative Individual and Business Members include:
    • A standard informational listing about your creative business or practice, with a website, email, phone and address.
    • An opportunity to upgrade to an Enhanced Listing for only $150! Includes a listing with your logo and image.
Washtenaw County News 
Ann Arbor's Wild Swan Theater seeks actors for upcoming season, Sarah M. Parlette, All About Ann Arbor, 7/25/19
Hip-hop producers compete - and collaborate - at new monthly Ypsi event, Sarah Rigg, Concentrate, 7/24/19
Motawi Tileworks: From garage to renowned studio in Ann Arbor, Meredith Bruckner, All About Ann Arbor, 7/12/19
Michigan News 
The Heidelberg Project isn't going anywhere, it's evolving, Katie Raymond,, 8/1/19
Knight Foundation launches $750K initiative for immersive technology for the arts, MSU earns funding, Jonathan Shieber, TC, 7/26/19
DIA exhibit to feature 44 works by Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, others, Ken Haddad,, 6/12/19
National News and Beyond
Mary Anne Carter Confirmed as NEA Chairman,, 8/1/19
Hal Prince, Transformational Broadway Producer and Director, Has Died, Jeff Lunden,, 7/31/19
Crowd gathers in Anchorage to mark coming of Alaska State Council on the Arts, Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, 7/22/19
Events, Exhibitions & Workshops
Presented by Members of The Arts Alliance

Special - One Time Events
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra: Downtown Dearborn Kids Day
8/9/19, 2 p.m.
Dearborn Farmers Market
River Raisin Ragtime Revue: 8th Annual Ragtime Extravaganza
8/10/19, 8 p.m.
The Ark, Ann Arbor
Pointless Brewery & Theatre: Beer & Board Games
8/11/19, 4 p.m.
3014 Packard, Ann Arbor
Destination Ann Arbor: Annual UA Block Party
8/12/19, 6 p.m.
Main Street between Liberty and William streets, Ann Arbor
Pittsfield Township Farmers Market
8/15/19, 2 p.m.
Prairie Park, Ann Arbor
Leslie Science & Nature Center: Annual Backyard Campout
Ann Arbor YMCA Camp Birkett
SCRAP Box: Fabric by the Pound Sale
8/23/19, 10 a.m.
581 State Circle, Ann Arbor
UMMA: Progressive Acoustic Music with Warren & Flick
8/25/19, 1 p.m.
525 S. State St., Ann Arbor
Kerrytown Concert House: WIne, Women & Song Benefit Gala
8/25/19, 4 p.m.
The Ark, Ann Arbor
shape // matter Movement Showcase
Liberty Plaza, Ann Arbor
Salt Valley Arts: The Art of Character Illustration and Design
8/31/19, 11 a.m.
400 W. Russell St., Saline
Riverfolk Music and Arts Auction Fundraiser
8/31/19, 4 p.m.
Alber Orchard & Cider Mill, Manchester
UMS: Snarky Puppy
9/8/19, 7 p.m.
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor
Washtenaw Economic Club: Smart Cities: A Connected Way Forward
9/12/19, 11:30 a.m.
Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor
Kickshaw Theatre: The Gala
9/13/19, 8 p.m.
Saganworks, Ann Arbor
Performing Arts
Riverside Arts Center: Hay Fever
79 N. Huron, Ypsilanti

The Purple Rose Theatre: Welcome to Paradise
Ends 8/31/19
137 Park St., Chelsea

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre: Urinetown
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor

Theatre Nova: Admissions
410 Huron St., Ann Arbor

Downtown Ypsilanti
Blue Llama Club: 4th Annual A2 Jazz Fest
314 S. Main St., Ann Arbor
Art Kettle: "Dear Womanhouse, What Now? The Art of Being Female in America Today"
Ends 8/18/19
22 North Gallery, Ypsilanti
WSG Gallery: "About Face"
Ends 8/31/19
306 S. Main St., Ann Arbor
UMMA: Various Exhibits
Various Dates
525 State St., Ann Arbor
U-M Stamps School of Art and Design: Various Exhibits
Various Dates
2000 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor
Not-for-Profit CFOShare
8/14/19, 4:30 p.m.
Office Evolution, Ann Arbor

Not-for-Profit CFOShare
8/21/19, 4:30 p.m.
Scarab Club, Detroit

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum: Add-On Workshops
Various Dates
220 E. Ann St., Ann Arbor

SCRAP Box: Summer Camp Scrap
Various Dates
581 State Circle, Ann Arbor
Leslie Science & Nature Center
Various Dates
1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor

Find more events on these calendars:
Ann Arbor Observer
Current Magazine
Destination Ann Arbor 

WEMU Community Calendar 

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Mary Anne Carter Confirmed as NEA Chairman New!
UMMA Welcomes Jim Leija
Call for Artists and Auditions
Washtenaw County
Neighborhood Theatre Group: Black Cat Cabaret
Auditions: 8/7/19
Art as Healing Foundation: INTERDEPENDENCE Exhibit
Deadline: 8/10/19
Academy of Russian Ballet: Nutcracker
Auditions: 8/29/19
Wild Swan Theater: 40th Season
Auditions: 9/4-9/5/19
SCRAP Reuse Runway
Deadline: 9/15/19
Art Kettle: Seeing White - Unraveling Systemic Racism
Boychoir of Ann Arbor
Auditions: Ongoing
Art Is In Market
Deadline: Ongoing
CTN TV Studios
Deadline: Ongoing
Riverside Arts Center
Deadline: Ongoing
The Orange Peacock Gallery: ARTitude 
Deadline: Ongoing
Artistica Gallery: Call for Artists
Deadline: Ongoing
The Aquarium Gallery: Call for Installations
Deadline: Ongoing
SphinxConnect Fellowship
Deadline: 10/15/19
Department of Natural Resources: Campfire Storytelling Project
Auditions: Various Dates
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA)
Deadline: Ongoing
Sleeping Bear Dunes Artist Residency
Deadline: Ongoing
Vending Machine Project
Deadline: Ongoing
South Haven Center for the Arts
Deadline: Ongoing
National and Beyond
Aesthetica Art Prize
Deadline: 8/31/19
Ann Arbor Film Festival
Deadline: 9/30/19
MakeRoom Artist Residency
Deadline: Ongoing
Artist Residency at Lightworks
Deadline: Ongoing
Fellini Studio Art Centre Residency
Deadline: Ongoing
More opportunities can be found on:
Art Jobs

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Funding & Scholarship Opportunities

Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation Dedicated Grant Program
Deadline: 8/16/19

Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation Glacier Hills Legacy Fund "Golden Opportunities" Grant Program
Deadline: Ongoing

W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund
Deadline: Ongoing

Harpo Foundation
Deadline: Ongoing

J.M.K Innovation Prize
Deadline: Ongoing

Arts Council of Greater Lansing
Various Deadlines

National Endowment for the Arts
Various Deadlines

KaBOOM! Grants
Various Deadlines

More opportunities can be found on CultureSource!

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Job, Internships and Volunteer Opportunities
U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Various Jobs

Detroit Institute of Arts, Editor New!

Kresge Foundation, Associate Program Officer Arts & Culture New!

Arts Midwest, NEA Big Read Program Associate New!

MOCAD, Visitor Services + Membership Associate
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Useful Resources
The Arts Alliance's Resource Page - dozens of sites for arts & creative people and businesses.

2019 NEA Guide

Articles and Reports

Arts Funding at Twenty-Five 

Complete Guide to 2018 Artist Grants and Opportunities

2018-19 Arts Midwest Touring Fund Guidelines

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Report

Michigan Nonprofit Association: Career Development Membership
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