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    Leslie Sobel
    Some conversations require more time. In the first of a two-part series, Leslie Sobel, an artist whose work is deeply focused on climate change and our disconnect from the natural world, joins "creative:impact" host Deb Polich to give her the lowdown on artists' residencies. Next week, in part two, Leslie will take us to the site of her most recent residency: The Arctic Circle!
  • Kymm Clark hopes to restore the art and craft of upholstery. Once a skill that allowed furniture to be passed down for generations, it is now rare that worn or damaged furniture is repaired instead of going to the landfill. Kymm joins "creative:impact" host Deb Polich and they talk about how Kymm is invigorating interest in DIY furniture restoration.
  • Have you ever sat down for a meal—maybe a holiday meal and had something you loved—maybe, pumpkin pie— but wondered how put the right ingredients together, threw them in the oven, and made something delicious? If anyone knows where to find the answer, it's Juli McCloone, curator of the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive at the University of Michigan Library. Juli joins "creative:impact" host Deb Polich to talk about the history of food.
  • Every town should have a Mark Tucker! His larger-than-life whimsical creations inspire laughter and frivolity. Parade floats, FestiFools, and giant museum sculptures are his artforms of choice. Learn more about Mark when he meets up with his creative:impact host Deb Polich to have some fun!
  • Dining is often a shared experience and frequently as we gather across the table, a cultural experience. Margaret Carney is the founding director and curator of the International Museum of Dinnerware Design in Ann Arbor. She joins "creative:impact" host Deb Polich to talk about how dinnerware adds to the enjoyment of breaking bread together.
  • Eastern Michigan University, St. Joe’s Hospital, U of M, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Headquarters are but a few of the places where John Nick Pappas’s bronze sculptures greet visitors. He joins "creative:impact" host Deb Polich to talk about his career spanning 50 years.
  • From exhibitions to theater to ghoulish fun, there are plenty of arts and creative events taking place during Ypsi in October. The Neighborhood Theatre Group’s Kristin Danko and Holy Bones Festival’s Holly Schoenfield join host Deb Polich on this edition of "creative:impact" to give her all the ghostly details.
  • Everyone is on the dance floor when the Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance (AACTMAD) strikes up the music. Whether Contra, Swing, Morris, or English County dance, it’s a dance party! Bruce Sagan, a musician and dancer and AACTMAD president, joins "creative:impact" host Deb Polich and tempts her to get out on her dancing shoes.
  • The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra scored a musical triumph when it named Earl Lee, a rising star in the international world of classical music, as its 14th music director and orchestra conductor. Maestro Lee joins "creative:impact" host Deb Polich days before his debut with the orchestra.
  • Mary Kerr is the doyen of destination marketing. As the doyen of destination marketing, she has led our travel and tourism bureau for the last 27 years putting the greater Ann Arbor area — including Washtenaw County arts and cultural attractions —on the travel and tourism map. Mary joins "creative:impact" host Deb Polich to talk about her career and her upcoming retirement.
  • Straddling Washtenaw and Jackson Counties, the Waterloo Farm and the Dewey School Museum is a cultural heritage site that has preserved the way of life for pioneer farmers of Michigan, including their family life and their children’s schooling. Join Deb Polich on this edition of "creative:impact" to meet Ralph Schumacher, who has deep connections to the site and learn what you can discover from years gone past.
  • Fifty years ago, in June 1972, the first LGBTQ+ pride celebration was held in Detroit. It was a seminal moment now captured in illustrations by Isabel Clare Paul in a comic book: "Come Out! In Detroit." Join Deb Polich on this edition of "creative:impact" to meet Isabel and also learn the important role played by Ann Arbor activists at the start of the movement.