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Deb Polich

Host of creative:impact

Polich co-hosts the weekly segment creative:impact, which features creative people, jobs and businesses in the greater Ann Arbor area.

Deb Polich champions the arts and creative industries in her professional, volunteer and personal life. She has 30+ years of professional arts administration experience, including serving as the president/CEO of Artrain, Inc., and since 2013, holding the same position at The Arts Alliance. Polich earned a B.S. in arts administration with a business minor from Eastern Michigan University. She began her professional arts management career at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor beginning as the box office manager and leaving seven years later as the managing director. She serves/has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit arts and community organizations. She currently serves on the boards of Creative Many Michigan as treasurer, Michigan Works! Southeast and three boards at EMU: the College of Arts & Science Advancement Board, the Advisory Boards for the Masters of Public Administration and the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. She serves on the City of Ann Arbor’s Economic Development Advisory Committee and Destination Ann Arbor’s marketing and community grants committee. She is a University of Michigan and EMU Arts Management guest lecturer. 

  • 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.
  • Few things make Sara Billmann happier than a sold-out auditorium or event with an audience responding with enthusiasm. As UMS’s marketing and communications V.P., Sara is known as one of, if not THE best, arts marketer in the country. Sara joins creative:impact host Deb Polich, and they talk about how innovative, data-driven target marketing drives UMS on this edition of "creative:impact."
  • He’s melted his vocation as a business owner to his advocation as a glass artist, finding personal reward and joy in both. He and his wife Lucie’s impact as public art champions can be found in the murals peppering the streets and alleyways in our community. Larry gives creative:impact host Deb Polich a view of their world on this edition of "creative:impact."
  • Dominic Dorset is warming up the floorboards as Kristoff in the national tour of "Frozen." He joined the company after graduating from the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance in the spring. Dominic joins "creative:impact" host Deb Polich to talk about touring across the country and having a reindeer as a best friend.
  • 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.