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Deb Polich

Deb Polich

Co-host of creative:impact

Polich co-hosts the weekly segment creative:impact with David Fair which feature 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. 

  • 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.
  • That’s the belief of Robin Robinson, a talented musician, Broadway musical actor, and singer/songwriter who now fills her soul helping children and their families discover the joy of music at Robinsongs for Kids. Join host Deb Polich on this edition of "creative:impact" to meet Robin and hear why she was inspired to leave New York to teach.
  • Volunteers are the energy behind many nonprofit organizations. A great volunteer never overstays their welcome. The Ann Arbor Summer Festival knows Steve Guttman is a great volunteer. He’s been with them for decades! Join Deb Polich on this edition of "creative:impact" to meet Steve and hear why he’s at the Top of the Park year after year.
  • Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior. These magnificent Great Lakes transcend borders connecting two countries, eight states, and two provinces. Long the fascination of writers, much has been written about these deep-water lakes. Join Deb Polich on this edition of "creative:impact" to meet Inger Schultz, co-founder of the Library of the Great Lakes.
  • There are so many American myths: the Mayflower Story, George Washington never telling a lie, and then there is Francis Scott Key penning the lyrics to what became our national anthem. How much is of the "Star-Spangled Banner" story is true? Join Deb Polich on this edition of "creative impact." She welcomes back musicologist Mark Clague, whose new book, "O Say Can You Hear?" breaks down the music from the myth.
  • A visual artist creates images to help us see the world. A poet uses words to do the same. Both have the power to link us to our hearts and souls. Keith Taylor is an award-winning poet who has published thousands of lines of poetry. Join Deb Polich on this edition of "creative impact" to meet Keith and hear how and why he turns words into expression.
  • Washtenaw County Clerk and Register of Deeds Larry Kestenbaum moonlights in the creative world as photographer, illustrator, and the master sleuth behind "The Political Graveyard," the most comprehensive single free source for American political biographies, including how politicians died and where they are buried. Join Deb Polich on this edition of "creative:impact" when Larry tells her about his obsession with political history.
  • Journalists quickly become subject experts on the stories they cover. Ann Arborite Michael Hodges spent 30 years at The Detroit News. No doubt his research and storytelling skills positioned him well to become an author. Join Deb Polich on this edition of "creative:impact" to meet journalist turned author, Michael Hodges. They talk about his career and his recent book about famed architect Albert Kahn.