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Art And Soul: The Visual Arts - Multiple Murals In Ann Arbor

Aug 10, 2017

Olivia Guterson (left) and Omari Rush (right).
Credit Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

This week, Art and Soul is about the visual arts in our community.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by Omari Rush, vice president of strategic initiatives for the Ann Arbor Art Center and Olivia Guterson. Guterson is a recruiting coordinator for Duo Security in Ann Arbor and also an artist painting a mural in the company's newest location the historic Allmendinger Building on First Street in Ann Arbor.

Duo Security and the Ann Arbor Art Center are creating special indoor murals in their buildings simultaneously.  Olivia Guterson is one of three artists creating a mural inside the Allmendinger building where Duo moved some of its offices in Ann Arbor several months ago.  At the Art Center, five artists will spend 3 weeks creating murals on the second floor gallery at the Art Center, and the community will be allowed inside to participate from August 15th through September 7th as part of a "process focused exhibition."  The Ann Arbor Art Center murals are temporary and will eventually be painted over.

Guterson works on her mural.
Credit Olivia Guterson

We also discussed an upcoming project in Ann Arbor creating art on manhole covers in public spaces.  Artists can submit their ideas art for manhole covers in the fall to the Art Center.  There will be town hall meetings in September to get ideas from the community.

Guterson's mural.
Credit Olivia Guterson

There was also information offered about grants available to teachers to pay for art supplies in their classrooms.  The Michigan Youth Arts Association is partnering with the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and is offering $1500 grants to teachers to pay for art supplies to use in their classrooms.  Teachers can apply online at michiganyoutharts.org

The application process is open now.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu