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creative:impact - Honoring Bill And Mary Kinley's Arts Philanthropy In Washtenaw County

Feb 5, 2019

Bill and Mary Kinley
Credit The Arts Alliance / a3arts.org

The Arts Alliance's annual "pARTy" is just under a week away, and among those being honored are Bill and Mary Kinley.  Their philanthropic work has supported and expanded the local arts community in many ways.  They discuss their journey with WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich in this week's "creative:impact."


Deb Polich, President and CEO of the Arts Alliance

Creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy.  In the weeks and months to come, 89.1 WEMU's David Fair and co-host Deb Polich, the President and CEO of The Arts Alliance, explore the myriad of contributors that make up the creative sector in Washtenaw County.

About The pARTy 2019

Bill and Mary Kinley - Philanthropic Excellence Medal 2019

The Philanthropic Excellence Medal recognizes those giving of their time, talents and treasures to the arts science and humanities in Washtenaw County and beyond. Bill and Mary Kinley’s legacy as supporters of the arts is long, runs deep and crosses through many Washtenaw County communities.  They have given generously, served on boards, mentored staff, volunteered and worked in the trenches.  The short list of organizations they have impacted includes: the Riverside Art Center; The Ark; Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum; Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original; and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, to name a few.  Even the work of the Kinley's current and formerly-owned businesses, Praxis Properties and Phoenix Construction, crosses into the creative industries touching historic preservation and restoration.  

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