creative:impact-Keeping Downtown Ann Arbor Artistically Powerful

Sep 18, 2018

Susan Pollay, executive director of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority
Credit Susan Pollay

Downtown Ann Arbor has become a major hub for the art scene, and it takes a lot of work maintaining that ideal.  Susan Pollay, executive director of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, talks to WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich about the efforts Ann Arbor takes to keep public art thriving 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. 

Ann Arbor Powerart 2018 Finalists:

"Our Souls are Flowers"
Credit Elise Beckman

"Because I Cannot Sleep"
Credit John Gutoskey
"Birds on Wire"
Credit Joel Henry-Fisher
"Blue Fish"
Credit Katherine Larson
"First Frost"
Credit Tempest NeuCollins
"Ara117 Apo"
Credit Matthew Shlian
"People of Technology"
Credit Tim Gralewski
"Lake Michigan Blues"
Credit Leslie Sobel


Powerart 2016 with (L to R) Susan Pollay, Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor, and Deb Polich
Credit Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority

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