creative:impact

Tuesdays during Morning Edition 7:50am & 9:50am

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 will explore the people, places and things that serve as the driving force behind one of Michigan's strongest cultural hubs.

 89.1 WEMU is proud to report an expansion of local content that will take you behind the scenes of the creative industries in Washtenaw County.  This feature will explore the impacts, often unseen, these efforts have on our quality of life.  Deb Polich is President and CEO of The Arts Alliance and WEMU's lead content partner on this project.  creative:impact will air at 7:50am and 9:50am each Tuesday as part of Morning Edition. 

Bill and Mary Kinley
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."


Afa Dworkin
The Sphinx Organization / sphinxmusic.org

Last week, Aaron P. Dworkin was shown how much of a force he is in the creative industry.  His spouse, Afa S. Dworkin, has done her share to expand creative minds as well.  She is head of the Sphinx Organization and co-recepient of the Outstanding Service Medal at the upcoming pARTy 2019.  Afa talks about her journey with WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich in this week's "creative:impact."


Aaron Dworkin
Aaron P. Dworkin / Facebook

Aaron P. Dworkin is a force!  Hear his story of how he turned his personal experience as a young Black violinist, acutely aware of the lack of diversity both on stage and in the audience in concert halls into a movement -- but not before engaging his life partner Afa S. Dworkin.  Aaron tells his story this week with WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich.  We'll hear Afa's on "creative:impact" next week.


Joan Morris and William Bolcom

"The pARTy 2019," in which the Arts Alliance honors those who have made significant contributions to the arts, is coming up on February 11th.  This year's recepients of the Lifetime Achievement Medal are the musical, husband-and-wife duo, William Bolcom and Joan Morris.  WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance President and CEO Deb Polich sat down with Bolcom and Morris to discuss their decades-long career in this week's "creative:impact."


pARTy
The Arts Alliance / a3arts.org

Every year, the Arts Alliance hosts a reception to honor those who invest in and contribute to the arts scene in Washtenaw County and around the world.  In this week's "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich talk about this event, which is best known as "The pARTy!"


Santa
Melvin the Elf / Santa's North Pole Workshop

There's only one more week until a certain, jolly old elf and his reindeer come to your town.  But, he still found time in his busy schedule for a very special interview.  Santa Claus himself talks with WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich for this week's "creative:impact."


Terry Farmer
Courtesy Photo / terryfarmermusic.com

Music can always brighten up your holiday season.  That is part of the Terry Farmer's mission.  Farmer is the director of contemporary services at First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor.  He discusses his musical journey with WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich in this week's "creative:impact."


Regina Lambert-Hayut
Temple Beth Emeth / templebethemeth.org

The holidays are busy time for everyone, especially for musicians who work in religious settings.  Still, the work of these musicians make the season so much brighter.  In this week's "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich talk about the importance of faith-based music and year-round congregational service work.  Regina Lambert-Hayut is the cantor at Temple Beth Emeth synagogue in Ann Arbor and shares her experience as the Jewish community celebrates Hannukah. 


Deb Polich
Lauren James / twitter.com

Artists need people to help get the word out on their work, which can be a lot of work by itself.  Fortunately, there are conferences that help making such public relations work more effective.  WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich talks to Arts Alliance communications director Lauren James about such events, including the first-ever "Creative Washtenaw Communications Conversation," in this week's "creative:impact."


Duster / Artrain 1986

Back in 1986, artists submitted graffiti art to decorate the outside of the "Artrain" railcars.  Later this month, renderings of those pieces will go up for auction in Paris, France, where the proceeds will benefit art programs, here at home.  A treasure trove of art of the past will help fund the art of the future.  WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance president and CEO Deb Polich take you back and look forward in this week's "creative:impact."


Maker Works
Maker Works / maker-works.com

When you think of band saws, sanders, and lathes, it's easy to think about a woodshop where lumber and sheet metal are cut.  Art and commerce are created but, at Maker Works in Ann Arbor, so is a sense of community.  In this week's "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich talk with Tom Root, co-founder of the Maker Works Shop in Ann Arbor.


Dana Heller
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Eastern Michigan University continues to bundle the arts and sciences in its program offerings.  Many colleges across the country have separated the disciplines.  The committment to maintain the marriage of arts and sciences is what led Dr. Dana Heller to EMU.  Heller is the recently-appointed Dean of Arts and Sciences.  In this week's "creative:impact,"  Dr. Heller discusses her passion for, and the importance of, this kind of education.  


Deb Polich
David Fair / 89.1 WEMU

The performing arts have always been a part of Washtenaw County's culture, and two University of Michigan students are expanding that tradition.  Thomas Laub and Emma Ashford talk about their new, Ann Arbor-based theater company, Runyonland Productions, with WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich in this week's "creative:impact."

Melissa Bondy
Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios

Public radio and television are essential in the artistic community.  Yet, there's another form of broadcasting that helps get the artistic word out.  In this week's "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance president and CEO Deb Polich talk to Melissa Bondy, Community Television Network's (CTN) assistant manager of community engagement and education, about the process of making quality, and impactful,  community television.


Maija Garcia
Majia Garcia / organicmagnetics.com

Washtenaw County's artistic influence can spread all across the country. One former Ann Arbor resident is a prime example.  In this week's "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich talk to director/choreographer Maija Garcia, who was just appointed director of professional training at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.


Susan Pollay
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."


Jennifer Goulet
Courtesy Photo / Creative Many Michigan

The arts are an essential part of living here in Washtenaw County and all over Michigan and the area's creative talent drives the economy.  That is why organizations like the Arts Alliance and Creative Many Michigan exist.  Jennifer Goulet is the  outgoing president and CEO of Creative Many Michigan. She discusses arts advocacy with WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich in this week's "creative:impact."


Courtesy Photo / Myra Klarman

Ann Arbor resident Cathy Gendron describes herself as "someone with a serious need to draw," and that need has led to quite a career.  She talks about her artistic journey with WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich in this week's "creative:impact."


Russ Collins
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

In this week's "creative:impact," prepare for a rare WEMU crossover event!  WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance president and CEO Deb Polich talk with Michigan and State Theater executive director--and "Cinema Chat" co-host--Russ Collins!  They'll discuss  what operating movie theaters means to the economic and community growth.


creative:impact-The Academic Study Of Music

Aug 21, 2018
Mark Clague
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance / umich.edu

Music certainly plays a large part in the artistic world.  It can also stimulate the academic part of our brains, too.  In this week's "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance president and CEO Deb Polich found the perfect person with which to to explore the subject.  Dr. Mark Clague is a noted musicologist and is Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. 


Amanda Krugliak
University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities / lsa.umich.edu

Literature and the arts--collectively known as the humanities--are an essential part of our culture from a local to a global level.  In this week's "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich talk about how the humanities affect our world view and understanding with Amanda Krugliak, the arts curator and assistant director of arts programming at the University of Michigan's Institute for the Humanities.


Mike Gould / mikegouldlaserartist.com

When people think of lasers, they usually think of things like laser pointers, corrective eye surgery, or epic battles in a science-fiction movie.  But one Ann Arbor native has found ways to make lasers into art.  Mike Gould, co-founder of Illuminatus Lasers, joins WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich to talk about his craft in this week's "creative:impact."


Primary election day is a week away: Tuesday, August 7th.  The Creative Washtenaw Votes 2018 August Primary Survey includes responses and answers to hard questions about issues that are important to the creative sector, from candidates running for mayor to governors and the county commissioner.  Thirty-three candidates running in races at the local, state and national level responded.  What have we learned?  Find out in this week's 'creative:impact' with WEMU's David Fair and Deb Polich, the president and CEO of The Arts Alliance. 


David Barrett
Courtesy Photo / davidbarrett.com

Many of you may have heard the song "One Shining Moment" during the NCAA basketball tournament.  IT has been used as the close to the March Madness tournament every year since 1987. What you may not know is the writer of that tune is an Ann Arbor resident.  Composer and singer-songwriter David Barrett talks about his illustrious career with WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich in this week's "creative:impact."


Rick Coughlin / Grove Studios

Music and Art.  While decidedly individual at times, collaboration is key in getting the product to market. Some of that is dependent on finding the people and places that allow for creation.  That is at the heart of Grove Studios in Ypsilanti.  Meet Rick Coughlin, a co-founder, and learn about the ongoing evolution a facility designed to put music and art out in the community. 


Jesse Meria

After stops as managing director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia and as president of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Mathew Van Besien chose Ann Arbor.  He left what many consider to be the cultural hub of the world to become the 7th president of UMS, the University Musical Society.  He began the job on July 1st of 2017 and, with an eye to the future, spent time reflecting on his first year in town and on the job. 


Eastern Michigan University was among the first in the nation to create an Arts Management program.  That was back in 1978.  Professor Susan Badger Booth now helms the Arts Managament and Administration programs and reflects back and looks ahead in this week's edition of "creative:impact." 


The African American And Cultural Historical Museum Of Washtenaw County

For years, it has been a museum without walls.  In the near future, that is going to change.  Deb Polich, president and CEO of The Arts Alliance, joins WEMU's David Fair to explore the backstory of the African American and Cultural History Museum and look ahead to when the brick-and-mortar iteration of the museum will open.  Museum president and CEO Joyce Hunter joins them to provide the answers. 


dessous

The English translation of the French word "dessous' is "underneath."  That's where you'll find the one of Ann Arbor's newest downtown eateries. "dessous' occupies an underground space that used to house "Melange." The menu and the space itself have been transformed into an entirely new experience for patrons.  In this week's "creative:impact" on WEMU, you'll hear from co-owner Jay Mullick and consulting chef Eve Aronoff,  on the creative process in creating something entirely new. 


Bank of Ann Arbor

Over the years, Bank of Ann Arbor has become the 2nd largest bank in Ann Arbor.  As the institution has grown, so has its investment in local music, art and cultural institutions.  There are now more than 30- such entities getting bank support from a pool of more than $5 million.  And, the president of the bank says that number will grow in the years to come.  In this week's edition of WEMU's 'creative:impact,' Tim Marshall explains why he believes corporate giving is vital to the area's cultural vibrancy. 


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