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

The arts + creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy, add to our quality of life and place and interconnect with other sectors. creative:impact is an exclusive feature of WEMU 89.1 FM that features the artists and creative people – professionals, amateurs, students and industry experts leading the sector locally, nationally and internationally – who have creative practices, own creative businesses and hold creative jobs in profit, nonprofit, educational and government entities.

With deep connections to Washtenaw County, they make the greater Ann Arbor area one of Michigan's strongest and most vibrant arts + creative industry hubs. creative:impact airs Tuesday mornings at 7:49 a.m. and 9:49 a.m. during Morning Edition.

  • 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.
  • The perennial blossoming of the University of Michigan’s Peony Garden is a sure sign of spring. Perennial, yes, but this year, there is something extra to celebrate. The Peony Garden marks its 100th anniversary. Join Deb Polich on this edition of "creative:impact" to meet Doug Conley, garden coordinator at the University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. They talk about the art of public gardens and learn what's planned for the celebration.
  • Embracing Our Differences plants the seeds of diversity, equity, and inclusion in billboard-sized art installations sprinkled throughout four parks in Washtenaw County. Join Deb Polich on this edition of "creative:impact," and meet organizers Nancy Margolis and Lynne Settles to hear more about this exciting project.
  • Playing video games can be fun, creative, and educational. No, really! It's true! Just ask Bia Hamed, director of K-12 STEM Outreach at Eastern Michigan University. Join Deb Polich on this edition of "creative:impact" and hear how Bia’s programs and her Digital Divas and Digital Dudes are turning young people onto careers in STEM subjects.
  • Inspiring a generation of college students, studying a variety of subjects, to consider careers in the arts is the goal of the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Michigan Culture Corps Internship Fund at the University of Michigan. Join Deb Polich on this edition of "creative:impact" and meet Lizzie and Jon as they tell us why they believe students and cultural organizations can benefit from a diversity of talents.
  • From script to the silver screen, Jim Burnstein’s characters come to life. Now, the screenwriter of "Renaissance Man" gives voice to characters in a new way. Join Deb Polich on this edition of "creative:impact" and hear how Jim’s graphic novel, "Ham-Let: A Shakespearean Mash-up," extends his creativity.
  • Food—glorious food—is the subject of this "creative:impact." We meet Brooke Boyst and Andrew Schneider, museum studies graduate students at EMU. They are on the team behind the "Hamburgers for Breakfast" exhibition at the McKenny Gallery. Join Deb Polich’s conversation with Brooke and Andrew to hear what they discovered in Eastern’s archives, about the pairing of food, and the EMU student experience.
  • Have you ever met a five-year old who didn’t like to color or sing a song? How about a 65 year old? What happened in between? Join host Deb Polich on 'creative:impact" to find out when she meets Decky Alexander and Tyler Calhoun of Limelight and learns how creative aging programs are helping people rediscover the joy of creativity.
  • The greater Ann Arbor area economy is beginning to recover from the gut-punch thrown by the COVID pandemic. On this edition of "creative:impact," we look at how a 1931 startup, the International Radio Corporation, and Argus Camera helped drive Ann Arbor’s recovery from the Great Depression. Cheryl Chidester, curator of the Argus Museum, tells the tale when she joins Deb Polich of Creative Washtenaw and host of "creative:impact."
  • A good hearty laugh, one that brings tears to your eyes, feels so good but doesn’t happen often enough for most of us.Mike Farah, though, probably has hilarious encounters every day. Having grown up in Ann Arbor, Mike leads “Funny or Die,” the comedy production company behind such hits as "Between Two Ferns," "Brockmire," and "Flipped." Mike stops in for a chat and a laugh with Deb Polich of Creative Washtenaw and host of "creative:impact."