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creative industries

  • Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior. These magnificent Great Lakes transcend borders connecting two countries, eight states, and two provinces. Long the fascination of writers, much has been written about these deep-water lakes. Join Deb Polich on this edition of "creative:impact" to meet Inger Schultz, co-founder of the Library of the Great Lakes.
  • There are so many American myths: the Mayflower Story, George Washington never telling a lie, and then there is Francis Scott Key penning the lyrics to what became our national anthem. How much is of the "Star-Spangled Banner" story is true? Join Deb Polich on this edition of "creative impact." She welcomes back musicologist Mark Clague, whose new book, "O Say Can You Hear?" breaks down the music from the myth.
  • A visual artist creates images to help us see the world. A poet uses words to do the same. Both have the power to link us to our hearts and souls. Keith Taylor is an award-winning poet who has published thousands of lines of poetry. Join Deb Polich on this edition of "creative impact" to meet Keith and hear how and why he turns words into expression.
  • Washtenaw County Clerk and Register of Deeds Larry Kestenbaum moonlights in the creative world as photographer, illustrator, and the master sleuth behind "The Political Graveyard," the most comprehensive single free source for American political biographies, including how politicians died and where they are buried. Join Deb Polich on this edition of "creative:impact" when Larry tells her about his obsession with political history.
  • 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.