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creative washtenaw

  • 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."
  • “Always look up” they say, but in Ann Arbor, you should always LOOK DOWN, so you don’t miss a chance encounter with Nadine the Mouse or another of artist David Zinn’s familiar characters who turn sidewalk imperfections into art. David Zinn's new book, "Chance Encounters," launches this month. He stops in for a catch-up with Deb Polich of Creative Washtenaw and host of "creative:impact."
  • Just a few years out of U of M’s film school, Anna Baumgarten is already an award-winning filmmaker. Hear her story and how, with the help of another U of M film grad, Danny Mooney, her film "Disfluency" grew from a short to an award-winning, feature-length film. They join host Deb Polich of Creative Washtenaw on this edition of "creative:impact."