89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Community Foundation

Washtenaw County

Financial assistance requests made to the community group Barrier Busters, a group of over 90 Washtenaw County social services agencies, have tripled during COVID-19.  

Neel Hajra
Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation / aaacf.org

For more than 50 years, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF) has been investing in the community with the aim of improving quality of life.  While the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t altered its mission, it has forced some changes in how the foundation decides how and where to apply its philanthropic efforts.  In this week’s "Washtenaw United" conversation, WEMU’s David Fair explores the changing landscape with the CEO of the AAACF, Neel Hajra. 


Mary Thiefels

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local visual arts community.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by state and local arts leader Omari Rush and the art coordinator at the Kerrytown Concert House, Nancy Wolfe, about a visual arts exhibit currently on display there.


John Gutoskey

This week, "Art and Soul" is a look back at many of the visual arts activities we talked about in 2018.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by state and local arts leader Omari Rush, who showcase the wide variety of arts activities and events that took place in our community.


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the visual arts in our community.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by Omari Rush, executive director of CultureSource and the chair of the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, and Katie Van Dusen from the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.  They talk about a just-released neighborhood arts program focusing on bringing new art to Washtenaw County neighborhoods and giving opportunities to local artists to share their work.


AAACF

From its youth council to serving the growing needs of seniors in Washtenaw County, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation is a philanthropic organization with a broad community focus intending to connect and engage with area residents.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry talks with foundation president and CEO Neel Hajra about the foundation's annual community meeting taking place on May 7th.


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Washtenaw County commissioners passed a resolution Wednesday night to merge local convention and visitors bureaus into one countywide department. Some arts advocates, including Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich, are critical of the proposal for not specifying how much funding the new CVB will devote to arts and culture.