community

Shawn Bungo

Glass artist Shawn Bungo lives in Ypsilanti, where he created a neighborhood art exchange similar to the little libraries you see in some areas.

He talks with Lisa Barry about his idea and how it has helped him connect with his neighbors in the currently recommended, socially distanced way.


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

This week, "On The Ground Ypsi" is about several local gardening operations that encourage Ypsilanti residents to build resiliency in themselves and their community with the creation of gardens which help provide alternative food systems.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with On the Ground Ypsi project manager Sarah Rigg and Bee Ayer, director of programs for Ypsilanti's Growing Hope, about their class for this coming spring and summer.


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the art of well being.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry's guest is local businesswoman Sarah Whitsett, who created a local magazine called "The Brick Magazine," focusing on women who contribute to the foundation in the community in a positive manner.

   

Yen Azzaro

Ypsilanti artist Yen Azzaro has participated in a number of different local art projects and has done graphic artistry for the Ford Motor Company, The Kresge Foundation, and Eastern Michigan University among others.  She used her skills to create special signs for several area homeless people to provide them with a human connection and hope for a better future.

She shares more about the project she refers to as "homeless and hopeful" with 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry.


Ann Arbor
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

One of the biggest issues in Ann Arbor is a lack of affordable housing.  There's a special community summit planned for next week to address the issue.


The Dispute Resolution Center

A single freeway stands between two Washtenaw County communities. but some aspects of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti can seem much farther apart.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with the Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Center of Washtenaw County, Belinda Dulin, about a special community conversation they are organizing to give people a safe space to talk about their perceptions and expectations for the two cities.


Eastern Michigan University

A community forum is planned for Tuesday evening, March 28th to gather input for the creation of a Community "Unity" Mural being planned for the Eastern Michigan University campus.

I spoke with one of the organizers, EMU student Steven Kwasny.

Lisa Barry

Beatriz Vargas is the general manager of Maiz Mexican Cantina in Ypsilanti and came up with an idea to build a wall of stories and sentiments about what it means to immigrants. 

Marilyn Gouin / 89.1 WEMU

On July 21st, WEMU partnered with the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office and 12th District congressional representative Debbie Dingell for a public conversation on the relationship between law enforcement and the area's minority community. With over 500-people in attendance, not all questions were answered, but the panelists agreed to answer those in writing.