CultureSource

Amy Fracker
Riverside Arts Center / riversidearts.org

Impacted like a lot of other arts organizations during the pandemic, the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti has had its share of ups and downs. But there is a new executive director: Amy Fracker. She talks with Lisa Barry and Omari Rush about her vision for the Ypsilanti arts facility and how she hopes to serve and connect with the local arts community moving forward.


Creal Microgallery

Joe Levickas created the Creal Microgallery exhibition space located on Creal Crescent in Ann Arbor. It was designed as a publicly viewable, breadbox-sized exhibition space for small works and features contemporary art in a range of media, giving special attention to small moments, playful experiments, and unexpected discoveries.

Lisa Barry and Omari Rush talk to Levickas about his miniature art exhibit.


Gary Horton
Gary Horton / Horton Paint Co.

Gary Horton, originally from Ann Arbor, moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1996 to study fine art and design at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. This is where he developed his unique style and range. 

He talks with Lisa Barry and Omari Rush about his work from murals to beverage cans that can be seen both inside and outside around Washtenaw County and around the state.


The Hosting / the-hosting.org

A special art exhibit is taking place in Ann Arbor this month, which could be considered a "partially post-pandemic art exhibition." Lisa Barry and Omari Rush talk with the organizer, Anya Klapischak, about what they're calling, "What Feels Real: Art in the Time of Impossible Disconnect."


Mary Thiefels

The Ann Arbor Public Art Commission is an advisory body to City Council with the goal of creating public art in Ann Arbor that improves the aesthetic quality of public spaces and structures and provides cultural and recreational opportunities.  Lisa Barry and Omari Rush talk to commission chair Allison Buck about public art in the city and the revival of the Golden Paintbrush Award.


Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation
Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation / aaacf.org

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the visual arts in our community.  WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by state and local arts leader Omari Rush and Amina Iqbal of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation to talk about the art opportunities provided by the foundation and what new opportunities lie ahead as we emerge from the past year in a pandemic.


Penny Stamps Speaker Series / stamps.umich.edu

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the visual arts.  Lisa Barry, along with state and local arts leader Omari Rush, talk with Chrisstina Hamilton, director of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series at the University of Michigan.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
Jenna Bacalor / Ann Arbor Public Schools

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the visual arts.  Lisa Barry and state and local arts leader Omari Rush talk with Jenna Bacolor, executive director of Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Division, about the many community arts opportunities provided by the "Rec and Ed" department in the school district.


Omari Rush
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Just a few months into the year, life changed for everyone, including local artists, due to a global health crisis.  Lisa Barry talks with Omari Rush, executive director of CultureSource and Chair of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, about how that impacted the visual arts community and how that community will be changed in the coming years due to that impact.


John Gutoskey

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the visual arts.  WEMU's Lisa Barry and state and local arts leader Omari Rush talk with Marie Klopf, founder and CEO of the Ann Arbor Art Center, about how they have been able to survive and even thrive during the current pandemic.  There is also discussion about two local art exhibits, both including the work of Ann Arbor artist John Gutoskey.  


Mail Art
Jamie Vander Broek

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the visual arts.  Lisa Barry is joined by state and local arts leader Omari Rush and Jamie Vander Broek from the University of Michigan Book Arts Studio at the U-M Library.  The University Library is partnering with the Ann Arbor District Library to capture the feelings of these difficult times using "Mail Art."


Avery Williamson / Instagram

This week, "Art and Soul" focuses on the local visual arts.  WEMU's Lisa Barry and state and local arts leader Omari Rush talk with Avery Williamson, who works with many different types of materials to weave and paint and write blending her love of history, especially the history of Black women in this country.


Riverside Arts Center
Riverside Arts Center / riversidearts.org

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local visual arts scene.  WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by Omari Rush, executive director of CultureSource and Chair of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.  They talk with Elisa Guyton, executive director of the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti, who has been working hard to keep the center connected to the community during a pandemic which began just a few months after she took over the job.


Omari Rush
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Omari Rush is a state and local arts leader and co-host of "Art and Soul: The Visual Arts" here on WEMU.  As executive director of CultureSource and an African American man, he wrote a message in response to recent racial incidents with police to artists and the community and shared it with WEMU's Lisa Barry.


University of Michigan Museum of Art / umma.umich.edu

With most museums and public art spaces closed due to the current public health crisis, people are still enjoying art in new ways.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined  by state and local arts leader Omari Rush and the head of education for the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Jim Leija, to talk about how the museum is still connecting to art lovers all over the world.


Omari Rush
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the visual arts.  WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by Omari Rush, the executive director of CultureSource and chair of the Michigan Council For The Arts and Cultural Affairs to talk about the impact of the current health pandemic is having on local artists and arts organizations.


University of Michigan
University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts / lsa.umich.edu

On this week's "Art & Soul: The Visual Arts," WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by Omari Rush, executive director of CultureSource and chair of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and Nora Krinitsky, Interim Director of the Prison Creative Arts Project at the University of Michigan.

They talk about the program, its 25th annual exhibition, and creative expression as a human right.


Guild of Artists and Artisans / theguild.org

The visual arts scene is a vital part of the Washtenaw County community.  In this edition of "Art and Soul," WEMU’s Lisa Barry and state and local arts leader Omari Rush talk to Elizabeth Youngs about the new Gutman Gallery opening in Ann Arbor.


Penny Stamps Speaker Series
Joan Marcus

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the visual arts in our community.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by state and local arts leader Omari Rush and special guest Chrisstina Hamilton from the Penny Stamps Speaker Series, who outlines a number of unique theatre events they have planned for the new year.


Yourist
Yourist Studio Gallery / youristpottery.com

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local visual arts community.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by state and local arts leader Omari Rush and special guest Kay Yourist of Yourist Studio Gallery in Ann Arbor.

The studio gallery is one of several places holding special events and sales the weekend of December 13-15 in Ann Arbor to purchase unique gifts of art and support local artists.


University of Michigan / umich.edu

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local visual arts scene.  WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by state and local arts leader Omari Rush and Amanda Krugliak, curator at the Institute For The Humanities at the University of Michigan.  They talk about a new mural depicting the first African-American student admitted to the University of Michigan.


SCRAP
Scrap Box / scrapbox.org

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local visual arts scene.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with state and local arts leader Omari Rush and Kate Higgins from Ann Arbor’s “Scrap Box” about a new fashion show they’ve created with an environmental impact.  


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.


Ann Arbor
International Museum of Dinnerware Design / dinnerwaremuseum.org

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the visual arts.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with state and local arts leader Omari Rush and Dr. Margaret Carney, director of the International Museum of Dinnerware Design in Ann Arbor.


Baseball
Phil Dewey

This week, local and state arts leader Omari Rush and WEMU’s Lisa Barry talk with an Ann Arbor artist who uses a variety of mediums to create art of historic Negro League baseball players.  They also talk about several other visual art opportunities in our area.


Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts / americansforthearts.org

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the visual arts.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with with a creative strategist working with the Americans for the Arts sponsoring an artist workshop in Ypsilanti later this month.  Roseann Weiss says they're looking forward to connecting with a "room full of artists" at Riverside Arts Center on May 21st.


Lisa Barry

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the visual arts in our community.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry and Omari Rush talk to the founder of Tree Town Murals, Mary Thiefels.


Jocelyn Edin

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the visual arts.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by local and state arts leader Omari Rush.  Since the conversation will be heard on and around Valentine's Day, the discussion focuses on what it means to be an art lover and the meaning that can be derived from art.


Works in Progress
Ann Arbor Art Center / annarborartcenter.org

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the visual arts.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by state and local arts leader Omari Rush and Megan Winkel of the Ann Arbor Art Center to talk about several visual arts events in the Ann Arbor area, including one that explores what art is.

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.


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