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"There is so much to do in our later years," according to Ann Arbor aging expert Dr. Theresa Reid, who shares a lot of information about the possibilities in this month's "Modern Aging" with WEMU's Lisa Barry.


John Gutoskey
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It has been three years since a gunman entered the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida and opened fire.  Recently, a new arts exhibition was unveiled in Orlando to honor those lost in the tragedy, and Ann Arbor artist John Gutoskey's work is prominently featured.  In this week's 'creative:impact,' Gutoskey discusses that work, life as an artist, and the role of social conscience in the creative process.  


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

Back in 2018, the "In Our Neighborhood" grants program awarded funding to several projects in and around Washtenaw County.   One of which was the "Ypsi Fidelity" or "Y-Fi" initiative, created by Nick and Yen Azzaro.  The goal of this particular program was to bring together high school students through the performing arts and other social means.  The Azzaros talk more about their "Y-Fi" project in detail with WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg in this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."


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.