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Art & Soul: The Visual Arts - Awarding Public Art In Ann Arbor

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.

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Ann Arbor Public Art Commission chair Allison Buck

Ann Arbor Public Art Commission chair Allison Buck talks about the newest public art creations around Ann Arbor and what they are looking forward to being created in the future.  She says they are once again looking for nominations for the “Golden Paintbrush Award”  by the end of this month. 

The award recognizes adults, children, and organizations who have encouraged creativity in Ann Arbor's publicly visible spaces. ​

Nominations are now openand will be accepted through April 30, 2021. 

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Brush Monkey Mural in Ann Arbor

Many public art projects stood out in Ann Arbor this past year, including:

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Allison Buck's two sons looking at David Zinn art


**Special thanks to Paul Keller for providing the Art & Soul theme music.**

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu

Lisa Barry was a reporter, and host of All Things Considered on 89.1 WEMU.
Omari Rush has a continually expanding role of service as both an artistic administrator and community leader, in part through his work as curator of public programs at the Ann Arbor Art Center.
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