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creative:impact - COVID Is Unfair To The Ann Arbor Art Fairs

Ann Arbor Art Fair
Frances Todoro-Hargreaves

The Ann Arbor Art Fair just had its second major COVID-19 hit. The directors of the fairs announced that the streets of Ann Arbor will be ghosted again this year by one of the highest rated art fairs in the country. Frances Todoro-Hargreaves, director of the State Street District Art Fair, joins Creative Washtenaw's Deb Polich and WEMU's David Fair and tells them of the difficult decision to cancel the art fairs on "creative: impact."

Deb Polich
Deb Polich, President and CEO of Creative Washtenaw

Creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy.  In the weeks and months to come, 89.1 WEMU's David Fair and co-host Deb Polich, the President and CEO of Creative Washtenaw, explore the myriad of contributors that make up the creative sector in Washtenaw County.


Frances Todoro-Hargreaves, a community leader, is the Executive Director of the State Street District in downtown Ann Arbor.

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Frances Todoro-Hargreaves

Before joining the State Street District, Frances worked with McKinley, where she was the development liaison for new and redevelopment projects in various communities, and in the Office of the Mayor John Hieftje, where she ran daily operations and served on various committees.

In addition to her current job, Frances is also the vice-chair of the Ann Arbor Independent Community Police Oversight Commission.

M.A. Geography, Community Planning and Affordable Housing, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC B.A. in geography from Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

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— David Fair is the WEMU News Director and host of Morning Edition on WEMU.  You can contact David at 734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at

Nearly three-quarters of David Fair’s 20+ years in radio has been at WEMU. Since 1994, he has been on the air at 5am each weekday on 89.1 FM as the local host of NPR’s Morning Edition. Over the years, Fair has had the opportunity to interview nationally and internationally known politicians, activists and celebrities. But he feels the most important features and interviews have been with those who live and work here at home. He believes his professional passions and desires fit perfectly into WEMU’s commitment to serving a local audience.
Polich co-hosts the weekly segment creative:impact with David Fair which feature creative people, jobs and businesses in the greater Ann Arbor area.
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