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State Street District Art Fair

A reimagined art fair is coming to the State Street District in 2021 after all. Artists and merchants are excited to bring art back to the downtown district for a pared-down fair that runs Thursday, July 15 – Saturday, July 17. Meeting all the required safety protocol is paramount, says Frances Todoro-Hargreaves, director of the State Street Art Fair, when she makes the announcement to Creative Washtenaw's Deb Polich and WEMU's David Fair on "creative:impact."

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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, which features creative people, jobs and businesses in the greater Ann Arbor area.
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