Forsythe Middle School Student Captures National Award in International Aviation Art Contest

Forsythe Middle School Student Captures National Award in International Aviation Art Contest

by The Ann Arbor Independent Editorial Team The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) announced today that Jennifer Meng, a 13-year-old student at Forsythe Middle School in Ann Arbor had captured 2nd prize in the 2017 International Aviation Art Contest. All national winners receive certificates, ribbons and a framed reproduction of their artwork. Meng competed in Category II (Intermediate), open to artists aged […]

Two Ann Arbor Organizations Land NEA Grants

Two Ann Arbor Organizations Land NEA Grants

THE NATIONAL Endowment for the Arts recently announced that two Ann Arbor organizations had been awarded two grants totaling $28,000. The grants are awarded through the NEA’s Art Works and State and Regional Partnership grant categories. Kerrytown Concert Hall was awarded a $18,000 NEA grant and the Community Action Network was awarded a $10,000 grant. […]

Michigan Council for the Arts Awards Grants Worth $749K to Washtenaw County Organizations

Michigan Council for the Arts Awards Grants Worth $749K to Washtenaw County Organizations

by Rob Smith THE MICHIGAN COUNCIL for Arts and Cultural Affairs recently announced that the organization had awarded $9.7 million to cultural organizations in Michigan. That’s up 27 percent over the $7.6 million in grant money awarded last year, and up 73 percent over the $5.6 million in grant money distributed in 2013. Washtenaw County […]

A2 Arts Alliance Exec. Director: “We Advised the Mayor NOT to Put An Art Tax on the Ballot”

A2 Arts Alliance Exec. Director: “We Advised the Mayor NOT to Put An Art Tax on the Ballot”

In July 2012 Deb Polich (pronounced Polick) was named the new executive director of the Ann Arbor Arts Alliance. In August, says Polich, “We—the Arts Alliance Board and myself—had a meeting with Mayor Hieftje and Council members Taylor (Christopher Taylor, Ward 3) and Lumm (Jane Lumm, Ward 2), and we told them that a ballot proposal […]

“Let Them Eat Art!” Why Refusing To Kill The Percent for Art Program Could Mean the Ouster of More Local Pols

“Let Them Eat Art!” Why Refusing To Kill The Percent for Art Program Could Mean the Ouster of More Local Pols

We begin with a fairytale: Once Upon A Time there were five Ann Arbor City Council members named Sandi Smith, Carsten Hohnke, Leigh Greden, Stephen Rapundalo and Tony Derezinski. They all unquestioningly supported Ann Arbor’s Percent for Art program. They did this while funding a $1 million dollar brass sculpture, which their subjects referred to as […]

Was Council Aware of the Successful Class Action Lawsuit Against Seattle’s Percent For Art Program Before Approving Ann Arbor’s Art Ordinance?

Was Council Aware of the Successful Class Action Lawsuit Against Seattle’s Percent For Art Program Before Approving Ann Arbor’s Art Ordinance?

By P.D. Lesko In 2007, Ann Arbor City Council passed the Public Art Ordinance that sets aside one percent of funds from all public construction budgets for art projects — to a maximum of $250,000 per project. On the City of Ann Arbor web site, it says that John Hieftje “championed the Percentage for Art Program to […]