Art & Culture Posts

Sep 10, 2018
While driving around the rural town of Manchester, along its “Tour de Barn Quilts” route, I felt inspired to cue up the Dixie Chicks’ “Wide Open Spaces.” Why? Because that’s the kind of easygoing, verdant, plenty-of-breathing-room vibe that envelops you as you follow ... Read more and see comments!

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Sep 07, 2018
Years ago, when the bookselling industry began experiencing seismic shifts – which can be summed up in two words: Amazon and e-books – bookstores of all sizes faced a dark night of the soul. How might they adapt and find a way to survive in this brave new world? Many found that they ... Read more and see comments!

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Sep 06, 2018
First Fridays Ypsilanti is more than an arts and culture walk - it's a network of artists, local businesses, and volunteers eager to showcase Ypsi's vibrant creative scene. Hands-on activities, unexpected art exhibits, and enthralling live performances can be found in numerous venues throughout ... Read more and see comments!

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Aug 27, 2018
Ah, September… the last days of glorious Michigan summer, and a peek into the colorful season of autumn. Here in Ann Arbor, September is all about enjoying time outdoors, welcoming students back to the city, and of course, Michigan Football! Check out our events listing below for some other highlights ... Read more and see comments!

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Jul 30, 2018
Fun fact: Ann Arbor hosted the very first electric Blues Festival ever. Literally, ever. Pretty cool, huh? The year was 1969, and the lineup was iconic - with B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and Big Mama Thornton, among others. Now, almost 50 years later, executive producer James Partridge is gearing ... Read more and see comments!

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Jul 30, 2018
The Ann Arbor area is an exciting, pioneering tech hub. Those who visit Ann Arbor, buy a home here, take a job here, or enroll in a university here are sure to enjoy our beautiful natural landscape and our diverse, multifaceted community along with all the lucrative perks of a booming center of innovation. In ... Read more and see comments!

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Jul 20, 2018
When August rolls around in #DestinationAnnArbor, you know that you’re in for a treat. Events are everywhere throughout the month, throughout the county. Long days and warm temperatures mean loads of summer fun - whether it’s enjoying outdoor music, celebrating LGBTQ+ pride, creating art, ... Read more and see comments!

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Jul 06, 2018
Ypsilanti is a town full of creative, vibrant people, with an ever-growing network of talented artists. Ypsilanti artists and art fans will find a number of booths featuring Ypsilanti artists at the Ann Arbor Art Fair this year. The 2018 Ann Arbor Art Fair will take place July 19-22. While attending the ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & CultureFestivals & Events
Jul 06, 2018
Now in its 59th year, the Ann Arbor Art Fair is a Midwest tradition that draws nearly half a million attendees to Ann Arbor for the 4-day festival. Comprised of four award-winning art fairs, the Ann Arbor Art Fair has a footprint spanning 30 city blocks in the downtown area. The 2018 festival will take ... Read more and see comments!

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Jul 02, 2018
As big as the Saline Celtic Festival has become – drawing as many as 4,500 people each year to this small Washtenaw County town (approximately 9,000 residents) – it started small. Like, picnic small. “(The Saline Celtic Festival) began when our sister city of Brecon, Wales … ... Read more and see comments!

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Jun 25, 2018
July is arguably the peak of summer in Ann Arbor. One of the warmest months of the year, July is also one of the most action-packed, and offers everything from world-class arts events to the best craft beer around, and from sheep-herding to chicken broiling, all right here in the Ann Arbor area. When ... Read more and see comments!

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Jun 20, 2018
Visitors to Ypsilanti can get a start-to-finish local experience, with no cover charge, at Cultivate Coffee & Tap House's Sundays in the Garden series. Twelve free concerts, hosted on their beautiful beer garden stage, feature local music, original, in-house beers, and sales benefitting ... Read more and see comments!

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Apr 30, 2018
Ann Arbor continues to receive national attention as a growing tech hub, identified by Livability as one of the top U.S. cities for entrepreneurs — and the #1 place to live in the U.S. If you’ve ever been curious about where the future of tech is headed, or perhaps you’re a job seeker ... Read more and see comments!

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Apr 11, 2018
Ypsilanti is not only a hub for fantastic food, beautiful recreational opportunities, and quirky local attractions, it’s also a tight-knit company of people with a deep attention to community betterment. Around every corner is an opportunity to learn something new, invest in a good cause, or support ... Read more and see comments!

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Mar 28, 2018
We take our art seriously here in Southeastern Michigan. And walking down the street in Ann Arbor, it’s clear we’re doing it in style. While the images most associated with the University of Michigan might be the trial and tribulations of the sports teams, the creative side of U-M is just ... Read more and see comments!

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Mar 20, 2018
FoolMoon and FestiFools – two related, celebratory community art events (produced by Ann Arbor nonprofit WonderFool Productions) that happen each year during a single weekend in early April – have a long history of sneaking up on, and delighting, people who aren’t familiar with the ... Read more and see comments!

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Mar 05, 2018
Because Ann Arbor has long been the home of North America’s oldest experimental film festival – 2018 will mark the Ann Arbor Film Festival’s 56th year – the town also has also become the home of some pretty big AAFF fans.   Robin Sober and her husband were living outside ... Read more and see comments!

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Feb 23, 2018
On one night in mid-February, I watched a production of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s song cycle “Edges” at Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown Concert House, then rushed over to the Power Center’s rehearsal room to observe a run-through of a U-M senior’s original musical, titled ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & CultureEntertainment
Feb 19, 2018
Chelsea’s Purple Rose Theatre Company, founded by the town’s resident movie/TV/Broadway star Jeff Daniels, opened in 1991 with the aim of “growing” and producing new plays alongside American classics. Giving voice to the experience of living in the Midwest is certainly part of ... Read more and see comments!

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Jan 17, 2018
Some people know it simply as Valentine’s Day. V-Day. Lover’s Day. Day of love. Others know it simply as the day of ice cream, gourmet chocolate sales, and comfort. Whatever you think of the day (and no matter your relationship status), there are plenty of things to do in Ypsilanti and on ... Read more and see comments!

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Dec 04, 2017
Bundle (and buckle) up! Hard as it is to believe, December is already upon us – a cheerfully frenetic season of holidays, gift-giving, music, and family; and the Ann Arbor area is particularly well-equipped to provide for your holiday needs, thanks to local business sale events, winter art fairs, ... Read more and see comments!

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Dec 04, 2017
The city of Ann Arbor is nearly 200 years old and since its founding, newspapers, historians, and Treetown townies have cataloged its growth and progress. The Ann Arbor District Library houses a massive archive of old newspaper articles, photos, and historical documents from the 1800s to present day. These ... Read more and see comments!

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Dec 04, 2017
“The Museum is not finished. It never can be if it is to be a functioning unit of the University. My earnest hope is that it will grow and change with the times and serve science and the University with increasing effectiveness.” -- Alexander Ruthven, 1931 The Museum of Natural History ... Read more and see comments!

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Dec 04, 2017
Mittenfest is the most incredible annual end-of-year music festival in Michigan. Some have even called it the best annual music festival in the midwest, but you’re encouraged to be that judge this year yourself. It exists to showcase the most dynamic Mitten-made bands and artists, as they donate ... Read more and see comments!

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Oct 27, 2017
As the days grow shorter and a layer of frost greets us in the mornings, November launches us into the holiday season. Plan a visit to the Ann Arbor area to embrace the remaining days of autumn, join in the thrill of one of college football's greatest rivalries, and get a head start on your holiday ... Read more and see comments!

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Oct 03, 2017
After experiencing some dog days of Indian summer in September, fall in Michigan – with its emphasis on cider mills, colorful leaves, fleece, and football – will finally click into high gear when we reach October. The area always offers loads of opportunities to eat great food and ... Read more and see comments!

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Sep 29, 2017
Are you an orchestral aficionado? Then surely you’ve heard of the New York Philharmonic, the country’s oldest symphony orchestra. Thanks to a groundbreaking partnership with Ann Arbor’s University Musical Society (UMS), the New York Philharmonic is returning to Ann Arbor for the second ... Read more and see comments!

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Sep 20, 2017
Harvest time is here! Come on out to Manchester, a lovely farming community on the River Raisin in the southwest corner of Washtenaw County. From corn mazes, to cider and donuts, to roadside pumpkin stands to a village-wide Halloween celebration, Manchester is packed with authentic fall fun in a ... Read more and see comments!

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Sep 19, 2017
If you’re new to our newsletter, we welcome you! The Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area is full of one-of-a-kind things to do, and this month we’re excited to feature two very fall-friendly events — the Smoke & Ale Festival in Chelsea and the University of Michigan Fall Festival. There's ... Read more and see comments!

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Aug 31, 2017
September marks the start of fall, when school resumes, huge crowds pack Michigan Stadium on Saturdays, temperatures start to get cooler, and cultural events kick into high gear in Washtenaw County. While this is partly because students are back in town, it’s also because most arts organizations ... Read more and see comments!

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Aug 01, 2017
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been experiencing theatre in the Ann Arbor area. Growing up in neighboring Lenawee County, I was fortunate to have parents who recognized and encouraged my appreciation for music and theater, and who also looked forward to seeing new, classic, professional, and ... Read more and see comments!

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Jul 10, 2017
Don’t let the fear of traffic congestion and parking challenges deter you from experiencing the Ann Arbor Art Fair, one of Michigan’s finest summer traditions. Here are six “getting here and around” tips that are sure to make the experience a work of art! Summer is Construction ... Read more and see comments!

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Jun 29, 2017
Four years ago, Shelley and Dave Brenner discovered chalk painting through a local chalk art competition in their hometown of Chelsea, Michigan. Since that time they have participated in a variety of chalk events throughout the United States and have enjoyed sharing their love of chalk art as a featured ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & CultureFestivals & EventsMember Spotlight
May 25, 2017
The Ann Arbor Art Fair is regarded as one of the most prestigious art fairs by artists and collectors worldwide. As the event nears its 60th anniversary, a younger generation of both artists and attendees are starting to discover one of Michigan’s finest summer traditions. Here are 12 Millennial ... Read more and see comments!

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May 21, 2017
Art-inspired summer festivals and events in the Ann Arbor area are as iconic as Wolverine football is in the fall. From grassroots events to one of Michigan’s finest summer traditions, be inspired in Ann Arbor! Sign up for our newsletter or follow Visit Ann Arbor on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, ... Read more and see comments!

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Apr 10, 2017
Washtenaw County is a wonderful place to live and visit! Amazing events are happening every day, including many locals’ favorites that are accessible to visitors as well.  The libraries in Washtenaw County are special treasures in that regard, providing family entertainment and education as ... Read more and see comments!

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Feb 16, 2017
This article is from 2017, but still has some great ideas for ways to experience Ann Arbor! For updated event dates, click HERE.  Head west on Jackson Road about six miles out of downtown Ann Arbor, and you’ll find what is quickly becoming a national treasure right in our own backyard. ... Read more and see comments!

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Oct 31, 2016
This article is from 2016, but still has some great ideas for ways to experience Dexter! For updated event dates, click HERE. Monet, Van Gogh, and O’Keeffe (just to name a few) found their deepest inspiration among rolling hills, calming streams, and vast meadows. Dexter, Michigan is the ... Read more and see comments!

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Aug 12, 2016
POP-X is a 10-day festival of pop-up art pavilions in Liberty Square in Downtown Ann Arbor. Featuring nine national artists, POP-X is a unique opportunity to explore art amongst the fall colors in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I. It is free and open to the public. Enjoy this unique event, free of charge! Attending ... Read more and see comments!

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Jun 13, 2016
This article is from 2016, but still has some great ideas for ways to experience the Ann Arbor Art Fair! For updated event dates, click HERE.  Spanning four exhilarating days, from Thursday, July 21 to Sunday, July 24, The Ann Arbor Art Fair is an art lover’s destination filled with original ... Read more and see comments!

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Mar 02, 2016
Six days of exciting film viewing are about to launch as the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival returns March 15 – 20 to the Michigan Theater. The world famous avant-garde festival presents the work of filmmakers who are more artist than Hollywood mogul. For a first timer, going to the festival can ... Read more and see comments!

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