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TuesdayMarch 2014

826michigan is proud to be a member of The Arts Alliance, a county-wide organization working to create an environment where culture and creativity can flourish and the arts are accessible to all. The Arts Alliance says of its work, “We’re an assembly of organizations and people just like you who believe in the power of arts and culture to make our world a better place. The Arts Alliance does the behind-the-scenes work that helps our nonprofit cultural organizations, creative businesses, and artists do what they do best: create great art, celebrate our cultural richness, and help the rest of us understand our world a little bit better.”

Well, gosh. We hope we’re doing our (own, small) part to help everybody understand the world! With everything we do, we’re grateful to have the support of the Arts Alliance — who facilitate mini-grants through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, alert us to interesting opportunities in the area, help provide professional development for our staff, and much more.

We asked Deb Polich, Executive Director of the Arts Alliance, a few questions about her organization’s work.

1. How did you first hear about 826michigan and why did you want to become involved?

If I am not mistaken, the Arts Alliance’s connection to 826michigan took place when the 826michigan was first forming. As the Arts Alliance’s mission is to support and advocate for the creative community in Washtenaw County, 826michigan and its mission fit right into our mission.

2. What’s your favorite part of life in the Ann Arbor area?

That there is a high value placed on art, culture and creativity.

Indeed there is! Organizations like the Arts Alliance are a huge part of what makes the Ann Arbor area a great place to live, work, and operate a nonprofit organization like 826michigan. We send our gratitude to Deb and the rest of the staff of the Arts Alliance for their support through the years!

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