Join us to champion, support and advocate for the Arts + Creative Industries in Washtenaw County, MI

Our creative community makes Washtenaw County a great place to create, live, work, learn, play and visit.

The Arts Alliance is a coalition of the creative community and champions of the arts + creative industries in greater Ann Arbor.

We are artists, creative workers, musicians, actors, designers and architects. We are creative businesses and organizations—museums, galleries, art centers, maker spaces, theaters, universities and agencies. And, we’re the fans and patrons of the arts—everyone from individuals to businesses who understand that arts + creativity are an essential part of our lives.


Together, our voice is strong.

How We Work


The Arts Alliance explores issues, conducts research, and facilitates creative initiatives.


The Arts Alliance champions the creative sector’s impact on quality of life and place.


The Arts Alliance promotes creative sector programs and collaborative initiatives.


The Arts Alliance encourages life-long creative learning programs. 


The Arts Alliance trumpets the triumphs of the arts and creative industries.


Some of The Arts Alliance works is behind the scenes such as conducting needs assessments for arts and cultural education, administering grants or managing research projects. Other work is more visible such as managing public art and design projects or recognizing excellence with The Arts Alliance’s Medals for Arts, Sciences and Humanities.

Region 9 Minigrants

Creative Washtenaw serves as the Region 9 regranting agency for the minigrant program through a partnership with the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA). Learn more.

The Arts Alliance Public Art and Design

Public Art & Design

Creative Washtenaw is contracted to manage public art and design projects across Washtenaw County, highlighting the creative expression of local community members.  Learn more.



Washtenaw County
Cultural Master Plan

Broad- based community engagement and the Washtenaw County Cultural Master Plan informs the strategy and work of Creative Washtenaw. Learn more.

Creative Washtenaw is grateful for the support of its members and these lead donors.

Creative Washtenaw - The Arts Alliance