Board of Directors + Professional Team


An involved board of directors guides The Arts Alliance. They live, work or go to school throughout Washtenaw County. They are age, gender and culturally diverse and comprised of respected artists, creatives and community leaders representing the areas of business, education, government, tourism, NGOs, research and economic development.

The Arts Alliance (TAA) is committed to forever evolving and learning about diversity, equity and inclusion. It is committed to, forever evolving and learning about diversity, equity and inclusion. That includes leaning in to listen to how its community defines the intrinsic and aesthetic qualities of art and creativity be it by the cultural expert, the credentialed scholar, the journeyed or self-taught master and/or the astute consumer of the form.

Its stated recruitment goals are to seat a board that it reflects the breadth and depth of the population by assuring gender, age, cultural, socioeconomic and geographic diversity and the vast variety of artists, creative practitioners and creative profit, nonprofit and government entities in Washtenaw County.

By the numbers, the current board lives or works in five of the eight cities in Washtenaw County, four are between the ages of 25-35; one is between 36-45; two between 46-55; and two between 56-65. The board also consists of 70% women and 20% people of color. Additionally, the arts + creative industries are represented by professionals and volunteers holding degrees in voice, acting, dance/choreography, graphic and web design, historic preservation,  arts management, communication & marketing.

Colby Spencer Cesaro

Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities
Creative: vocalist, actor and dancer

Works in Lansing, lives in Dexter

Damian Farrell, FAIA

Owner & Principal
Damian Farrell Design Group
Creative: architect
Lives and works in Ann Arbor

Chloé Gray

Founder & Artistic Director
Fun Girl Dance Company
Creative: Choreographer and dancer
Lives and works in Ypsilanti

Lauren James*
Communication Manager

The Arts Alliance & Artrain
Creative: communications, editor
Lives in Ann Arbor and works in Washtenaw County

Michael McCarthy

Private Banking, Bank of Ann Arbor
Lives and works in Ann Arbor

Melissa Milton-Pung

Project Manager
Michigan Municipal League
Creative: historic preservationist
Lives and works Ann Arbor

Jay Mullick

EGC – EWIE Group of Companies
Lives in Ann Arbor, works in Saline

Catherine Moore*
Communications & Program Assistant

The Arts Alliance & Artrain
Creative: musician, vocalist, music education student
Lives in Ann Arbor and works in Washtenaw County

Deb Polich*

The Arts Alliance & Artrain
Creative: arts administrator, advocate & radio host
Lives in Ann Arbor and works in Washtenaw County

Tina Walther

Rapport Innovative Marketing LLC
Creative: communication design
Lives and works in Milan, MI

Alexandra West

Director of Research
Ann Arbor Spark
Lives and works in Ann Arbor

*Professional Team

The Arts Alliance contracts Artrain, a arts management service organization to provide administrative, financial and project management services. This arrangement has resulted in a 50% savings in overhead costs. All revenue received to support The Arts Alliance’s work is used exclusively for their work at The Arts Alliance.

To guide human resource policies, practices and training, TAA’s board adopted the  Personnel Guidelines of its contracting agency, Artrain, who is the employer of record for the  professional staff.

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