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 is committed to forever evolving and learning about diversity, equity and inclusion. This includes leaning in to listening 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 reflects the breadth and depth of the population by assuring gender, age, cultural, socioeconomic and geographic diversity. It also reflects 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 and marketing.

Colby Spencer Cesaro
Chair

Vice-President
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

Michael McCarthy

Private Banking, Bank of Ann Arbor
Creative: arts consumer
Lives and works in Ann Arbor

Melissa Milton-Pung
Vice-chair

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

Jay Mullick

President
EGC – EWIE Group of Companies
Creative: arts consumer
Lives in Ann Arbor, works in Saline

Deb Polich
President/CEO 

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

Tina Walther
Treasurer

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

Alexandra West

Director of Research
Ann Arbor Spark
Creative: amateur musician and arts consumer
Lives and works in Ann Arbor

Professional Team

The Arts Alliance’s professional team includes specialists with strong backgrounds in the arts + creative industries, education, communication, and public art and design sectors. The team remains current on trends, issues and public policy impacting the creative sector through their involvement as members, board members and volunteers in local, regional, state and national organizations, including Americans for the Arts, CultureSource, Arts Midwest, MichiganWorks! Southeast, National Small Business Association and MCACA, among others.

The Arts Alliance contracts Artrain, a nonprofit arts management service organization to provide administrative, financial and project management services. This arrangement has resulted in a 50% savings in overhead costs allowing The Arts Alliance to focus resources on mission delivery. To guide human resource policies, practices and training, The Arts Alliance’s board adopted the  Personnel Guidelines of its contracting agency, Artrain,  the employer of record for the  professional staff.

Hannah Baiardi
Communications Specialist

The Arts Alliance & Artrain
Creative: composer, pianist, vocalist, lyricist and arranger
Works in Ann Arbor and lives in South Lyon

Turner Booth
creative:impact production assistant

The Arts Alliance
Creative: writing
Lives and works in Ann Arbor

Lauren James
Communication Manager

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

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
President/CEO

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

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