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The intrinsic and aesthetic values of art and creativity are determining factors of success for the arts + creative industries.  Creative members of Creative Washtenaw are professionals and amateurs from students to industry experts leading the sector locally, nationally and internationally who offer creative products, services and programs to county residents and visitors; and ensure that the greater Ann Arbor, Michigan, region remains a great place to create, live, work, learn, play and visit.

Creative Washtenaw sincerely thanks its creative members for their support, partnership and encouragement.

NameCity Description
22 North GalleryYpsilanti22 North provides exhibition space, exposure and collaboration to emerging and under-recognized visual artists in SE Michigan and beyond. Music at 22 North includes emerging to established performers in an intimate house concert setting. In addition to 22 North’s projects, they seek collaborations with community organizations.
109 Cultural ExchangeSalineThe 109 Cultural Exchange is a Saline Main Street initiative. This multipurpose people’s space is a venue for arts and cultural events located in the heart of Downtown Saline. Everyone is welcome to gather here and exchange creativity, ideas, customs and liveliness in the spirit of a nurturing and inclusive community.
A2Ethics.orgAnn ArborA2Ethics is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to promoting ethics and philosophy initiatives through events, education programs and partnerships. A2Ethics is establishing an ethics network of organizations and individuals to support and expand public engagement about real world ethics issues in Michigan and beyond.
A2 Jazz FestAnn ArborThe A2 Jazz Fest's mission is to showcase and promote jazz by presenting live performances of original compositions and jazz standards by Michigan-based artists. Founded by Ann Arbor bassist, composer and band leader Dave Sharp, and supported by a devoted group of volunteers, musicians, educators and sponsors, the A2 Jazz Fest welcomes the experience of the fine art of jazz.
a2tix.comAnn is a locally owned, online marketing and ticketing portal dedicated exclusively to the Ann Arbor area. Ticket buying is easy and secure. A division of the Ann Arbor Observer, offers marketing support, excellent credit card rates, membership and donation options, plus a professional, local team to help your events succeed.
Adrian Center for the ArtsAdrianAdrian Center for the Arts (ACA) is a vibrant visual arts center with a mission to help all ages and skill levels learn, create and grow. The ACA offers studio rental space for artists in clay, 2-dimensional and glass. Classes are offered in clay, painting, sculpture, fibers and print. Coming Fall '22, the ACA is adding classes and experiences in glass blowing, metalsmithing and sculpture.
African American Cultural & Historical MuseumAnn ArborThe African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County promotes awareness, understanding and appreciation of the black experience. It gathers and preserves stories, images and documents to make the history of African Americans available to generations today.
The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (U-M)Ann ArborThe Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities fosters and champions the role of the arts and design in higher education.
Cathryn AmideiAnn ArborCathryn Amidei is a tapestry artist who uses digital tools and hand processes. She is a member of WSG Gallery.
Amplify FellowshipYpsilantiThe Amplify Fellowship provides independent Black music artists in Washtenaw County with production, engineering and marketing support in exchange for service to community organizations meeting the needs of the underserved.
Ann Arbor Film FestivalAnn ArborThe Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America, founded by George Manupelli in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premier forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences. The six-day festival presents 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, fiction and performance-based.
Ann Arbor Hands-On MuseumAnn ArborConsidered a gem by many, the AAHOM’s regional and national reputation is built on its visionary planning and implementation of interactive STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, art and math) exhibits; groundbreaking educational outreach programs delivered to 47 counties throughout the state, including the Upper Peninsula; award-winning distance learning programs in 44 states and countries around the world and; an exceptional ability to establish and maintain strong collaborative bonds with public and private organizations from a variety of disciplines. AAHOM's temporary, traveling exhibits have also been displayed in libraries, community centers, and schools throughout the state. The AHHOM received The Arts Alliance 21st Century Awards Excellence in Education 2015.
Ann Arbor Society for Musical ArtsAnn ArborAnn Arbor Society for Musical Arts produces six concerts annually at the Ann Arbor City Club, featuring regional artists and two annual youth music competitions: “Rosalie Edwards Youth Music Competition” (REYMC) for musicians ages 13-18 and “Young Artist Competition” for college age.
The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The OriginalAnn ArborThe original of the four fairs that comprise the Ann Arbor Art Fair, the original fair is a fine art and fine craft show known for its stringent jury standards; resulting in a show of exceptionally high-quality work. The fair takes place each July on the streets surrounding the Burton Tower.
Ann Arbor Summer FestivalAnn ArborThe Ann Arbor Summer Festival is a three-week multidisciplinary arts festival offering ticketed and free events both indoors and out, featuring music, dance, comedy, film, circus, street arts and family entertainment.
Ann Arbor Symphony OrchestraAnn ArborFounded in 1928, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra (A2SO), led by new music director Earl Lee, is a fully professional orchestra presenting concerts and educational programs for all ages. They perform classical, pops, chamber and educational concerts onstage, in schools, and in libraries across southeast Michigan.
The Antonym Community of Global Art and LiteratureAnn ArborThe Antonym Community of Global Art and Literature believes in embracing cultural diversity through art and literature brings people together to help our nation thrive. The Antonym wants to create a unique place among English magazines to attract new English-speaking world and diasporic population globally with culture rich content emphasizing sense of place and sense of belonging using a contemporary design blended with media. The focus would be literary translation; literary voice of the diasporic population; the use of media to bring multilingual experience alive.
The ArkAnn ArborThe Ark is a nonprofit live music venue for contemporary_x000D_
and traditional folk and roots music.
Art Meets BusinessSalineArt Meets Business offers individual and group coaching, networking, speaker seminars, and referrals to resources to help creative individuals learn business skills and develop their markets.
Artrain, Inc.Ann ArborArtrain is a nonprofit project management agency that honors its award-winning community-building programs as it partners with creative people and organizations to produce and deliver art-infused outreach programs intended to expand personal horizons and strengthen local cultural infrastructure. Artrain defines community broadly—geographically and as people connected by common interests.
Back Office StudioYpsilantiThe Back Office Studio (BOS) was created for curious, hard-working, sociable professionals. People who want to focus on creating great, innovative products, services and businesses without worrying about rent, wifi, electricity, or running out of coffee. The BOS is a 9,000 sq. ft. coworking studio with meeting rooms, comfortable workstations, networking opportunities and high-speed Wi-Fi. They are extremely proud of their members and invite you to join their community!
Hannah BaiardiSouth Lyon Michigan-born jazz pianist, vocalist, composer and arranger, Hannah Baiardi is committed to “moving jazz forward.” She is an arts advocate, a podcaster, and a strong ally for women in the music industry. Hannah prefers to blur the lines between genres, marrying the sensibility of jazz with the soul of R&B and the acoustic depth of film music. She welcomes collaboration with artists who are passionate, soulful, and who create music beyond any one genre.
Ballet ChelseaChelseaBallet Chelsea is a world-class dance school and performance company focused on offering high-caliber dance education to young dancers throughout the region. They also provide community outreach and Adaptive Dance Program which promotes the enjoyment of dance for those with physical, mental and cognitive disabilities through performances, workshops and classes.
Bank of Ann Arbor - Sonic LunchAnn ArborBank of Ann Arbor's Sonic Lunch is a summer outdoor concert series running June to August on Thursdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the corner of Liberty and Division streets in downtown Ann Arbor. Concerts are free and suitable for all ages. Join the crowds for an energizing midday break or just relax and enjoy the sounds.
Blue LLama Jazz ClubAnn ArborHaving opened in April 2019, The Blue LLama Jazz Club presents live jazz and world music paired with inspired cuisine, creating a destination music venue and restaurant in downtown Ann Arbor. The Blue LLama connects the “love of food” and “love of music” for guests and has quickly established itself as one of the most unique and exciting entertainment and dining destination experiences in the Midwest.
Cheryl A. Boc-ChidesterBrightonCCheryl Chidester’s involvement in the art field is diverse and extensive. As an artist, her work can be seen in local and regional art events, venues and juried exhibitions. She creates commission pieces in a wide variety of media (including watercolor, photography, encaustic, handmade papers and wycinanki) and subjects (architecture and landscapes are favorites). Cheryl is the proprietor of a custom framer/art restoration business and curates exhibitions and catalogs public and private collections.
Lisa BorgsdorfAnn Arbor
Boychoir of Ann ArborAnn ArborThe Boychoir of Ann Arbor offers choral music education and performance opportunities for boys who like to sing while enriching the community with outstanding choral music concerts.
Kevin BrownAnn ArborKevin Brown is involved with three creative businesses: 1) Kevin Brown, solo singer-songwriter 2) Corndaddy, an indie americana music band and 3) Jud Branam & Kevin Brown, acoustic americana music duo.
Bill BurgardAnn ArborBill Burgard has been designing and illustrating locally and nationally for over 40 years. From posters to book covers to a municipal water tower, his work is a combination of traditional media, such as paint and collage and digital manipulation. Portraiture is also a major part of his portfolio.
CahootsAnn ArborCahoots is a home for Ann Arbor’s tech community catering to entrepreneurs, remote employees and freelancers. Offering membership-based office spaces, events, community-building and more.
Janet CannonAnn ArborJanet Cannon is a wide-ranging musician in the classical field– teaching and performing on double bass and viola da gamba (also known as the viol family). She plays with the group Les Ecuries du Roy, a baroque group with a singer and multi-instrumentalists and teaches both instruments privately and at Huron High School. Janet is also an editor, translator (from French or Spanish to English, poet and general wordsmith.
Shelley CatalanAnn ArborShelley Catalan's jewelry is inspired by the wild and bold beauty that occurs in nature. With the creation of each piece, she seeks to bring together the pairing of two very natural elements: the wearer and just a bit of earth. Her designs feature fine metals and precious gemstones but also some recycled, vintage or other inexpensive natural materials and elements.
Colby Spencer CesaroDexterColby Spencer Cesaro is a performer, arts professional and arts advocate. Her specialties are vocal performance, dance and theater. She is a board treasurer of Creative Washtenaw and board co-president of the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health.
David ChrzanowskiLos AngelesDavid Chrzanowski is a film director, educator and writer. David grew up in Ann Arbor feeling quite sure he was going to qualify as an olympic free-style wrestler. However, it was a chance reading of Death of a Salesman that would derail those plans. It was also a fine excuse to avoid living out his alter ego- son of a drug king pin. David likes to write stories that impact and upset the family dynamic.
City of Dexter Arts, Culture & Heritage Committee | Plein Air FestivalDexterThe City of Dexter's Arts, Culture, and Heritage Committee is responsible for making recommendations to the local city council on arts, cultural and heritage-related affairs in the city. This includes sponsoring and hosting the annual Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival in August, installing temporary and permanent sculpture displays, and implementing other creative projects in the city throughout the year.
Mark ClagueAnn ArborMark Clague is a musicologist focusing on music in the United States with specialties in the music of George and Ira Gershwin and the history of The Star-Spangled Banner. He serves as associate dean of undergraduate academic affairs at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance.
Clay Work StudioAnn ArborClay Work Studio offers ceramics classes for all levels, Summer and Winter break camps as well as mentorship for whom wishes to advance in ceramics art. Clay Work Studio is well equipped for any ceramics and related projects.
Estar CohenAnn ArborEstar Cohen is an award-winning vocalist, composer, bandleader, and teaching artist who has made her home in southeast Michigan. Cohen’s core values in teaching center on mindful, creative practices that focus on the needs of each artist as an individual. In addition to her work as a musician, she is a comedic improviser, sketch actor, and writer; the values of both art forms supporting each with a strong foundation for listening, collaboration, and presentness.
Russ Collins & Deb PolichAnn ArborRuss and Deb have a passion for arts, creativity and community that their family and friends most often find infectious and sometimes - obnoxious! Russ has served at the helm of the Michigan Theater since 1979 working with the community to restore both that 1928 movie palace and the 1942 art deco style State Theater in downtown Ann Arbor. He founded the Art House Convergence, a national movement for community driven mission-based art houses and the Cinetopia International Film Festival. Deb has served as the lead at Artrain since 1993 and took on a similar roll at Creative Washtenaw in 2013. She is the co-host of creative:impact on WEMU 89.1 FM.
Comic Opera GuildAnn ArborComic Opera Guild is a non-profit Michigan corporation, founded to promote interest in comic opera and operetta though performance and recordings. Approaching its 50th year, the company has created new performing editions, performed and recorded over 100 shows and toured complete productions throughout Michigan and Ohio.
Concert Music Outreach CollectiveAnn ArborConcert Music Outreach Collective performs concerts at hospitals, homeless shelters, schools and other locations throughout Southeastern Michigan.They highlight works by underrepresented composers and aim to connect with community members, bringing hope, joy and connection through music.
Cornerstone Design Inc.Ann ArborCornerstone Design Inc. offers creative, responsive architectural services for commercial, nonprofit and residential clients.
Dave CoverlyAnn ArborDave Coverly is the creator of the cartoon panel “Speed Bump”, which runs internationally in hundreds of newspapers and websites including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Globe & Mail (Toronto) and the Detroit Free Press. His work was named “Best in Newspaper Panels” by the National Cartoonists Society in 1995, 2003, and 2014. In 2009 the same organization gave him its highest honor, the prestigious Reuben Award, for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year”.
Craine Counseling and Consulting GroupAnn ArborCraine Counseling and Consulting Group provides educational programming, therapy and consulting. Ellen Craine is a #1 International Bestselling Author of two books: Women Who Dream and Women who Empower, both available on Amazon and through Ingram Sparks. She is an associate producer of the documentary Authentic Conversations: Deep Talk with the Masters and a co-coordinating producer of Authentic Conversations: voices Rise with Unity (available late 2023/2024.)
Creative WashtenawAnn ArborCreative Washtenaw (formerly The Arts Alliance) is the arts + creative industry authority in Washtenaw County, Michigan. A regional agency, its mission is to advocate for and provide support services to artists, creative workers, organizations, businesses, educational and government entities to ensure that Washtenaw County, Michigan – the greater Ann Arbor area – remains a great place for all to create, live, work, learn, play and visit. Creative Washtenaw serves professionals, amateurs, students and industry experts leading the sector locally, nationally and internationally. They have creative practices, own creative businesses and hold creative jobs in profit, nonprofit, educational and government entities and produce creative goods, services and programs for county residents and visitors.
Bradley CrossAnn ArborBradley Cross designs and handcrafts non-ferrous art for the outdoors for his company, Harmony Hollow. He specializes in gift bronze bells with story cards for every gift need, such as wedding, remembrances retirements, doggy angels, anniversaries, births, housewarmings, thank yous, graduations, etc. Bells are guaranteed for 350-years. Other products include copper spinners, windchimes, mobiles, garden stakes, ornaments and doorbells.
Nessa Ann ArborCeltic mythology is the genesis for Nessa's band name and its attitude. Nessa's leader and principal vocalist, Kelly McDermott, embodies attributes of Nessa, the Celtic goddess. Celtic roots meets world music in a bold musical blend.
CultureSourceDetroitCultureSource is a member association for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in southeast Michigan. As a regional service organization, CultureSource provides support by hosting professional development workshops that grow creative and leadership capacities, presenting programs that provide space for exchanging ideas about arts and culture and leading initiatives that bring together stakeholders interested in enhancing public access to creative expression.
CultureVerseAnn ArborCultureVerse joyfully explores the benefits that digital technology in all its forms as it relates to artists, creatives, curators and collectors. Its primary audience are the creators and keepers of art, culture and knowledge. CultureVerse makes use of photography, video, audio, and 3D scanning to build immersive and engaging digital experiences to help unseen things be seen more widely. CultureVerse also operates an in-person gallery in downtown Ann Arbor to showcase local artistic talent and collections.
Curiouser ClayChelseaCuriouser Clay offers mobile clay workshops that encourage play and experimentation. Working with local businesses to co-host creative programming as well as delivering custom classes to clients' homes or businesses, Curiouser's mission is to increase community mental health and wellness by offering clay-based projects that stimulate connection, joy, and delight.
Damian Farrell Design Group, PLLCAnn ArborDamian Farrell Design Group (DFDG) is an architecture and design firm bringing about change through design thinking to improve living, working, playing and gathering spaces. Damian Farrell, owner and principal of DFDG, serves on the boards of Artrain, Creative Washtenaw and the Michigan Architectural Foundation.
Doodles AcademyAnn ArborDoodles Academy is a nonprofit offering a visual art curricula that promotes individual artistic expression while simultaneously exposing students to the varied backgrounds and perspectives of a larger world. Doodles Academy projects connect literacy and social studies content, offer video tutorials and connect to both contemporary and classic artworks. They develop the content locally, then offer it to educators across the country for free or at low cost via their website.
Dragonfly and BirchAnn ArborDragonfly and Birch is a boutique gallery featuring upcycled home decor and furnishings, antiques, arts, crafts and more. It exists to bring joy into your home and heart. Dragonfly and Birch is currently selling online and in pop up markets throughout the area. A brick and mortar experience will be opening in the coming months. Follow Dragonfly and Birch social media for updates at
Aaron P. Dworkin & Afa S. DworkinAnn ArborAaron P. and Afa S. Dworkin are an arts power couple! Recipients of Creatives Washtenaw's Medal for Arts, Science & Humanities Outstanding Service Medal 2019, they have built an international reputation as arts-focused social entrepreneurs, including as pioneering leaders advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion in the performing arts and in arts leadership. Afa is a cross-sector strategist driving national programming and currently serves as president and artistic director of the Sphinx Organization, the nation’s leading organization transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. .Aaron is the founder of the Sphinx Organization, a 2005 MacArthur Fellow, a member of National Council on the Arts and is the former dean and a current professor at U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance. The Dworkins received the Kennedy Center’s “Citizen Artist Award.”
Tia Sunshine DyeAnn ArborTia Sunshine Dye creates unique custom artwork for businesses and their clients. Tia collaborates with select business owners on original artwork and client products with no cost commitment. She believes in expanding the creative community into the business world in new and exciting ways. Tia also provides social media and communications consulting for artists and local art organizations. Tia's watercolors have a modern presentation, mounted onto cradled wood panels and finished with wax.
Eastern Michigan University School of Art & DesignYpsilantiThe School of Art & Design at EMU provides students and faculty in art history, studio art and visual art education with an environment that fosters excellence in teaching, creative work and research, and a department-wide focus on student-centered learning. Students are provided with a range of academic and professional experiences in and beyond the classroom.
EMU School of Communication, Media & Theatre ArtsYpsilantiEMU's Dynamic School of Communication, Media, and Theatre Arts includes programs in Arts Management & Administration, Cinema Studies, Communication, Drama Theatre for the Young, Journalism, Media Production, Public Relations, Theatre, and Musical Theatre. Come join us WHERE ART CREATES COMMUNITY!
Elmo's Liberty Street T-ShirtsAnn ArborElmo's Liberty Street T-Shirts has served the Ann Arbor area since 1977. Elmo's product lines include custom textile apparel printing, t shirts, sweats, hats, bags and a wide variety of Michigan wear and original Ann Arbor designs.
Embracing our Differences SE MichiganAnn ArborEmbracing Our Differences SE Michigan uses the transformative power of art to spark discussions on our differences: race, sex, LGBTQ, mental and physical differences and to open our heart to embrace diversity.

Beautiful billboard size art banners done by both local and international artists will be installed at Gallup and Leslie Science Center parks in Ann Arbor, Riverside and Parkridge Community Center parks in Ypsilanti May through September 2022.
Encore Musical Theatre CompanyDexterThe Encore Musical Theatre Company is an award-winning nonprofit professional theater that strives to engage and inspire its community through producing contemporary musicals, reinventing the classics and fostering new works.
James P. EysterChelseaJason Eyster has been active in the Washtenaw creative community for many years, as a composer of music for People Dancing, and as the creator of multimedia concerts at Kerrytown Concert House and other venues. For the last six years he has been writing and the words, music and orchestration of an original musical, 'The Only Man in Town', inspired by the rise and tumultuous fall of Frank Glazier, the man who built Chelsea's Clock Tower. It is scheduled to be performed in July 2023.
David Velez Felix YpsilantiDavid Velez Felix is a ceramic artist. He does hand-building and his subject matter is usually about his own personal experiences and reality. He is a New York City born Puerto Rican and has been a Michigan resident since 1999. David’s last body of work was about the American melting pot and where it stops for someone like him. He is working on a new body of work about Santeria, the religion he grew up in.
Ellen FinchAnn ArborEllen Finch is a native of Ann Arbor. She recently returned to her hometown after seeking her fortune for many years in Utah, Montana, Kansas and Ohio. She has acted extensively on stage in the Kansas City area as well as Dayton, Ohio and also recently directed 100 Saints You Should Know. Most recent and favorite shows include Nunsense, The Oldest Profession, Deathtrap, Beyond Therapy, Kimberly Akimbo, Fuddy Meers, Talking With, Love Letters and The Lion in Winter.
Nancy FlanaganYpsilantiNancy Flanagan is an artist who paints urban landscapes, live, on site, ethnographically.
Fleming ArtistsAnn ArborFor over 40 years now Fleming Artists has represented some of the world's finest and most respected touring artists looking after domestic and international performers with an emphasis on representing artists who improve the world through their artistic contributions.
FoundAnn ArborFound is a fun shop featuring work by local artists, relaxed modern home decor, ceramics, textiles, prints, cards and gifts. Tiny treasures and nerdy finds are always mixed in. Located in Ann Arbor's historic Kerrytown District.
Cathy GendronAnn ArborFor more than 25 years, Cathy Gendron has combined freelance illustration for the editorial, book and corporate markets with teaching at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. See one of her large-scale murals at Fifth Avenue and Liberty Street in Ann Arbor.
Zita GillisAnn ArborZita Gillis is the artist and craftsperson behind Zitatini – finely crafted martini picks and jewelry for cocktails! She sells on Etsy, at local events and directly. She is also a principle with Illuminatus, a laser lightshow company.
Mike Gould, Laser ArtistJacksonMike Gould is an internationally recognized laser artist who builds laser light installations for art galleries, museums and art events. He works with the Illuminatus Lasers.
Great Lakes Performing Artist AssociatesAnn ArborGreat Lakes Performing Artists Associates is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the careers of emerging, developing and established performing artists in the Great Lakes region: MI, OH, IL, IN, WI, MN, Western NY, and Western PA. GLPAA acts as a booking and management agent for the artists on its roster and arranges educational programs with students in the region with a special focus on reaching underserved populations.
Great Lakes Theatrical ConsultingAnn ArborGreat Lakes Theatrical Consulting offers theater and studio design consulting, rigging, drapes, distribution, control and fixtures.
Walter GriggsYpsilantiWalter Griggs is a caricaturist who draws at events and from photos by email. He also has art prints in various mediums and subjects from Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti art scenes Find his abstract art prints at: and caricatures & more at Framed art prints of Ann Arbor art scenes are on loan at the downtown Ann Arbor Public Library. Find Walter’s NFTs at
and animation videos: walter griggs youtube.
Sophie GrilletAnn ArborSophie Gillet works in oils, acrylics, photography, stone, metal and clay. Her mostly abstract work has received several awards. Sophie was a cartoonist and is also interested in science. As a docent at UMMA, Sophie enjoys engaging the viewer in art in an entertaining way. She organizes Westside Art Hop.
The Guild of Artists & ArtisansAnn ArborThe Guild is a nonprofit, membership-based organization of artists whose mission is to develop art fairs to provide marketing opportunities for its members. The fairs also serve as educational, cultural and entertaining events for the community.
John GutoskeyAnn ArborJohn Gutoskey is an artist, designer, printmaker, & collector. Early in his career, John worked as a costume designer and as a specialist in costume crafts working across the U.S. in theater, opera, dance, film and television. In the 1990‘s, John returned to his studio with a newfound interest in making art on his own terms, and it resulted in an outpouring of new work. Exploring the media of printmaking, assemblage and “found” objects, he was inspired by the works of Joseph Cornell, Betye Saar, Lucas Samaras, outsider art, Art Brut, and religious art to evolve his own unmistakable style: a perfect mirror for his gregarious, highly animated personality. John is the owner and operator of the A2 Print Studio.
Christina Morales HemenwayAnn ArborChristina Morales Hemenway is a full-time writer / director / producer and presentation coach. Her production company, Dancingstar Productions, has produced four feature films and is available for all your personal and business video needs. She is the founder of Dancingstar Creative Academy, where she teaches students how to make feature films. Her offshoot, Presence Coaching Group, goes into businesses and assesses employees' non-verbal communication and teaches them how to adjust it for more significant impact.
Eileen S. HoAnn ArborEileen S. Ho is a Chinese American performing artist and music instructor from Ann Arbor creating and connecting with community through the empowering art of taiko. She is a member of the Raion Taiko ensemble and program director at the Great Lakes Taiko Center (GLTC) sharing Japanese taiko drumming from SE Michigan through classes and performances.
Hollander'sAnn ArborHollander's is a locally owned internet store specializing in decorative papers and bookbinding supplies. Hollander's has been supplying inspiration to book and paper artists for more than 30 years! Formerly located in the Kerrytown Market & Shops in Ann Arbor; now visit us at
Hotworks Fine Art ShowsOrchard LakeHot Works fine art & craft shows flagship show since 2003 is the award-winning Orchard Lake Fine Art Show, voted in the top 100 art shows in America – 12 times! Since 2008 Hot Works expanded to Boca Raton, Naples, Sarasota and Estero/Fort Myers. Hot Works bring artists to Michigan who do not participate in other Michigan art shows. All work must be original & personally handmade by the artist who is present at the show. All discipline are for sale to the public. There is something for everyone!
Sarah InnesAnn ArborSarah Innes draw daily. It is the basis for much of her work. She tends to work in multiple series over the course of years. Sarah first makes drawings, then often prints and paintings or vice versa. She likes to use her setting and people in her life as subjects but she also does portrait, business commissions and special projects. One local business commission of hers is a large mixed media portrait of Monahan's Fish Market. Much of Sarah’s current work is posted on instagram: scinnes54.
Cathy JacobsAnn ArborCathy Jacobs is an artist specializing in painting, and handwoven dimensional wall sculptures. Contact her for exhibitions, commissions and artist talks._x000D_
Jodie Randolph DanceAnn ArborJodie Randolph Dance (formerly Pure Existence Dance) is a professional contemporary dance company based in southeast Michigan under the direction of choreographer Jodie Randolph. Known for its distinct contemporary vocabulary, JRD consistently creates inspiring and diverse works grounded in authenticity, athleticism and technical virtue. Comprised of highly trained professional dancers, the company presents full-length productions both locally, nationally and internationally.
Linda J K KlenczarSalineFull color pastel drawings are Linda J.K Klenczar's specialty. Watercolor is an alternative medium for her. Creating images of the vibrancy of a city; the calm or excitement of water; the many moods of the landscape, are all subjects of interest for Linda.
Janet KohlerWhitmore LakeMy love of nature and the environment are represented in my paintings. I create vivid, exciting, and emotional pastel and oil paintings "en plein air" from area landscapes and gardens. With over 40 years creating art and 20 years of teaching, I offer private and group classes at arts organizations throughout Michigan and offer workshops in the Loire Valley of France!
Anna LatosSalineAnna Latos is a paper crafter specializing in bathymetric depth maps of bodies of water. She offers designs of many Northern Michigan destinations and the Great Lakes. She can create custom designs anywhere the data exists. Her pieces are made of layered cardstock die-cut to match actual depth contours, resulting in a subtle 3-D effect. Anna doesn’t add roads or cities - she only celebrates what nature has given us!
Lotus GardenscapesDexterLotus Gardenscapes is an award-winning landscape design/build firm. They specialize in creative, artistic outdoor spaces, including patios, decks and gardens, as well as environmental sculpture, custom water features, mosaic inlays and specialty carpentry.
Maker Works Community WorkshopsAnn ArborMaker Works provides access to a 14,000 square foot space of wood, metal, electronics, jewelry and textile shops under one roof along with training opportunities. They also offer private or shared spaces to create.
Joan MastersAnn ArborJoan Masters is fairly new to art. She has been taking classes in watercolor and drawing and enjoying the process.
Gregory F. MazureAnn ArborGregory F. Mazure is a Lighting and Visual designer for most theaters in Ann Arbor, as well as venues across the country.
Member of IATSE 395 Ann Arbor for 40 years. UofM BA 1979.
Touring electrician for National and Broadway Tours.
Measure for Measure - A Men's Choral SocietyAnn ArborMeasure for Measure, a men’s choral society, is directed by Steven Lorenz. Founded in 1988, it was established to provide an opportunity for men to perform music composed and arranged for male chorus.
Michigan Theater & State TheatreAnn ArborThe Michigan Theater Foundation stewards four great arts programs that serve the Ann Arbor area and beyond: The 90-year-old Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor’s center for fine film and the performing arts; the State Theatre, renovated as an Art Deco theater masterpiece in 2018; the Cinetopia Film Festival, bringing the best films from the best festivals to southeast Michigan; and the Art House Convergence, the national conference and professional society for independent film exhibitors.
Mike Green & AssociatesAnn ArborMike Green & Associates is a booking agency representing folk and roots music artists who tour nationally and internationally.
Janice MilhemAnn ArborJanice Milhem is an artist, photographer and a videographer specializing in social documentary.
Maya MilletteAnn Arbor
Motawi TileworksAnn ArborMotawi Tileworks makes handcrafted tile as art pieces and for residential and commercial installations, specializing in Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts and Midcentury Modern aesthetics. Motawi tiles, which include designs based on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and Charley Harper, grace homes and public spaces worldwide.
Julie Jaffee Nagel, Ph.D.Dexter Julie Jaffee Nagel, Ph.D. is dedicated to the interaction between musicians and artists with their audiences beyond the concert venue in communities locally and nationally with an emphasis on musicians and artists as cultural ambassadors. She has gained a reputation for her clinical work on stage fright and outreach through blending music and the arts and psychological understanding. She is the author of three highly acclaimed books, Melodies of the Mind, Managing Stage Fright and, to be published in March 2023, Career Choices in Music Beyond the Pandemic: Musical and Psychological Perspectives.
Neighborhood Theatre GroupYpsilantiNeighborhood Theatre Group has been creating "Theatre from Scratch" in Ypsilanti since 2015. Our mission is to make theatre an accessible home for the collaboration of people, artistic challenges, and new ideas.
Neutral ZoneAnn ArborNeutral Zone is a youth-driven arts and leadership center dedicated to promoting personal growth through artistic expression, community leadership and the exchange of ideas. NZ's B-Side Venue features weekend concerts and special events that are booked and promoted by teens. The arts programs feature visual and media arts, literary arts, music performance and technology, and community leadership.
NOW StudiossAnn ArborNOW studios—a charm of the express your yes foundation—is the only queer, minority-owned creative place in ann arbor.
We’re a nonprofit social lab dedicated to building community, social innovation & introspection, activism, creating atypical content, making art, sharing ideas & resources, elevating marginalized perspectives, hosting events, reducing waste, and incubating a radically better nonviolent tomorrow full of consciousness, equity, and Empowerment For All.
Mark PalmsManchesterMark Palms began playing traditional music (The Raisin Pickers, Creole du Nord, The Millers) following his partnership with wife Carol and career as a music educator. After chasing his family heritage (Belgium to Breaux Bridge LA,) Mark’s love for traditional music led him to study Cajun & Zydeco music in Louisiana. As a multi-instrumentalist Mark has produced a number of recordings and recently joined forces with Joe Hall & The Louisianan Cane Cutters.
Penny Seats Theatre CompanyAnn ArborThe Penny Seats produce professional theater outdoors in Ann Arbor's West Park in the summer and indoors at some of Ann Arbor's engaging performance venues in the winter. Because the group relies primarily on donations, tickets are inexpensive.
The Purple Rose Theatre CompanyChelseaLocated in Chelsea, Michigan, The Purple Rose Theatre Company (PRTC) is nationally-recognized for engaging audiences with new American plays. PRTC is a 501(c)(3)-organization operating under a Small Professional Theatre agreement with Actors’ Equity Association. Its mission is to “create fresh, original productions that get our audiences talking amongst themselves and feeling something new.”
Randy Parrish Fine Framing & Art Inc.Ann ArborRandy Parrish Fine Framing & Art specializes in creative picture framing and display solutions. They showcase antique maps and contemporary Michigan and Ann Arbor talent with a focus on regional art.
Rapport Innovative Marketing LLCMilanEvery business wishes to enhance their brand, build rapport, increase their sales and save on expenditures, while having a bit of fun –they just need more time! Join the Rapport Innovative Marketing clients who love how they mix design skills and marketing solutions with cutting edge products, honest insight, and innovative team members that love their craft! Owner Tina Walther serves on the board of Creative Washtenaw.
River Raisin Ragtime RevueTecumsehRiver Raisin Ragtime Revue is an internationally recognized ragtime orchestra committed to performing and preserving outstanding American music. Their fun, interactive concerts and educational workshops include exciting music and engaging history.
Riverside Arts CenterYpsilantiThe Riverside Arts Center offers, promotes and nurtures dynamic arts and cultural programs through arts education, performing, visual and fine arts activities that serve and engage the community in Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County and the surrounding area.
Amy RosenbergAnn Arbor
Saline Area PlayersSalineSaline Area Players is a community theater company for the entire family that provides a diverse theatrical experience for all ages and backgrounds. It has been in Saline for almost 50 years.
Salt Valley ArtsSalineSalt Valley Arts builds and nurtures the creativity of the individual and the local community. They provide engaging opportunities for learning, teaching, sharing and appreciating the arts. The space in Saline provides 2,100 square feet to teach classes and hold events on the campus owned by EHM-Senior Solutions. Information about memberships, classes, workshops and events can be found at or in the Saline Community Education Program Guide.
Christina SearsYpsilantiChristina Sears is an interdisciplinary artist whose artwork often includes text. After a 20+ year career as a dance artist and educator, she is expanding her artistic practice. She is also a creative writer, mixed media artist and somatic movement educator.
Lynne SettlesYpsilantiLynne Settles is a community arts advocate, K-12 arts educator and creative art director with Embracing Our Differences Michigan. Find Lynne on LinkedIn
Leslie SobelAnn ArborConnecting climate, water and data through art. Leslie Sobel is a visual artist focused on climate and the environment. She works with landscape from the air and on the ground primarily as a painter and printmaker, often partnering with scientists in the field.
Stefanie Spivak-BirndorfAnn ArborStefanie Spivak-Birndorf is a creator. She paints, draws, sculpts, prints, sings and dances. She finds sharing this work with the world to be fulfilling.
State Street DistrictAnn ArborNext to the U-M campus and amid the beautiful skyline of Ann Arbor’s historic theater marquees, the State Street District has its own energy. The neighborhood is full of entertainment, restaurants and shopping every day of the week, It is the site of the State Street Fine Art Fair that draws more than 400,000 to the city the third week of July each year.
Natalie StringerFarmington HillsNatalie Stringer is a theatre maker, writer and arts administrator. She is the founding artistic director of C&G Collective, an interdisciplinary arts practice that partners with educational and cultural institutions, health care centers and civic centers. She also is the director of artistic and intellectual planning at All Seasons, Beztak. In 2020, she co-produced “theR.A.C.E. : Reestablishing Art as Civic Experience” with Matrix Theatre in SW Detroit, supported by the Michigan Humanities Council.
Lynn Marie SuitsAnn Arbor
T'onna Clemons Art LLC.Ann ArborT'onna Clemons is an Ann Arbor-based freelance painter and muralist. She was originally a graphic designer. She intends on uplifting and providing opportunities for the youth in Ann Arbor and metro Detroit. For the past several years, T'onna has traveled around the world gaining experience in mediums such as oil, gauche, acrylic, watercolor and welding. Using these skills, she has developed and is known for her own style of mixed media and futuristic textures.
Third Mind Books LLCAnn ArborThird Mind Books is an online antiquarian bookseller specializing in “Beat” and beyond!
Tobins Lake SalesAnn ArborTobins Lake Sales offers theater and studio design consulting, rigging, drapes, distribution, control and fixtures.
TreeTown MuralsGrass LakeTreeTown Murals is a community mural arts organization. They invite individuals, youth and community stakeholders to be a part of the process. Together, they create transformative works of art and strengthen the community, all while creating a transfer of ideas.
trustArt studios and Barickuda galleryAnn ArborLiz is the founder and director of trustArt studios and BARICKUDA GALLERY and a mixed media artist. Liz established trustArt in 2012 to provide space for artists to work, exhibit and develop a flexible venue for creative events in the Ann Arbor Area. ​Liz holds a BFA from The University of Michigan and an MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She is currently working with found objects, encaustic painting and photography to create installations, sculptural objects and wall pieces.
Amanda UhleAnn ArborAmanda Uhle is Executive Director and Publisher of McSweeney’s, known for its award-winning quarterly literary journal, humor website and eclectic book publishing program, along with Illustoria, an art and storytelling magazine for readers ages 6 to 11. She is co-founder, with Dave Eggers, of The International Congress of Youth Voices and co-editor of the I, Witness series of first-person stories by youth activists, published by Norton for Young Readers. She’s the occasional host of the author interview radio program and podcast, Living Writers. For more than 11 years, Uhle was executive director 826michigan, a nonprofit tutoring and writing center for school-aged students in Detroit, Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.
U-M The Alliance for Arts Research in Universities (a2ru)Ann ArborThe Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) fosters and champions the role of the arts and design in higher education. Its mission is connected knowledge and empowered leadership—to uphold and advance the arts and design in research, teaching, scholarship and creative practice.
U-M Arts & CultureAnn ArborThe University of Michigan has a rich history of supporting, creating and encouraging a culture of art. Along with the City of Ann Arbor, U-M offers a vast array of cultural attractions that enhance the lives of students, alumni, faculty, staff and local and regional residents. There are more than 20 libraries, several museums, more than a dozen art galleries, many performing arts venues, and a botanical garden and arboretum. In addition to presenting an ongoing schedule of installations, performances, events and exhibitions, U-M regularly hosts artists and performers from all over the world.
U-M Arts InitativeAnn ArborThe University of Michigan Arts Initiative seeks to illuminate and expand human connections, inspire collaborative creativity, and build a more just and equitable world through the arts. To achieve this, we will expand access to the arts on campus and beyond, activate them in student learning and integrate the arts into research across disciplines. The Arts Initiative seeks to strengthen the arts ecosystem of southeast Michigan while also shaping national and global understandings of how the arts can lead social change.
U-M Gifts of Art program at Michigan MedicineAnn ArborGifts of Art brings the world of art and music to patients, families, visitors, faculty, students and staff of Michigan Medicine, including exhibit galleries, concerts, bedside music/art and more.
U-M Helen Zell Writers' Program Visiting Writers SeriesAnn ArborThe Zell Visiting Writers Series, presented by the U-M Helen Zell Writers Program, brings the world of contemporary literature to Ann Arbor with weekly visits from working writers that include readings, moderated Q&A sessions, lectures and public panel discussions.
U-M Institute for the Humanities GalleryAnn ArborThe gallery at the U-M Institute for the Humanities is a unique meeting place for the exchange and interchange of ideas. Each exhibition serves as a starting point for collaboration and critical inquiry, bringing new perspectives to the institute and actively engaging the community with the humanities. In addition to providing a venue for artists to exhibit their work, the gallery now also offers commissioning fellowships each year, providing artists the time and support to create new work while in short term residence.
U-M Kelsey Museum of ArchaeologyAnn ArborThe U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology supports teaching and research on classical, Egyptian, and Near Eastern archaeology through stewardship of its rich collections, an active exhibitions program, and sponsorship of ongoing field research. As an exhibit museum at a public university, the Kelsey Museum also embraces a vigorous public outreach mission, engaging with local residents and visitors of all ages, from Kindergarten through retirement.
U-M LibraryAnn ArborWith more than 20 libraries in its system, the U-M Library is dedicated to contributing to the common good by collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating and sharing the record of human knowledge. The library hosts a full schedule of exhibitions and events year-round.
U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens | Nichols ArboretumAnn ArborU-M’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum promote environmental enjoyment, stewardship and sustainability through education, research and interaction with the natural world. In addition to presenting “Shakespeare in the Arb” each year, Matthaei boasts an ongoing schedule of art exhibitions each season.
U-M Museum of Art (UMMA)Ann ArborThe U-M Museum of Art (UMMA) seeks to transform individual and civic life by promoting the discovery, contemplation and enjoyment of the art of our world. The museum is always free._x000D_
U-M Museum of Natural HistoryAnn ArborThe U-M Museum of Natural History inspires curiosity with exhibits that explore the natural world from molecules to dinosaurs, a planetarium to discover the universe and programs such as dissecting a cow’s eye and scientists discussing their research. The museum is free for families and individuals. Check the schedule at
U-M Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker SeriesAnn ArborThe Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series presents visionary leaders of creative practice from around the world, celebrating those who have made lasting marks by transcending tradition and building an influential and progressive path with their work. Free to the general public, presentations are at 5:10 p.m. every Thursday during the fall and winter semesters at the historic Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor.
U-M School of Music, Theatre & DanceAnn ArborThe U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance educates the artists, scholars, educators and entrepreneurs of the future. Students are prepared with expert skills, instilled with passionate enthusiasm and emboldened to challenge and inspire the world through the power of the performing arts. It is a NASM-accredited school of performing arts..
U-M Stamps GalleryAnn ArborThe U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance educates the artists, scholars, educators and entrepreneurs of the future. Students are prepared with expert skills, instilled with passionate enthusiasm and emboldened to challenge and inspire the world through the power of the performing arts. It is a NASM-accredited school of performing arts.
U-M Stamps School of Art & DesignAnn ArborThe U-M Stamps School of Art & Design prepares students to think in new ways, to educate them to become concerned world citizens and to equip them with the skills for life-long accomplishment. Stamp's commitment to innovation in teaching and learning is demonstrated by their visionary undergraduate program redesign. Almost 15 years ago,Stamps was one of the first art and design schools in the world to institute a curriculum of self-directed study that emphasizes both conceptual and technical skill building and allows students to move freely among media. As Stamps evolves to address the demands and opportunities of current and future creative practice, it continues to use the invaluable experience gained over that time to refine undergraduate and graduate programs.
U-M Taubman College of Architecture & Urban PlanningAnn ArborThrough interdisciplinary education and research, the U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning aims to create a more beautiful, inclusive and better environment for generations to come. The Taubman College operates two galleries that show student and faculty work, as well as the work of internationally known architects.
U-M UMSAnn ArborUMS brings an exceptional collection of talent, creativity, performance and passion in the world-class performing arts to engage, educate, transform and connect individuals with uncommon experiences.
U-M William L. Clements LibraryAnn ArborThe U-M William L. Clements Library houses original resources for the study of American history and culture from the 15th –19th centuries. Its mission is to collect and preserve primary source materials to make them available for research and to support and encourage scholarly investigation of our nation’s past. The Clements Library showcases its collections with regular exhibits presented in the Avenir Reading Room. Exhibits are free and open to the public on Fridays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and by special arrangement.
Vocal Arts Ensemble of Ann ArborAnn ArborFor three decades, the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Ann Arbor (VAE) has maintained a tradition of professional excellence in the performance of fine choral music. VAE has solidified its reputation as one of the premier chamber ensembles in the region. Directed by Benjamin Cohen, VAE's distinctive and versatile programming, collaborative spirit and dedication to commissioning and performing new works have helped this special chamber choir carve a unique niche in the southeast Michigan concert scene.
WAABEL Start-Up StudioAnn ArborWAABEL Start-Up Studio is a supportive ecosystem for artists and writers to advance business, brand and purpose.
Washtenaw Community College Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences DivisionAnn ArborWashtenaw Community College’s Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences Division offers a variety of associate’s degrees and certificate programs across the fine arts. The College participates in the Michigan Transfer Agreement, where many courses transfer to colleges and universities in Michigan. WCC's art gallery and performing arts venue, Towsley Auditorium are located in the Morris Lawrence Building. WCC also offers creative publishing opportunities through the college's Writing Center.
Washtenaw Community Concert BandYpsilantiThe Washtenaw Community Concert Band is a 70-member adult recreational band in its 39th season. It provides its members, concert audiences and area communities quality musical concert band experiences.
Waterloo Farm Museum and Dewey SchoolGrass LakeWaterloo Farm Museum and Dewey School is an 1880s farmstead with farmhouse, forge, bakehouse, milkhouse, barns, windmill, log cabin and others; some are original to property.
The one-room school house is off site. Available for summer tours and events.
WEMU, 89.1 FMYpsilantiWEMU is a community NPR station with a format of local news, jazz and blues, in addition to NPR news, information and cultural programming. Tune in weekly to art-focused local programs “Cinema Chat,” “Art & Soul” and “creative:impact.”
Gordon WhiteAnn ArborGordon White is an independent writer and an Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) stage manager with experience organizing nonprofit volunteers, events, fundraising, theater production and advertising sales.
Whitepine StudiosSalineThe mission of Whitepine Studios is to teach the fundamentals of art and design in a fun and supportive environment. For younger children, their focus is on process rather than production and they encourage the exploration of art materials, creativity and originality. Whitepine studios has developed an extensive variety of classes for all ages and skill levels to enjoy. They also host custom painting pARTies and have a complete mobile art studio that will come to your business, school or senior living community.
Kathryn WilliamsYpsilantiKate Williams is an arts education professional working in Washtenaw County. She instructed visual art for eight years where she focused her career around learner-centered design and social justice in education. She is a member of the Community Action Network Art & Design advisory board, where she has worked as an education specialist to develop community arts programming for youth. Her main interests and expertise are student-centered education and amplifying community voice through the arts.
Lizzy WilsonChelseaLizzy Wilson is a figurative sculptor. She is currently board president of Huron River Art Collective.
Wonderfools ProductionsYpsilantiWonderFool Productions(WFP) invites and empowers communities to connect through the inclusive, illuminating, and transforming power of creativity. It produces three annual events: FoolMoon and FestiFools in Ann Arbor every spring and ypsiGLOW in Ypsilanti in October. Additionally, countless workshops and activities are available in the months leading up to those events at no cost to community members. WFP has worked with over 90 community partners, 150 artists and over 500 community members who have made art and creations with them over the years.
Diana WongAnn ArborDiana Wong is an Associate Professor in Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Eastern Michigan University. She supports non-profit organizations and businesses with strategic planning, organizational change and leadership talent development. As a board member of Artrain, Wong seeks to promote and support the critical intersections between major strategic business initiatives and innovations originating in the arts.
WSG GalleryAnn ArborFeaturing work by regional artists, the member artists who own and operate this gallery work in a variety of disciplines. WSG shows: paintings: abstract, figurative, landscape, watercolor; sculpture: ceramic, assemblage, installation; paper arts, book arts, fiber, jewelry, art glass, drawing, photography, printmaking. Commercial and residential clients are welcome.Named after the original location on Washington Street, WSG gallery has maintained a presence in downtown Ann Arbor since 1999.
Linda YohnYpsilantiCurrently hosting The Swing Set on WRCJ FM, Linda Yohn served 30 years as the music director at WEMU 89.1 FM, a National Public Radio station located at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She was named the 2017 National Jazz Presenter of the Year by JazzWeek magazine, has been named National Jazz Programmer five times and was awarded the Duke Dubois Jazz Humanitarian Award, Willis Conover/Marian McPartland Award for Jazz Journalism and awarded Creative Washtenaw's Medal for Arts, Humanities & Sciences Lifetime Achievement 2016.
Ypsilanti Youth OrchestraYpsilantiThe Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra (YYO) provides students the opportunity to make music in an atmosphere of creation, motivation, cooperation and friendship. It develops team building and communication skills in a safe and supportive setting. YYO serves more than two hundred youth of diverse backgrounds and socioeconomic status by remaining tuition-free for students and families.

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