Members Move the Creative Agenda Forward
Champion, Support and Advocate for the Arts + Creative Industries
Creative Washtenaw members are the best!
Creative Washtenaw members support its mission to champion the arts + creative industries in Washtenaw County, MI to ensure that the greater Ann Arbor area remains a great place to create, live, work, learn, play and visit.
Creative Washtenaw serves Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Milan, Saline, Whitmore Lake and Ypsilanti, plus the 21 townships in the county.
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.
The intrinsic and aesthetic values of art and creativity are determining factors of success for its members and constituents.
- Artists, creative workers, organizations, businesses, educational and government entities.
- Professionals, amateurs, students and industry experts leading the sector locally, nationally and internationally.
- Have creative practices, own creative businesses and hold creative jobs in profit, nonprofit, educational and government entities
- Produce creative goods, services and programs for county residents, visitors and personal fulfillment.
Ally members and sponsors
- Individuals, organizations, businesses, foundations and government agencies.
- Place a high value on the arts + creative industries in Washtenaw County.
- Frequent arts and cultural events.
- Believe every child should have equitable access to high quality, consistent, sequential and standards-based education through the arts, culture, design and creativity.
- Have a preference for hand-crafted goods, well-designed and aesthetically interesting environments.
- Appreciate that 21st century businesses and their employees seek to live in vibrant, authentic communities.
We deeply appreciate and thank all our members for the foresight, lift and encouragement they extend to Creative Washtenaw through their support and patronage.
- Joining together as Creative Washtenaw to fortify and promote the local arts + creative industries.
- Striving for every community resident to have equitable access and the ability to benefit from arts and creative assets.
- Investing in community quality of life, place and economic stability.
- Doubling their membership gifts! Every dollar is applied to the $39,500 match Creative Washtenaw must meet to earn its MCACA general operating and regranting administration grants.
- Filling the gap. Membership equals 25% of Creative Washtenaw’s budget – critical funds that pay the costs of doing business.
The Arts + Creative Industries
The intrinsic and aesthetic values of art and creativity are essential and the highest determining factors of success for these individual practitioners, for profit, nonprofit, educational and government entities.
- Advertising & promotion
- Architecture: building, landscape, urban & regional planning, marine & naval, etc.
- Art schools, art teachers, artists & agents
- Art therapy, rehabilitation and healing
- Creative technology: app design, game design, web design, etc.
- Culture & heritage: preservation, centers and museums
- Design: display, exhibition, graphic, industrial, interior, multimedia, packaging, product, visual communication user interface design, etc.
- Fashion: design, garments, textiles, footwear, lifestyle & accessories
- Film, audio visual & broadcasting
- Literary, publishing & print
- Music & recording
- Museums: art, cultural, heritage, history & science
- Research & Development: the pursuit of models, methods, formulas and products of unusual value
- Science & nature centers
- Performing arts: dance, music, multidisciplinary, theater, etc.
- Visual arts: artisan-crafts, painting, sculpting, photography, etc.
We are happy to extend a few benefits to you too…
because your membership supports our work supporting, facilitating, advocating, communicating, educating and celebrating for and with Creative Washtenaw.
- Two-for-one event posts in the Ann Arbor Observer and Creative Washtenaw. Follow these event posting instructions to use this benefit.
- Post jobs, internships, announcements and more. Use Creative Washtenaw’s submission link
- Social media shout outs to thousands of followers. We love to like, share and retweet our members’ posts. Make it easier for us: YOU have to like and follow Creative Washtenaw FIRST on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram
- Star in the Arts + Creative Industries Guide. Did you know all that information we asked you would be published in a guide that reached thousands of residents and visitors throughout the greater Washtenaw County area? Well it is! Look for this year’s guide at your local café or arts space – let us know if we missed a spot.
- Hang out with the creative crowd at Creative Washtenaw Happy Hour (CWHH) the last Wednesday of every month from 4:30 – 6:00! There is no agenda, it’s just a fun time for those who thrive on Washtenaw’s arts + creativity. Get more info here.
- creative:impact on WEMU 89.1 FM – recommend guests for recommend guests for this weekly radio segment that Deb Polich co-hosts with David Fair during Morning Edition on Tuesdays at 7:49 and 9:49 a.m. It features the creative people and business that make Washtenaw one of the most vibrant creative hubs in the state. Write to deb.polich@Creative Washtenaw.org.
- Special discounts and promotional opportunities. Members have first access and receive discounts for our programs, ads and tickets for like THE pARTy!