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The Arts Alliance, a local organization supporting arts and cultural activity in Washtenaw County, will host a Web site launch party at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the WSG Gallery on Main St. in downtown Ann Arbor.
The new Web site, at www.a3arts.org, offers local artists of all kinds a place to post detailed profiles and notify residents of events and developments in the art community. Local artists and art organizations from the Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Saline, Milan, Chelsea, Dexter and Manchester areas are all welcomed to create such a profile on the new site.
Nine local artists from Ypsilanti have already created profiles on the site, and Arts Alliance President Tamara Real expects participation in the site to increase as it becomes better known.
Promoting the arts is a big part of what the organization does, Real said, although training artists and performers to become better entrepreneurs is also in the group's mission, something she said could create positive economic development in the communities of Washtenaw County.
“This really is a marketing opportunity for the artists,” she said of the site. “We are trying to help artists become more effective as business people.”
The group has created a county-wide arts and culture plan that outlines what could be done to improve participation in the arts and assist with economic development, and individual plans that focus on each community, including Ypsilanti. The organization also helps artists and arts organizations with micro-loan opportunities and through coaching and mentoring programs.
Though the RSVP deadline for the launch party was April 13, Real told Ypsilanti's Downtown Development Authority that anyone seeking more information about the organization or the new site is welcome at Friday's event.
The Arts Alliance is supported by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.
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