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Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

Arts Alliance hosts Web site launch party

The Arts Alliance, a local organization supporting arts and cultural activity in Washtenaw County, is launching a Web site that offers local artists of all kinds a place to post detailed profiles and notify visitors of events in the art community. Photo by courtesy of the Arts Alliance

The Arts Alliance, a local organization supporting arts and cultural activity in Washtenaw County, is launching a Web site that offers local artists of all kinds a place to post detailed profiles and notify visitors of events in the art community.
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Nine Ypsilanti artists already profiled on site

By Mark Tower
Apr. 15, 2010    ·    2:02 p.m.


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.

On the Web
www.a3arts.org



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