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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

Riverside Arts' new elevator

Photo by Dan DuChene

Community members were packed into the renovated lobby of the Riverside Arts Center as organizers cut the ribbon for the new elevator.
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RAC ‘in good shape’ despite funding cuts on state level

By Christine Laughren
Feb. 17, 2009    ·    1:51 a.m.


The Riverside Arts Center was packed Thursday evening as the community celebrated more than $600,000 in renovations and construction to the facility.

The RAC organized a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the renovation of the lobby and the installation of an elevator connecting the Center with the DTE Energy building.

Approximately $575,000 was invested to construct a glass-encased elevator connecting the two buildings. Another $50,000 was brought in for reno-vations to the lobby including a new ticket booth that was once housed in Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor.

A large portion of the project was paid for with grant money provided through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

However, the celebration was bittersweet Thursday evening as Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s administration announced large cuts in arts funding earlier in the afternoon.

The Governor’s office announced it is eliminating the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries, which oversees the Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. The MCACA awarded $7.9 million in grants to 290 organizations throughout the state in 2009.

That number is expected to be reduced to about $1 million according to Jennifer Goulet, president of ArtServe Michigan and RAC board member.

However, LaRue said he thinks the RAC is in good shape to weather the storm.

“We are a very lean organization… but some organizations with a lot of fixed costs are in worse shape then we are,” he said.

Although LaRue said the RAC would still have to turn to the community “now more than ever” for program funding.



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