The Arts Alliance is a leader championing, supporting and advocating for the Arts and Creative Industries in Washtenaw County, MI — arts and creative individuals, organizations and businesses—to ensure that the greater Ann Arbor region remains a great place to create, live, work, learn, play and visit.
Broad-based creative community engagement and the Washtenaw County Cultural Master Plan informs the work of The Arts Alliance – some of which is behind the scenes such as conducting needs assessments for arts and creative education, administering grants and managing research projects while other work is more visible such as managing public art and design projects or presenting annual awards for excellence. The Arts Alliance is an essential partner with the business, tourism, philanthropic, government, education and other sectors on numerous programs to integrate art and culture in all aspects of civic life of the county.
A membership organization, The Arts Alliance works with its 260+ members to aid and partner with thousands of creative individuals and hundreds of creative businesses located within the county, who in turn serve 356,000 residents, including 47,000 preK-12 students plus 80,000 university students and 3.4 million visitors to the region.
Some of The Arts Alliance’s work is behind the scenes such as conducting needs assessments for arts and cultural education, administering grants or managing research projects. Other work is more visible such as managing public art projects or presenting annual awards for excellence.