About The Arts Alliance

Arts + Creative Industries = Impact

Championing the Arts & Creative Industries

The Arts Alliance is the arts + creative industry authority in Washtenaw County. A regional agency, its mission is to advocate for and support Creative Washtenaw and ensure that the greater Ann Arbor, Michigan, region remains a great place to create, live, work, learn, play and visit.

The intrinsic and aesthetic values of the arts and creativity are determining factors of success for the members of The Arts Alliance: Creative people from students to industry experts leading the sector locally, nationally and internationally. They are professionals and amateurs who have creative practices, own creative businesses, hold creative jobs in profit, nonprofit and government entities; and offer creative products, services and programs throughout the Washtenaw community.

The Arts Alliance serves Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Milan, Saline Whitmore Lake and Ypsilanti plus the 21 townships in the county.

The Arts Alliance is committed to, forever evolving and learning about diversity, equity and inclusion.

Facilitating, advocating, communicating, educating and celebrating.

Supported by members, The Arts Alliance is the very definition of a backbone organization: one that establishes and nurtures cross-sector partnerships to reach common goals and outcomes. The Arts Alliance is intent, first and foremost, in listening to its members because they know what they need to prosper and what causes their stagnation. The work of The Arts Alliance is furthered through research, assessment and data that they and others conduct and report.

The Arts Alliance reveres the intrinsic and aesthetic values of art + creativity while working diligently to demonstrate the impact of the sector on the economy, education, quality of life and place. It relentlessly pushes the arts + creative industries agenda forward by persuading the community at large, its leaders and decision makers the value of investing in and setting policies to make it possible for artists and creatives to make a decent living, to ensure that creative organizations and businesses are properly resourced and that schools have the means to provide students with arts + creative education as a right to a well-rounded education that leads to a workforce possessing the depth of skills desired by 21st century employers. The Arts Alliance and its members know that building and sustaining a vibrant arts sector is not accomplished by want or magic. It takes long-term commitment.

The Arts Alliance has earned respect among community decision-makers resulting in being asked to take a “seat at the table” on community planning and initiatives (though sometimes still bringing our own chair.) The Arts Alliance is an essential partner with the business, education, government, tourism, philanthropic, health, and other sectors demonstrating the interconnectivity of and integrating art + creativity into all aspects of community life. Broad-based engagement and the Washtenaw County Cultural Master Plan informs the work of The Arts Alliance as it:

  • Facilitates to explore issues, conduct research, administer MCACA Regranting programs and foster creative initiatives.
  • Advocates to voice the creative industries’ impact and influence policy and encourage investment.
  • Communicates to promote the creative industries’ programs and collaborative initiatives.
  • Educates to encourage investment and participation in life-long creative learning programs.
  • Celebrates to trumpet the triumphs of the creative industries.
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