Ann Arbor’s Arts Alliance earns NEA Art Works Grant- MLive


By Jenn McKee on December 13, 2014 at 4:55 am

Ann Arbor’s Arts Alliance – a 501(c)3 organization that advocates for and supports the creative sector of Washtenaw County – is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant.

A press release contains further details.

The Arts Alliance is recommended for a $25,000 grant to support Creative Convergence 2015, an issues-based conference focusing on the current “hot topics” impacting and driving the creative sector in Michigan and the nation.

Creative Convergence 2015 is scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Eastern Michigan University. The purpose of Creative Convergence 2015 is to educate and revitalize those in the arts and cultural sector. Just as important, it is intended to influence leaders in the other sectors – government, business, education, philanthropic, social service, health and environment – about the value and importance of arts, culture and creativity specifically in Michigan, a state still struggling to recover economically.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “I’m pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Art Works including the award to The Arts Alliance. The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives.”

“This NEA grant makes it possible to invite national, thought-leading, trend-setting and best practice-setting experts to lead an issues-based conversation for local and statewide influencers to explore and gain knowledge about current issues, trends and best practices to devise vision and strategy, support aligned activities, advance policy and work to encourage investment in creative initiatives,” said Deb Polich, president/CEO of The Arts Alliance. “The Arts Alliance along with its Creative Convergence 2015 partners Eastern Michigan University College of Arts & Sciences, Creative Many Michigan, CultureSource and UM Penny Stamps Series are thrilled to have the endorsement of the National Endowment for the Arts for this important conference.”

Art Works grants support the creation of art, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,474 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 919 are recommended for grants for a total of $26.6 million.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at Follow the conversation about this and other NEA‐funded projects on Twitter at #NEAFall2014.

Jenn McKee is an entertainment reporter for The Ann Arbor News. Reach her at or 734-623-2546, and follow her on Twitter @jennmckee.