On Nov. 8, Barbara Carson And K.A. Letts attended an informational meeting of the Arts Alliance and Ann Arbor Visitors and Convention Bureau at Michigan Theater, the subject of which was the branding of Ann Arbor as an “established” arts destination in Michigan. We found this ironic since Ann Arbor just voted no on Proposal b for public art. The emphasis of the meeting seemed to be on hotel room sales for major arts events like the Ann Arbor Art Fairs, with little of immediate interest for working artists in the Ann Arbor area wishing to promote their work. At this point it would seem that Grand Rapids outpaces Ann Arbor as an “established” arts destination based upon Artprize alone. Still, we will be thinking about how to co-operate with these entities in the future to benefit our members.
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How many other people were in attendance? Was the event well attended? What were the thoughts of the others in present?
There might have been 75 in attendance, and I’m not sure whether that meant “well attended” or not. There were reps from most of the larger local arts organizations, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor Symphony, University Musical Society etc. The presentations devoted quite a bit of time to Ann Arbor participation in the “Pure Michigan” campaign. The only “grass roots” participants were myself, Barbara (AAWA) and Shary Brown (Festifools).It was interesting in a general way, but didn’t present any avenues for participation by our group that I could see.