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Longform SCRAP Creative Reuse Ann Arbor executive director Claire Tyra.

From trash to crafting treasure: Ann Arbor nonprofit has promoted creative reuse for over 40 years

SCRAP Creative Reuse Ann Arbor has been rescuing materials that would otherwise be considered junk and selling them as affordable craft supplies since 1983.

Longform Avery Williamson working in her RAC studio.

Ypsi artists examine Water Street and education system through Riverside Arts Center residency

Ypsilanti-based Riverside Arts Center's two newest resident artists are using their art to address complex local issues like development and education, and engaging the public in the conversation.

Feature Story Tru Klassick recording with Athletic Mic League, 2021.

Ann Arbor's Tru Klassick explores Black history and consciousness on new album

On July 27, the Ann Arbor-based hip-hop artist Taylor Michael, who performs as Tru Klassick, will headline a show at The Blind Pig to celebrate both his birthday and the release of his second full-length record, "The Halo Effect."

Innovation News Michigan Turkey Producers employee Blanca Chaidez wears Taza Aya’s worker wearable protection equipment as she prepares for her work shift.

Invisible face mask: U-M startup's device kills viruses with helmet-based air curtain

University of Michigan startup Taza Aya has developed an innovative and invisible "mask" that provides a defense against dangerous, airborne pathogens.

Feature Story King's Kid Christian Daycare staff members Adrian Robinson, left, Lolita Granger, center and Tamara Jones laugh Wednesday, July 17, 2024, as they play with toys in one of the classrooms in the Detroit child care center.

MiLEAP fund provides essential equipment, upgrades for child care facilities

Quality child care is necessary, but not always available or affordable. The MiLEAP Caring for MI Future: Facilities Improvement Fund has launched a $59 million fund to provide new and expanding home-based and center-based facilities across the state.   

Longform Matt Jones, Amber Davis, Brooke Boyst, and Alexis Braun Marks outside of Halle Library during the renovation.

EMU library undergoes major renovation thanks to its namesake's foundation

The renovation will establish a larger and more accessible location for EMU's archives and create new facilities for EMU's growing oral history program.

Longform Binary Star at SXSW, 2011.

Inside the evolution of Ann Arbor and Ypsi hip-hop

The sound of Ann Arbor/Ypsi hip-hop is hard to pin down, but a distinct community has arisen around it over three-plus decades. We dug into what makes the local scene unique.

Innovation News Community garden

New grant program offers funds for Ypsi community gardens

Ypsilanti-based nonprofit Growing Hope's new Community Garden Grants program will offer grants ranging from $200 to $1,000 for garden projects that serve under-resourced communities in the Ypsi area.

Feature Story Michigan Health and Hospital Association represents all community hospitals in the state.

How public health collaborations with hospitals benefit Michigan's communities

Yours, Mine and Ours — Public Health spoke with Lauren LaPine, Michigan Health and Hospital Association senior director of legislative and public policy about how various public health agencies and programs collaborate with hospitals across the state.  

Longform Dani Darling and London Beck (back row) with Baddie Brooks and Rod Wallace (front row) in Depot Town.

Ypsi-based program creates network of support for Black musicians

The Amplify Fellowship launched in 2020 in Ypsilanti to support local Black artists in producing music during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it's slowly become a robust community of long-term support for past and present fellows.

Longform Kristen Muehlhauser of Raindance Organic Farm's farmland in Northfield Township.

Land is easier to access for Washtenaw County's small farmers, helping them buck national trends

Washtenaw County government and nonprofit entities are making it easier for small farmers to access farmland through innovative programs like conservation easements, farm linking, and more.

Longform Melinda Vukonich.

Meet three up-and-coming artists featured at this year's Ann Arbor Art Fair

Each of the three fairs that comprise the Ann Arbor Art Fair offers an Emerging Artist program to highlight up-and-coming artists. We chatted with three of them.

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New WCC program offers boot camp, $10k for tech entrepreneurs

A new 12-week program launching next week at Washtenaw Community College will provide education, mentorship, and $10,000 in business funding to participating local tech entrepreneurs.

Innovation News A submission to Groundcover News' Visual Arts Contest.

Groundcover News launches art contest spotlighting homeless and low-income artists

This summer, Ann Arbor-based nonprofit newspaper Groundcover News is highlighting local homeless, formerly homeless, and low-income artists through a new Visual Arts Contest. 

Longform The Inclusive Health Care Taskforce hosted an information and resource fair on June 13.

Michigan coalition works to address health disparities for older adults

A broad coalition of Michigan organizations has come together to address health disparities that affect Michigan's rapidly growing population of older adults.

Longform Annalies Walsh and her father Joe Walsh selling Manchester Entrepreneurial STEM merchandise at Waterloo Hunt Club in Grass Lake.

Manchester 8th graders build successful businesses in entrepreneurship class

Each semester, eighth graders in Manchester Community Schools write business plans, do market research, run real businesses, and make real profits as part of their classwork.

Partner Content OUCARES day camps create a space where autistic kids don’t feel judged, gain some independence from parents, and interact with peers.

Summertime is “a time of possibilities” and challenges for autistic kids and adults

Summer break creates opportunities for fun and family adventures along with the challenges of changing routines.

Longform Yo-Yo Ma with students from Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza Monterrey at Hill Auditorium.

Behind the scenes: Yo-Yo Ma, U-M students, and Kayhan Kalhor collaborate on new composition

In a weeklong residency, U-M students joined the Orchestra of the Americas, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and composer Kayhan Kalhor to preview a new piece Kalhor had written with Ma in mind.

Longform Colleen Kennedy and Cat Spencer outside of the future Beara Bakes space.

Bakery, ice cream, realty, and embroidery businesses revitalize downtown Ypsi building

10 N. Washington St. in downtown Ypsi has sat mostly vacant since the beloved Go! Ice Cream closed in October, but new businesses are bringing the building back to life.

Feature Story Women sitting on dock

Voices of Youth: Students advocate for consent education to combat sexual assault and harassment

Many young people have experienced sexual assault or harassment, but they feel not enough is being done to address the problem.

Hasini and Harshini Anand are members of Corner Health Center's Youth Leadership Council and mental health advocates.

 


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