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Coffin Decorating Contest & Halloween Hat Trunk Show
10/2/2015 10:00:00 PM UTC - 10/3/2015 12:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: The Eyrie
The Scoop: As part of First Fridays Ypsilanti...

1. Bring a $10 donation and pick up mini coffin at The Eyrie or www.lushlapel.com.
2. Embellish to create your own design.
3. Bring your entry to The Eyrie by Oct 2nd at 7pm.
4. Stop by to shop uniquely beautiful Halloween hats!

Prizes awarded for best coffin designs by Lush Lapel Millinery & The Eyrie. Proceeds to benefit the Humane Society of the Huron Valley.
Think Local First End of Summer mixer at Bill's Beer Garden
9/22/2015 9:30:00 PM UTC - 9/22/2015 11:30:00 PM UTC
Posted By: Think Local First
Join Think Local First on the last day of summer for a relaxed evening of networking, conversation and local brews at Bill's Beer Garden, one of the finalists for this year's Washtenaw Indie Awards. This event is free and open to the public. Cash bar.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/974751835901763/
Scrapbox Drop-in Daytime Workshops!
7/28/2015 3:00:00 PM UTC - 7/28/2015 6:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: The Scrap Box

We are offering two drop-in workshops for kids this month at our warehouse. No need to reserve ahead, just "drop-in" for an affordable creative activity your children will enjoy & remember!

July 28: finger puppets!

Also: 

July 30: Bugs from recycled materials!
Art & Nature Summer Camp at Dreamscapes Art Studio
7/13/2015 1:30:00 PM UTC - 7/17/2015 4:30:00 PM UTC
Posted By: Dreamscapes Art Studio
***July 13- July 17, 2015*** 

9:30 to 12:30 

One week Summer Art & Nature Camp held at MAKE Art Studio - exploring natural dyes found in plants and flowers. Daily walks around downtown Ann Arbor. Morning snack followed by mindful yoga, then diving into Art Camp. Trip to the Ann Arbor Farmers Market to pick our own flowers for flower printing and creating flower mandalas. Working with tons of natural materials found in Nature to give us colors, smells, textures, paper, and create magical works of Art with!
Support Treetown Boards and Standup for the Cure!
7/11/2015 12:00:00 PM UTC - 7/11/2015 6:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: Treetown Boards
Click on the link to donate or register to participate in the event this Saturday (https://www.crowdrise.com/StandUpForTheCureMuskegon2015)!

Have a blast standup paddling (SUP) while raising awareness of breast cancer and funds in support of Susan G Komen. Treetown Boards will be there representing our line of standup paddleboards and supporting the cause. Stop by our tent to try out all our demo boards and to check out our event discounted boards and packages. If you cannot join us, remember that a small donation can still support the cause.  
3rd Annual Washtenaw Indie Awards celebration
6/30/2015 10:00:00 PM UTC - 7/1/2015 2:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Think Local First
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1587645911495050/

Join Think Local First​ and The Ann​ as we celebrate excellence in the Washtenaw County business and nonprofit communities. We will be celebrating finalists and awarding winners for the:   1. Washtenaw Soul Award 2. Big Leap Award 3. Hidden Gem Award 4. Community Care Award   *Find us under one of the tents at Top of the Park. *FREE admission & open to the public. *Local food *Local music (ToP lineup includes local favorites Chris Buhalis, Magdellen Fossum, and Ingrid Racine) *Cash bar *First 200 attendees get a complimentary Indie Awards Tshirt thanks to Ann Arbor T-shirt Company​ *MC: Matthew Altruda​ of Tree Town Sound​/Sonic Lunch​   NOTE: Award presentations will be in between musical acts at approximately 6:45 and 7:45.   Many thanks to this year's award judges:  Rene Greff: owner of Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery​/Arbor Brewing Company​ Amanda Edmonds: Executive Director of growing hope​ & Mayor of Ypsilanti, Michigan​ Mary Morgan of The CivCity Initiative​ Kim Bayer of Slow Food Huron Valley Great Lakes Heirloom Seed Trial​/Local Food Summit​/Homegrown Festival​
We will be at the Summer Festival Kidzone!
6/25/2015 9:00:00 PM UTC - 6/25/2015 10:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: The Scrap Box
This is a FREE event!

Learn about recycling + Make a hanging mobile!
Thursday, June 25th, 5:00pm
Location: Kidzone Tent @ the Top of the Park
Evening Workshop: Paper Beads for Jewelry
5/27/2015 11:00:00 PM UTC - 5/28/2015 1:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: The Scrap Box
Evening workshop:
Instructors: Joyce Bailey
Wednesday, May 27th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Project: Paper Beads for Jewelry
Cost: $10 

Signup @ scrapbox.org
Evening workshop: Decorative Boxmaking
5/13/2015 11:00:00 PM UTC - 5/14/2015 1:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: The Scrap Box
Evening workshop:
Instructors: Joyce Bailey
Wednesday, May 13th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Project: Decorative Boxmaking
Cost: $10 
Drop-in Workshop for Kids
4/18/2015 4:00:00 PM UTC - 4/18/2015 7:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: The Scrap Box
Drop-in worksho p for kids:
Instructors: Scrap Box Staff
Saturday, April 18th, 11:00am to 2:00pm
Project: Spring assemblage. 

Cost is $5 all materials provided. (no reservation needed)
Think Local First Mixer @ Unity Vibrations
4/12/2015 11:00:00 PM UTC - 4/13/2015 1:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Think Local First
Join Think Local First at TLF member Unity Vibration Living Kombucha Tea LLC​ new tasting room for one of our ongoing series of local mixers bringing area citizens, business owners, and policy makers together to network, enjoy some fantastic local food, and envision together how to continue best building a strong local, living economy. Our main speaker for this event will be Evan Malter of Zip Code Capital​ who is bringing a fascinating new model of supporting independent businesses by transforming customer loyalty into capital. For more info about Zipcap read his recent interview with Mark Maynard here: tinyurl.com/pvqnvzs  We will also be enjoying some appetizers from Think Local First member business beezy's cafe​. Hope to see many there! To respond to the Facebook event page go HERE.
Adult Zentangle® Workshop
2/28/2015 5:30:00 PM UTC - 2/28/2015 8:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: The Scrap Box
Adult Zentangle® Workshop:
Instructor: Jeanne Kero
Saturday, February 28th from 12:30 to 3pm. 
Cost for this workshop is $20 with all materials provided. 
(no reservation needed)
Think Local First Ypsi Mixer
2/25/2015 11:00:00 PM UTC - 2/26/2015 1:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Think Local First
Join  Think Local First  at  MAIZ Mexican Cantina  for one of our ongoing series of local mixers bringing area citizens, business owners, and policy makers together to network, enjoy some fantastic local food, and envision together how to continue best building a strong local, living economy. We will hear talks by Maíz owner Jason Branham and Ypsilanti Mayor and  growing hope  Executive Director Amanda Edmonds and enjoy food from Maiz as well as Think Local First member business  Harvest Kitchen . To RSVP to the Facebook event go to click HERE
Valentines Day Drop-In Workshop
2/14/2015 4:00:00 PM UTC - 2/14/2015 7:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: The Scrap Box
Instructors: Scrap Box Staff
Saturday, February 14th, 11:00am to 2:00pm
Cost is $5 all materials provided. (no reservation needed)
Project: Valentines cards, pins, badges or bracelets from recycled materials. 

If further questions e-mail: news@scrapbox.org or call 734-994-0012
TLF Sponsors Appleseed Collective @ The Ark 12/4
12/5/2014 1:00:00 AM UTC - 12/5/2014 4:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Think Local First
Think Local First will be sponsor for the upcoming show by local  Americana/roots/gypsy jazz band The Appleseed Collective at The Ark in Ann Arbor.TLF supports local music and art as part of our mission to enable and celebrate local, independent business.

Tickets are $15 and on sale now at The Ark Website.
Think Local First Annual Meeting Dec. 3
12/3/2014 11:00:00 PM UTC - 12/4/2014 1:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Think Local First
Join us for the Think Local First of Washtenaw County annual meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 3 in the Celtic Room at Conor O'Neills, 318 S. Main St. in Ann Arbor. We'll update members on what's been happening with TLF and what we're planning looking ahead, and we'll learn what another successful chapter is doing with guest speaker Elissa Hillary of Think Local Grand Rapids. In addition, we'll have an update on the local procurement legislation moving toward approval by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. Of course we'll have snacks and refreshments!
Learn the craft at Tammy's Tastings cocktail classes
9/23/2014 12:30:00 AM UTC - 11/18/2014 2:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Think Local First
Only one week until Tammy's Tastings' long awaited Manhattan Lab! The class is devoted to a single cocktail - we'll take it apart and put it back together again, and you'll have the chance to customize your own unique recipe. This will be a fast paced, focused class that's perfect for the Manhattan aficionado!    September 22 - Manhattan Lab
   The Last Word, 7:30 pm, $45 (light snacks provided)      Then, in October, I'll be offering my Fall Cocktails class in two locations. In this survey class you'll taste drinks made with a variety of spirits that highlight the delicious flavors of fall.    October 7, Evans Street Station, $40 (food available for
   purchase)    October 13, The Last Word, $45 (light snacks provided)      November will feature a gin-focused class (Nov 3) and Better With Bubbles (Nov 17).  Registration and class details are on Tammy's website.  
Ecology Center Fall Dinner: Featuring Anna Lappé
11/13/2014 1:00:00 AM UTC - 11/13/2014 3:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Ecology Center
Join the Ecology Center for our fall Dinner event, featuring guest speaker Anna Lappé. Anna Lappé is one of the most respected and influential advocates working for a more sustainable food system in America today. Her latest book,  Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It, was named as one of the best environmental books of 2010. She also is the co-author of  Hope’s Edge, which chronicles social movements fighting hunger around the world, and  Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen, showcasing the ecological and social benefits of sustainable food. Tickets are $90 for 2014 members. $125 for non-members (ticket purchase includes membership). Consider hosting this year’s celebration! The fall dinner is the Ecology Center’s premium annual event and is an excellent way to support our work. We ask you to consider joining us as a host or table sponsor. For more information, see ticket information below or contact Jenn Ketz at (734) 369-9269, or jenn@ecocenter.org.
The Scrap Box Open House
11/8/2014 3:00:00 PM UTC - 11/8/2014 7:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: The Scrap Box
The Scrap Box will be hosting an open House to show off our new room on Saturday, November 8 from 10-2pm.
There will be kids activities & refreshments. All Are welcome!
Venture LOCAL Offers Free Workshops on Local Investing
10/30/2014 10:00:00 PM UTC - 10/31/2014 12:30:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Think Local First
What will Ann Arbor look like in five years, if it is significantly supported by local capital?
Reconsider and Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) are announcing the launch of venture LOCAL -- a local investing awareness, education, and engagement campaign designed to accelerate investment in locally-owned businesses across Washtenaw County. Join the conversation!   What to Expect:
5:00 - 5:30 Open connecting 5:30 - 5:45 Setting the Foundation: What is local, what is investing, and what is the MILE Act. 5:45 - 6:45 Answering the one question:  World Cafe style 6:45 - 7:00 Check out the results 7:00 - 7:30 Open connecting

  Watch for your town's Gathering announcement! October 30: Ann Arbor November 19: Dexter December: Manchester January: Saline February: Milan March: Ypsilanti, Chelsea   You MUST register to attend, so register now!

   
Learn to be a Citizen Journalist with CTN
10/29/2014 11:00:00 PM UTC - 10/30/2014 1:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Think Local First
Learn how to be a reporter, camera operator and editor with CTN’s Kodak Zi8 flip camera. The concept of citizen journalism is based upon public citizens "playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing, and disseminating news and information." Citizens can often report breaking news more quickly than traditional media reporters due to the accessibility to get into their neighborhoods and communities to get the stories that matter to them. Free.

Space is limited. Call to reserve your spot: 734.794.6150. Details:  www.a2gov.org/ctn.
Costume Creation Station Workshop
10/25/2014 3:30:00 PM UTC - 10/25/2014 5:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: The Scrap Box
Would you like a little assistance making part of your Halloween costume? Children ages 6 and up can come to the Scrap Box with an adult for a special workshop and create part of their costume. Artists will be available to assist. Paints, yarn, elastic, pipe cleaners and such will be available for additional decorative touches. Date: Oct 25 10:30-noon Cost: $8 per participant. Pre-register at the Scrap Box Desk or online at: scrapbox.org or call us at 734-994-0012 (bring a child or a friend or come by yourself)
Artistic Imposition in the Photographic Portrait
7/5/2014 4:00:00 PM UTC - 10/19/2014 10:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: UMMA
Susan Sontag claimed that photographs "owe their existence to a loose cooperation (quasi-magical, quasi-accidental) between photographer and subject." Any photographic portrait marks an encounter between the person executing the image and the person posing for it. The sixteen photographs included in this exhibition speak to an especially charged collaboration between photographer and model in that they are all portraits of artists. 

When a photographer is faced with a subject who is so thoroughly invested in artistic representation, how might this impact his or her own photographic aesthetic? In this suite of remarkable photographs, we witness different manifestations of this phenomenon at work. For example, we see results ranging from the surreal to the seemingly straightforward through encounters between Salvador Dali and Phillipe Halsman; Frida Khalo and Manuel Álvarez Bravo; and Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams. In other cases the photographer intentionally frames the photographic subject alongside the artist's own work of art so that they become compelling participants in their own painted or sculptural compositions. 

This exhibition invites viewers to consider how the difficult task of representing another artist is productively accomplished through the collaborative aesthetic resonances discernable between model and photographer in these portraits.
Wild Game Dinner to Benefit 826 Michigan Oct. 16
10/16/2014 11:00:00 PM UTC - 10/17/2014 3:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Think Local First

Ann Arbor Film Festival DVD Premiere/Launch Party
10/15/2014 2:00:00 AM UTC - 10/15/2014 4:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Think Local First
Catch the premiere of the Festival's Volume 7 DVD at a launch party on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 9pm at Arbor Brewing Company. As part of WCBN's monthly movie night series, our much loved sister-organization will co-present the first peek at our DVD, award-winning films and other works of interest from the 52nd AAFF. Films include A Million Miles Away by Jennifer Reeder (Eileen Maitland Award), Adeline for Leaves by Jessica Sarah Rinland, Division by Johan Rijpma (Video Data Bank Best Emerging Video Maker Award), and Velocity by Carolina Glusiec (Chris Frayne Best Animated Film Award).   Volume 7 will be available for purchase along with previous volumes. Current AAFF members at the Hydrogen and Oxygen levels: be sure to pick up your free copy!
Ypsilanti Pop-Up Business Program
10/6/2014 5:00:00 AM UTC - 10/7/2014 5:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Michigan Small Business Development Center -- Greater Washtenaw Region
Kick-Off and Orientations scheduled for October 6, 6-7:30 pm at B-24’s and October 7, 9-10:30am at SPARK East. 

Pop-Up businesses are generally retail stores, galleries, or offices that temporarily activate a vacant or under-utilized space.  They are used to create low-cost, low-risk opportunities to transform a place quickly for a limited amount of time.   Teresa Gillotti, Ypsilanti’s Planning Director, explains, “Filling vacant spaces with active uses is a goal.  Trying out a new business idea or market is a great way to do that even if it’s just for a few months.  Sometimes that’s all the time you need to find out if the business, or the space works.  Ideally the Pop-Ups can transform into long-term leases and long-term businesses in the community.” 

The Ypsilanti Pop-Up Business Program is hosting Kick-Off and Orientations on Monday, October 6 from 6 p.m. to 7:30p.m. at B-24’s, 217 W. Michigan and Tuesday, October 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30a.m. at SPARK East, 215 W. Michigan Ave.  Entrepreneurs, artists, businesses, property owner, and anyone interested are welcome.  The program is free and open to the public.  Questions can be directed to Kory Scheiber, MI - SBDC Intake Consultant at ypsipopups@wccnet.edu or 734-677-5192.   
LEVERAGING DIVERSITY : AN ACE AGAINST THE "LULL" - ZingTrain
10/1/2014 1:00:00 PM UTC - 10/1/2014 2:30:00 PM UTC
Posted By: Think Local First
We might call them by different names – the blahs, the blues, the whatevers – but we all have them. Most would agree our businesses, departments and teams have them too!
 
Dr. Lee Meadows calls it “The Lull” and better yet, he calls himself The Lull Doctor! He believes the lull leads to stagnation, disengagement, the loss of human capital and ultimately the loss of competitive advantage. He helps people revive, inspire and innovate as a response to the Lull.
 
In this session, Dr. Meadows will talk about how we can leverage the diversity inherent in our workplaces as an ace against The Lull.

$50/person, students and non-profits $25.

Register
Dixboro Farm Market and Cars on the Green
9/19/2014 8:30:00 PM UTC - 9/20/2014 12:30:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Think Local First
Taking place on September 19th, in the heart of the Dixboro Village, the 2nd Annual  Cars on the Green  auto show will be one of kind experience for the car enthusiast as well as the gastronomic foodie.  The event, paired with the  Dixboro Farmers' Market ,  is free and open to the public. Spectators will enjoy the energy of exotic, antique, classic, and one of a kind cars on the Dixboro Village Green.  Plenty of free parking is available as well as great food and an amazing community!
Think Local First mixer on the roof at Big George's!
9/16/2014 10:30:00 PM UTC - 9/17/2014 12:30:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Think Local First
Join Think Local First for a mixer event on Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 530-730 p.m. We'll check out the great green rooftop space above Big George's Home Appliance Mart, talk about our plans for the upcoming Buy Local Week and other events and hear what our members are up to. Free event features  live jazz, refreshments and appetizers.  Bring a friend who should be part of TLF! Space is limited to 50 people, so please RSVP to Jud@thinklocalfirst.net. 
Changing Hands 3: Art Without Reservation
5/24/2014 4:00:00 PM UTC - 9/14/2014 10:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: UMMA
Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3  explores the work of contemporary artists of indigenous origin working in both traditional and new media, acknowledging their long and diverse cultural legacies while overtly and simultaneously exploring, and often confronting, the many ongoing issues inherent to their cultural heritage.

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3  is the culmination of a decade-long investigation and exploration into fine art created by Indigenous artists from North America, defined by their regional origins. This concluding exhibition of the three-part series presents new work by Native American, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists and designers from the Northeastern and Southeastern regions of the United States and Canada. Curated by Ellen Taubman, this Changing Hands presentation is the third in a series of exhibitions organized by the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.
Join Think Local First at Homegrown Festival!
9/6/2014 11:00:00 PM UTC - 9/7/2014 3:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Think Local First
Eat local, drink local, be local at Homegrown Festival this Saturday! Ann Arbor Farmer's Market will be the venue from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is free. Volunteers needed during the event, for info see homegrownfestival.org
"Know Your Numbers" Workshop with SDBC -- TLF Members Free!
8/19/2014 2:00:00 PM UTC - 8/19/2014 5:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: Think Local First
Michigan Small Business Development Council presents "Know Your Numbers." 
 
Learn important keys to using financial statements to maximize cash flow and increase access to capital.
 
Who should attend:
-- Experienced business owners
-- Key staff who want to have a better understanding of using financial statements in business decisions.
-- Understand and plan the working capital to support growth
-- Strengthen your partership with your lender

Topics include:
-- Identify opportunities and challenges with your balance sheet and income statement
-- Discuss proven ways to increase your company's cash flow
-- Apply breakeven analysis to improve decision making

Cost is $25 and includes workbook. No charge for Think Local First members and Fifth Third Bank customers.
 
All participants should register online:  Know Your Numbers
B2B Mixer at Bill's Beer Garden
8/5/2014 10:30:00 PM UTC - 8/6/2014 12:30:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Think Local First
Join fellow Think Local First members, the A2Y Chamber and other Ann Arbor entrepreneurs for a nice summer evening of networking and conversation on the topic of business to business opportunities at the Beer Garden. We'll have hors deuvres and a cash bar for this free event. It's good to get together! Sponsored by Ann Arbor State Bank.
Fairies! Fairies! Fairies! at the Sunday Artisan Market
8/4/2014 4:00:00 PM UTC - 8/4/2014 9:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: Think Local First
Dress your little fairies in their best wings and head down to the Sunday Artisan Market’s 4th Annual “Fairies at the Market” event. Participate in the Great Fairy Quest treasure hunt through the Artisan Market and Kerrytown Shops for enchanted objects and an invitation to the Fairy Princess reception. Join Fairyologist Jonathan Wright for an informative session on his research into Urban Fairies. Face-painting, fairy photo booth, and lots of crafts will round out activities. Sure to be a fairy fun day for the whole family! 
Five Ann Arbor Businesses Team for Room Makeover Contest
7/16/2014 2:00:00 PM UTC - 7/31/2014 10:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: Think Local First
Five local businesses active in the greater Ann Arbor community for years are teaming up to bring one lucky Washtenaw County resident a room makeover.

Anderson Paint, Ann Arbor Carpets, Delux Drapery, Top of the Lamp and Tribble Painting are accepting entries through July 31.

Participant Rules and Regulations:
Only one grand prize to be awarded. All entries must be received by July 31, 2014. The winner’s name will be drawn August 25, 2014. Winners name will be posted by August 29, 2014. Anderson Paint will supply Benjamin Moore Aura paint and related items, not to exceed $750 in retail value. Tribble Painting will supply labor to completely paint one room not exceeding 32 hours. Top of the Lamp will supply retail value up to, and not exceed $800 in lighting fixtures. Installation is not included and is the responsibility of the winner. Delux Drapery will supply installation and removal of any existing treatments, not exceeding retail value of $2000. Ann Arbor Carpet will supply flooring and installation not exceeding retail value of $2000. Must be 18 or older to enter contest. Participants can enter contest once at each location to increase odds of winning. Winners must reside within Washtenaw County. Details at each location or  andersonpaint.com
Historical Practices and Contemporary Native Art
7/27/2014 8:00:00 PM UTC - 7/27/2014 9:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: UMMA
Many of today’s Native artists draw on historical tribal practices for their contemporary art making. In this Conversation, U-M PhD candidate Kristine Ronan will highlight the intersection between the historical and the contemporary in an array of objects from the touring exhibition Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3. Comparing objects from the exhibition to some of UMMA’s permanent collections, we will especially consider how relating the past to the present might serve as political commentary for a number of today’s Native artists.

This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please register to secure your place by emailing umma-program-registration@umich.edu.

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation, 3: Contemporary Native Art from the Northeast and Southeast  is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibition catalogue is made possible in part with the support of the Smithsonian Institution’s Indigenous Contemporary Arts Program. Lead support for UMMA's installation is provided by the University of Michigan Health System, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the University of Michigan Office of the Provost. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Native American Studies Program, and the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund.
UMMA Fridays After 5
7/18/2014 10:00:00 PM UTC - 7/19/2014 1:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: UMMA
In response to visitor feedback, the Museum will stay open after 5 pm on select Fridays over the upcoming months. All of UMMA’s galleries and special exhibitions will remain open until 8 pm. As always, admission is free. 

UMMA Fridays After 5 is generously supported by Comerica Bank.
Robert Houle & Friends: Artist videos from Changing Hands
7/18/2014 10:00:00 PM UTC - 7/19/2014 1:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: UMMA
Please join us for a dynamic screening event in conjunction with the UMMA exhibition   of  Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3  on view until September 14, 2014.

Robert's Paintings ( 2011, Canada, 52 min) directed by visual artist and filmmaker Shelley Niro, examines the life and career of artist, curator, educator and cultural theorist Robert Houle. Niro’s beautiful and compelling documentary paints an intimate portrait of this hugely influential and important artist, widely recognized for his role in the recovery and re-contextualization of Canadian Indigenous heritage through art. The film's director Shelley Niro is a Mohawk member of the Six Nations of the Grand River and belongs to the Turtle Clan. Her work is also featured in the UMMA exhibition of  Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 .

Short format videos by fellow artists in the the  Changing Hands exhibition will follow (total 23 minutes):

The Gift  (2011, Canada, 2 min) by Terril Caulder 

Because of Who I Am  (2010, United States, 4 min) by Marcella A. Ernest

PowWowWow  (2011, Canada, 3:38 min) by Lisa Jackson

Algonquin  (2011, Canada, 4:39) by Travis Schilling 

Make Your Escape  (2010, Canada, 7:30 min) by Ehren Bearwitness Thomas

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 5 pm and 6:30 pm during UMMA's Fridays After 5.
Sundays, August 10 and September 14, 3:15 pm immediately following docent-led tours of the exhibition. Tours begin at 2 pm.
July 14th ~ Townie Party!
7/14/2014 10:00:00 PM UTC - 7/15/2014 2:30:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Think Local First
Join us Monday at the Original Ann Arbor Art Fair Townie Party!

Each year the Original Ann Arbor Art Fair hosts a party to thank the community for putting up with the over 500,000 people who visit the four art fairs. This party is always the Monday before the offical start of the Art Fairs that run from Wednesday through Saturday.

We love this party as it is all about the locals! Come find us in the Community Tent across from the fountain in Ingall's Mall. Say hello and pick up some free swag and the latest copy of the 2014 Resource Gudie with the Wastenaw Indie Award winners!
Guided Tour: An Eye on the Empire
6/8/2014 7:00:00 PM UTC - 6/29/2014 8:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: UMMA
Offered in conjunction with the University of Michigan’s winter theme semester entitled  India in the World , this exhibition, drawn from UMMA’s permanent collection, explores how the British colonial territories of India and Egypt were portrayed by early photographers working in those lands. Docents will introduce the work of these photographers, many of whom lived and worked in these territories.

This event will also be offered June 29th

Guided Tour: Engaging with Art
6/1/2014 6:00:00 PM UTC - 6/29/2014 7:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: UMMA
UMMA docents will guide visitors through the galleries on tours as diverse as their interests and areas of expertise. Each docent plans a theme and includes a variety of styles and media to illuminate his or her ideas. Themes may be repeated but each docent's approach and choice of objects is unique.
 
Event will also be offered June 22nd and June 29th
June 28th ~ 2014 Washtenaw Indie Awards Celebration
6/28/2014 11:00:00 PM UTC - 6/29/2014 3:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Think Local First
Washtenaw Indie Awards!
 
This is the communities opportunity to speak up and honor the small independently owned businesses that are the fabric of our community. If you have an opinion of who should be recognized as an exceptional business, this is your moment to nominate them! Here are the categories:
 
The Washtenaw Soul Award: A business that represents the unique spirit of Washtenaw County by celebrating diversity, creativity, is confident in their individuality and supports their community.

The Big Leap Award: A business that "took the leap" and successfully created a new idea, model, or solution despite all the risks. 
 
The Hidden Gem Award: This is a great business that is overlooked and more people should know about.
 
Community care award: This non-profit stands out for the clarity of its mission, the dedication of its volunteers, and its long-term impact to the citizens at large.
 
How Does This Work?
The Think Local First board of directors will consider all nominations and compile a list of finalists. A panel of local business experts will select the winners. Each category winner will be featured in a full page spread in the July issue of The Ann celebrating “Independents Month”.  Runners up will also be recognized in the magazine and all nominees will be celebrated at the tent party at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Winners and runners up will be announced on stage  at the festival on June 28th!  
Nominations are being accepted at the Think Local First website at this link, www.thinklocalfirst.net or by clicking here . Deadline is 5 pm on Friday May 16, 2014.
Spiritual Seminar
6/28/2014 3:00:00 PM UTC - 6/28/2014 7:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: Centers of Light
Spiritual Community: Why It Matters

Have you noticed how it is easier to meditate in a group, easier and more enjoyable to stay focused and relaxed when you are with a group of like-minded and like-hearted people? Gone are the days of living on mountaintops and deserted lands in order to reach spiritual attainment. Now the time has come to be in community, relating and working on ourselves through the work of relationship. God is inside each person and the goal is to know that God, love that God, and love through that God. Come and awaken to the gift spiritual community can have in your life and how to find the right one for you. You will be glad you did!
Storytime at the Museum
6/28/2014 4:15:00 PM UTC - 6/28/2014 4:45:00 PM UTC
Posted By: UMMA
Children ages four to seven are invited to hear a story in the galleries. Student docents and UMMA staff will bring art to life as they read stories related to the art on display and invite responses from our youngest patrons. Each story is followed by a short art activity. Parents must accompany children. Siblings are welcome to join the group.  
Spiritual Seminar
6/28/2014 12:30:00 AM UTC - 6/28/2014 2:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Centers of Light
Fear: Why We Are Afraid & The Path to Fearlessness

In a world of self-confidence, clarity, and peacefulness, how does fear creep in so easily? It is the seed of anger, confusion, and war. Come to this seminar and learn to fearlessly walk the way of freedom from all that has held you from becoming yourself.

Guided Tour: Design + Architecture
6/1/2014 7:00:00 PM UTC - 6/22/2014 8:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: UMMA
UMMA has assembled a choice group of domestic design objects in a new dedicated Design Gallery. Both design aficionados and novices will recognize some of the historic work on view. UMMA docents will introduce this exciting new installation to visitors along with one of a series of three exhibitions showcasing Michigan architects,  Three Michigan Architects.  On March 30, visitors will see  Part 1 - David Osler . Ann Arbor native and U-M alum David Osler's domestic, institutional, commercial, and civic buildings represent some of the most distinctive and recognizable modern architecture in Michigan. On April 20, visitors will explore  Part 2 - Robert Metalf . Metcalf designed houses and businesses for many of Detroit and Ann Arbor's most prominent citizens. His work is known for his careful attention to detail and for siting to maximize the light and view.

Event will also be offered June 22nd 
Family Art Studio: Changing Hands
6/21/2014 4:00:00 PM UTC - 6/21/2014 6:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: UMMA
Free. Pre-registration required at www.annarborartcenter.org or 734-926-4128

Create your own art project inspired by the exhibition of contemporary Native American artists in Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3. Designed for families with children ages 6-12 to experience art together, UMMA docents will lead families on an exploration of the exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop.

This workshop is offered in partnership with the Ann Arbor Art Center.

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation, 3: Contemporary Native Art from the Northeast and Southeast is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibition catalogue is made possible in part with the support of the Smithsonian Institution’s Indigenous Contemporary Arts Program. Lead support for UMMA's installation is provided by the University of Michigan Health System, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the University of Michigan Office of the Provost. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Native American Studies Program, and the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund.

A Second session for this event will be offered from 2 pm - 4 pm

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3
6/15/2014 7:00:00 PM UTC - 6/15/2014 8:30:00 PM UTC
Posted By: UMMA
The art in this major traveling exhibition celebrates the richness and diversity of contemporary Native and First Nations art. The artists in  Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3  interpret and redefine such traditional media as basketry, beadwork, textiles, wood, metalwork and stone, as well as look to contemporary media such as video, photography, and performance and installation art. Join UMMA docents for an exploration of this compelling exhibition. 
Pleasures of the Floating World of Yoshiwara (1615-1858)
6/15/2014 6:00:00 PM UTC - 6/15/2014 7:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: UMMA
UMMA docents will guide visitors through the galleries on tours as diverse as their interests and areas of expertise. Each docent plans a theme and includes a variety of styles and media to illuminate his or her ideas. Themes may be repeated but each docent's approach and choice of objects is unique.
June 14th ~ Josh White at The Ark!
6/15/2014 1:00:00 AM UTC - 6/15/2014 3:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Think Local First
A folk legend and a unique local resource Josh White Jr. describes himself as a secular, folk/blues, pop, jazz vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, actor, adult and children's concert performer and recording artist, teacher, and social activist. He carries forward the musical legacy of his father, who brought a taste of the blues to New York's folk scene and then to the whole world in the 1930s and 1940s. Josh Jr. grew up performing on stage with his father, and he can take you back to personal encounters with the likes of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Langston Hughes, Paul Robeson, Bojangles, Leadbelly, Joe Louis, Woody Guthrie, Billie Holiday, Pete Seeger, Dorothy Gish, Burl Ives, Odetta, Miriam Makeba, and Nina Simone. He has continued to record music ranging from folk to country to kids' music, and his most latest, "Tuning for the Blues," delved into some classics of the blues genre. Josh White Jr. is a longtime resident of southeastern Michigan and a real local resource.

Buy your tickets for $20 at this link!
the Scrap Box 2d. Annual Warehouse Sale
6/14/2014 2:00:00 PM UTC - 6/14/2014 7:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: The Scrap Box
The non-profit Scrap Box Second Annual Warehouse sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 14 from 9am to 2pm at our Ann Arbor warehouse. It is both a sale and fundraiser for the Scrap Box.

“The Scrap Box is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization whose mission is to promote creativity and sustainability by providing inexpensive recycled materials and teaching eco-friendly ways to recycle”.

The Warehouse Sale is aimed more at adult artists, makers and crafters, though children are welcome!
June 13th ~ The Mayor's Green Fair
6/13/2014 11:00:00 PM UTC - 6/14/2014 2:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Think Local First
The 14th annual Mayor's Green Fair on Main Street is
Friday, June 13, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m. During the annual Green Fair, Downtown Main Street will be open to pedestrians for free entertainment and over 100 exhibits with local environmental information and  hands-on activities for youth. Along with our booth you'll find: Environmental Leaders, a Clean Energy Expo, Green Commuting Options, WasteKnot Business Partners, and more.

Come find us and pick up some free swag! No matter that the wether is, WE WILL BE THERE RAIN OR SHINE!
David Sedaris at Literati Bookstore!
6/11/2014 10:00:00 PM UTC - 6/11/2014 11:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: Think Local First
Save the Date: David Sedaris will be at Literati on 06/11! Yep. You read that right! He will be  IN-STORE! Not at a huge auditorium or an oversized events hall. He will be right downtown in our store at 124 E. Washington! We can't tell you how excited we are for this event. Since this will be the biggest event of the year for our bookstore, we wanted to send you, our loyal customers, the announcement first. Here are some details: - Since we are hosting David in our store (not off-site) -- space is limited for the reading portion of the event. This will be a one-of-a-kind, intimate reading. That said, not everyone will get to attend the reading, BUT EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO MEET DAVID CAN. After the reading, there will be a separate signing line where David will sign his books. - Though tickets to the reading itself are limited, we’ll also have a general signing line open to the public, after the reading, no purchase necessary. David will be happy to meet with and sign for everyone who comes out. So even if you don't get tickets to the reading, you can meet David! More details to follow.  We can't wait to see you there!
Guided Tour: American History through Art: Engaging with Art
6/8/2014 6:00:00 PM UTC - 6/8/2014 7:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: UMMA
UMMA docents will guide visitors through the galleries on tours as diverse as their interests and areas of expertise. Each docent plans a theme and includes a variety of styles and media to illuminate his or her ideas. Themes may be repeated but each docent's approach and choice of objects is unique.
Motawi Tileworks Open House Sale June 7
6/7/2014 3:00:00 PM UTC - 6/7/2014 8:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: Motawi Tileworks
Come to our Summer Open House Sale at Motawi Tileworks on Saturday, June 7th from 10:00am-3:00pm! For one day, in-store only, customers can get our perfectly imperfect art tiles for 25% off retail and field tile overruns will be offered at 85% off retail! We've also got lots of new designs and colorways this year, including our very popular Charley Harper by Motawi based on the work by the beloved minimal realistic artist.

Family Fun All Day Long! ---------- * Our popular make-a-tile workshop * Exciting hand-pressing and bulb-glazing demonstrations * Yummy free snacks * New this year...food carts!  Pilar's Tamales and Grand Dogs Hot Dogs will be available for purchase * Fascinating presentations by Nawal Motawi
In Conversation: Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3
6/1/2014 8:00:00 PM UTC - 6/1/2014 9:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: UMMA
This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please register to secure your place by emailing  umma-program-registration@umich.edu .

The art in this major traveling exhibition celebrates the richness and diversity of contemporary Native and First Nations art. Join Curator for Museum Teaching and Learning, Pamela Reister, for an exploration of this compelling exhibition. The artists in Changing Hands interpret and redefine such traditional media as basketry, beadwork, textiles, wood, metalwork and stone, as well as look to contemporary media such as video, photography, and performance and installation art. The variety of media is matched by the span of themes that include the natural and spiritual worlds as sources of inspiration; the reinterpretation of traditions; and the often politically charged issue of cultural assimilation.
Storytime at the Museum
5/31/2014 4:15:00 PM UTC - 5/31/2014 4:45:00 PM UTC
Posted By: UMMA
Children ages four to seven are invited to hear a story in the galleries. Student docents and UMMA staff will bring art to life as they read stories related to the art on display and invite responses from our youngest patrons. Each story is followed by a short art activity. Parents must accompany children. Siblings are welcome to join the group.  
Our Annual "50% Off EVERYTHING" Memorial Day Sale!
5/26/2014 2:00:00 PM UTC - 5/26/2014 10:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop
It's Our Annual "50% Off EVERYTHING" Memorial Day Sale!

Monday, May 26th
9am to 5pm 

Listen to annarbor's107one's broadcast from our shop from 11-1!

We'll be closed on Sunday, May 25th.  
Enjoy Sunday with friends and family.  Shop (and save) with us on Monday!

*No coupons or other discounts accepted during the sale.  
**No Donations accepted during sale -- please donate on another day!  

SHOP, SAVE & SUPPORT AAPS!  
All proceeds of the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop support the Ann Arbor Public Schools and its students enrichment.
Guided Tour: Engaging With Art
5/25/2014 6:00:00 PM UTC - 5/25/2014 7:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: UMMA
UMMA docents will guide visitors through the galleries on tours as diverse as their interests and areas of expertise. Each docent plans a theme and includes a variety of styles and media to illuminate his or her ideas. Themes may be repeated but each docent's approach and choice of objects is unique.
Join Reconsider and Unity Vibration for a Tasting TONIGHT!
5/13/2014 11:00:00 PM UTC - 5/14/2014 1:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Reconsider