1. Art Fair returns as U-M reopens museums, galleries, gardens reopen to the public

    Mark Rivett posted July 14, 2021

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    Recently lifted restrictions, however, will allow for art lovers to once again fill the streets of Ann Arbor for the AAAF, which runs July 15–17.

    A Midwest tradition that draws close to half a million attendees over four days in July each year for browsing and shopping, it is the largest juried art fair in the nation. The AAAF comprises three independently juried, nonprofit art fairs that run consecutively: Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original; Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair; and Ann Arbor State Street Art Fair. This year’s fair will feature nearly 1,000 artists and a footprint spanning 30 city blocks in downtown Ann Arbor, extending onto the University of Michigan’s campus.

    The return of the 2021 AAAF coincides with the reopening of several U-M museums, galleries and other public spaces on campus, including the conservatory and display gardens at Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

    Though U-M welcomes art fair visitors back to campus, they are encouraged to plan ahead this year, as many of our public museums and spaces are still operating at limited capacity, requiring advance registration and health screenings upon arrival. This updated list offers information on COVID-19 protocols for recently reopened spaces.


  2. Ford School assists American Heart Association of Southeastern Michigan on ‘Tobacco in Schools’ policies

    Mark Rivett posted July 13, 2021

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    Two Ford School student fellows have been selected to work with the American Heart Association (AHA) of Metro Detroit to identify best practices for reducing tobacco usage among high school student populations. AHA, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, has partnered with the Ford School of Public Policy to assist in the research and development of Michigan’s ‘Tobacco in Schools’ policies.

    Brenna Gross (BA ‘22) and Arron McDonald (BA ‘22) have been selected as U-M student Tobacco in School Elimination fellows and are working together to examine best practices and current research to identify ways to reduce tobacco use among student populations. Gross and McDonald work under the direct supervision of DeAndre’ J. Calvert, Community Engagement Manager at the Ford School’s Program in Practical Policy Engagement’s (P3E) and AHA’s Community Impact Director Michael Randall.

    Randall says, “The partnership with the Ford School is invaluable to our efforts to ensure public schools in Michigan are supporting students suffering from tobacco and vaping addiction. Brenna and Arron bring a fresh perspective to our work and have been essential to our strategy as it relates to engaging schools and providing policy recommendations. I look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come.”

    LaSonia Forte, Associate Director of State Outreach, launched this collaboration between the American Heart Association and the Ford School of Public Policy.


  3. U-M’s Economic Growth Institute joins effort to ease disruption from nuclear facility closure

    Mark Rivett posted July 1, 2021

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    Like many regions across the country, southwestern Michigan is preparing for the closure of a nuclear power facility, the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant.

    The impact of this transition on a community can lead to reduced tax base, lost employment, reduction in services and an unused site. The Economic Growth Institute at the University of Michigan and local partners are responding to craft a new vision, strategy and plan that will lower the risk for and severity of such outcomes while driving renewal and growth after the facility’s planned closing next year.

    EGI is working alongside Kinexus Group in partnership with the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission to tackle this transition. The SWMPC views the effort as an opportunity for its counties along Lake Michigan to take stock of the region’s many assets and collaborate on a plan of action.

    EGI’s resources and expertise will support the community as they chart their economic future. This will include research and community engagement to drive the development of an economic recovery strategy ahead of the closure of the nuclear facility. Facilitating inclusive planning, EGI will create a blueprint for recovery.

    Steven B. Wilson; Senior Research Program Officer, Director of Innovation Services and Associate Director of the Economic Growth Institute at the University of Michigan

    “We are excited to be part of this partnership and really commend the local leaders in southwestern Michigan for being proactive in their planning to reduce the impacts of this plant closure on the communities and businesses,” said EGI Director Steve Wilson. “If not addressed, the region could face significant losses. We are looking forward to engaging with community stakeholders to ensure a successful strategy is defined and implemented to keep the region vibrant.”

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