Hi all,

Arts and culture enrich our lives and economies. In Michigan alone, they contributed over $18 billion and 120,000 jobs in 2022. From murals in hometowns to renowned museums in new cities, these assets offer both beauty and economic value.

Yet, their significance transcends monetary worth. Summer festivals animate public spaces, poetry empowers students, and crafts preserve heritage. Art reveals our identity, history, and social ties.

Despite their importance, local arts coverage has dwindled, stifling awareness and investment. At IMG, we prioritize reporting on these initiatives, showcasing their impact on communities. For instance, Input Fort Wayne’s series fosters offline connections among artists, while Concentrate raises awareness of Washtenaw County’s vibrant arts scene. Similarly, Second Wave Southwest Michigan highlights hidden gems and social practice artists.

As you explore these stories, reflect on how supporting arts coverage can amplify creativity, shape local identity, and foster community cohesion.

Thanks for your attention and partnership,
Brian and Paul
Issue Media Group 

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A Creative Midwest Media Cohort

Input Fort Wayne joins the inaugural Creative Midwest Media Cohort, collaborating with nine other publications to showcase emerging artists in northeast Indiana, particularly focusing on Black, Indigenous, and rural creatives.

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A Coalition for Arts Supporters

In Concentrate, a coalition of funders, including major county art institutions and local philanthropists Larry and Lucie Nisson, supports dialogue and awareness of Washtenaw County’s arts scene, including a freeform electronic music night and a photo essay chronicling the colorful annual FestiFools parade.

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Art in Rural Places

Art plays a vital role in rural areas, fostering community bonds and revitalizing spaces. Small communities across Michigan have created art alleys, art and sculpture gardens, put up statues, and painted murals on buildings, streets and even basketball courts.  Across Michigan, towns embrace art to beautify and create a sense of belonging, supported by various organizations like Michigan State University Extension.

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Social Practice Art

Southwest Michigan Second Wave explores a unique arts angle, focusing on solutions and connecting with local artist Maya James, delving into "social practice art" and featuring Nicole Lee's story.    

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Through a coalition of community partners, Issue Media Group publishes weekly journalism covering sustainability, transportation, arts and culture, talent, design, neighborhood growth and revitalization, small businesses and entrepreneurship, and social innovation.

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