Alize Asberry Payne was named Washtenaw County’s first-ever Racial Equity Officer in July, a position that was created after county commissioners passed Washtenaw’s racial equity ordinance. Payne, with over 20 years of experience in community organizing and programming, mostly in San Francisco but for the last three years in Detroit, will be tasked with “address(ing) racial inequities within our organization and its services,” according to the County Administrator. Payne explained that her strategy will focus on “collective accountability,” equipping the people most directly affected by an issue to take leadership roles. Within her first six months on the job, she said she will complete a community assessment and start work on a five-year plan towards eliminating racial discrimination and geographical disparity in Washtenaw County.
By K.A. Letts We expect public art— all those fountains, sculptures and murals— to express our civic soul, our collective values and our aspirations, providing visual relief from right angles and concrete. Ann Arbor’s PowerArt!, an ongoing project sponsored by the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, The Arts Alliance
by Jeff Milo Music forges connections. And with an artist like Tyler Duncan spending the last 15 years in the producer’s chair for albums by Michigan-based artists, music cultivates versatility. Ann Arbor-based Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist composer/producer, Tyler Duncan’s fall/winter slate of production/writing-contribution credits include the forthcoming debut album by singer/songwriter Madeline Grant, followed by new releases
Swizzille Trip will take Ann Arbor on a dreamy, unhinged sonic ride Friday night. The Detroit psych-rock trio will host “Psychedelic Friday” with Detroit Trouble, The Kenny Hill Group, Frame 42 and XLR8 at The Blind Pig. It will be a far-out musical journey filled with trippy, poppy and down-home blues-rock fitting for a Labor