City council unanimously voted to put a .1% mil tax on the November 6 ballot that would change the method of funding for public art. According to the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission (AAPAC), the governing body which gives final approval for public art works, the millage will garner around $450,000 annually and only be in place from 2013-2016. Basically, the millage will replace the city’s current Percent for Art program, and provide more flexibility for the AAPAC to commission public works. Under the Percent for Art program stipulations projects must be permanent and located on public land. These requirements will prevent the use of options such as performance art and temporary installations. Many individuals and organizations in the arts community including the Arts Alliance have expressed support for the millage. If the millage does not pass, then the Percent for Art program will remain. There are several projects either in development or under construction through the current program. Notable projects nearly completed are Dreiseitl sculpture project in front of City Hall, and the shelter mural project at Allmendinger Park. For more information on the millage and current and future AAPAC projects visit www.ci.ann-arbor.mi.us. —JG
Domino’s Pizza and Arbor Research are both launching new office building projects at Domino’s Farms. Domino’s Pizza is creating a 33,000-square-foot building on the north side of Domino’s Farms, expanding to their current space. Arbor Research is creating a new 49,500-square-foot headquarters building on the east side of Domino’s Farms. Both buildings should be completed
On Tuesday, November 6th, Michigan became the 10th state to legalize cannabis for recreational use. Ten years ago, we had become the 13th state to legalize Cannabis for medical use. I voted for the medical cannabis law years ago because, in my view, cannabis is not a dangerous product, and too many people were being imprisoned for its use. At that time, however, I did not subscribe to the argument that there were legitimate medical uses for cannabis. How things have changed.
The Tiny Expo is a gem of an indie arts and crafts fair for vendors with original and unexpected products that make wonderful gifts but may not be an obvious fit for Ann Arbor’s mainstream art fairs. Shoppers who crave artistic, high quality products with diverse price points will find a rich variety of unique, handmade products to choose from.
Formerly long-vacant buildings in Downtown Ypsilanti are experiencing revitalization as small businesses and nonprofits are rapidly filling up spaces. Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP), a nonprofit organization that, “provides access to the justice systems for those that need it most,” recently purchased the Smith Furniture building at 15 S Washington Street which became their headquarters. Decode