Local artists to feature on summer banners in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti


ANN ARBOR, Mich. – This summer the work of more than 25 local artists will hang high above the ground on 60 billboard-sized banners around Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

Tree Town-based non-profit organization, Embracing Our Differences SE Michigan, will hang up the banners to celebrate diversity in Washtenaw County.

Adult and youth artists chosen for the exhibit were selected by a panel of judges and will join 45 artists from across the world in the county-wide art installation.

The project is part of Embracing Our Differences’ goals to combine art and education to promote community diversity.

Community members can check out the banners at Leslie Science & Nature Center and Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, and Riverside and Parkridge parks in Ypsilanti once they are installed.

“Choosing the artists to feature this year is an exciting next step forward to achieving our mission of promoting diversity through public creative expression,” said Embracing Our Differences SE Michigan founder Nancy Margolis.

“The works are all stunning and thought-provoking, and we know the community will find them compelling. We are excited for this opportunity to bring people together through art and also contribute an additional experience to visitors of these four already lovely outdoor spaces.”

The larger-than-life installation will kick off with a Gala Grand Opening at 1 p.m. in Gallup Park on May 14, and run through September.

Here are the selected artists:

· A.D Foster
· Lauren Magda
· Amanda May Moore
· Emily Mills
· Robin & Ellen Wilt
· Curtis Wallace
· Susan Clinthorne
· James Patrick Lee
· Asha Jordan
· Sabrina Kliza
· Zakiya Newell
· T’onna Clemons
· Dana Love
· Claire E. Furio
· Annie Poorman
· Torrance W. Hinton
· Tessneem Saleh
· Emeline Jayne McVay Cona
· Barbara Bach
· Keairra Townsend
· Vivian Hills
· Tai Azzaro
· Jannath Junu
· Nerrance Connor
· James Johnson
· Raneem Selah
· Katrina Fortenberry
· Zerrick Lindsey
· Noah Tomlin

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