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The inaugural ypsiGLOW was a HUGE success! We teamed up with 69 community leaders and creatives to fill Downtown Ypsilanti with creativity, light, and community-wide celebration.
This summer, we have been meeting with partners (old and new!) and securing funding for ypsiGLOW 2017. Now it is time to convene again as a community to share what we have learned from last year and how we plan to make this year even brighter!
Please join us here in the RAC Off Center at one of two Community Partner Meetings:
Thursday, Sept 7 @ 6:30-8:30 pm
Sunday, Sept 10 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pM
Bring your ideas! Plenty of whiteboard space and food will be provided.
Are you an artist, performer, dancer, musician, or creative?
Participate in the ypsiGlow Call for Artists
FLY Children’s Art Center
FLY moved into the Off Center in April 2016. They hold workshops, camps, and events for children. They also do First Friday events with the We Are Ypsi partnership. They have lots of workshops and camps planned throughout the summer. Explore the Fly Website for complete descriptions.
Ypsilanti Youth Theater
YYT became the Youth Theater Company in Residence in the RAC Off Center in February 2016. YYT offers a safe space and a structure within which young people (ages 8-18) can create and participate in quality performance pieces and explore a variety of drama and theater techniques. Through drama, young people can learn to work cooperatively — with each child bringing his or her own uniqueness to the group. Learn more about this program on the YYT Website.
We Are Ypsi
We Are Ypsi (WAY) is a new cultural partnership between Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Bright Futures program and Art Department, and Ypsilanti Community Schools (YCS). Students, families, community members and staff are invited to collaborate and present projects to attendees during First Friday events and other event dates.
This project is being funded by Office of the President, EMU and being facilitated by the Office of Academic Service-Learning and Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Community, School of Music and Dance and its Art Department in partnership with Ypsilanti Community Schools.
Programming will include a myriad of visual, performing, musical and ongoing projects produced by students in Ypsilanti Community Schools and Eastern Michigan University as well as community members in an effort to enliven ties between the City and campus population. Learn more about this program.