Washtenaw youth showcase art in empty storefronts

YPSILANTI, Mich. (WXYZ) - Original art pieces by Washtenaw County youth will brighten up empty store windows throughout downtown Ypsilanti. The "Arts in Storefronts" program was created to help boost the downtown atmosphere and push towards the renting of vacant properties.

The program allows for youth to get involved in building a positive future for their community while highlighting their artistic talents.

Stewart Beal, the property manager, says the program brings visual attention to the storefront and an increased interest in the properties for sale. The sponsors of the program have designed an eye-catching lease sign in exchange for allowing the youth to showcase their art in the window.

The program's work is seen as a positive for the entire community. The youth artists are able to showcase their artwork while bringing attention to leasing signs. The art installations will hopefully draw in investors and expand to other downtown communities around the area.

For more information about this program you can contact the program leads:

Tony VanDerworp, Eastern Leaders Group Director at 734-891-8449, vanderworpa@ewashtenaw.org

Tim Colbeck, Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority Director at 734-482-1410, tcolbeck@ypsilantidda.org.

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