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Meet Ann Arbor's Makers

By: Lish Dorset

Mixtape dance parties. Library sewing labs. Politically incorrect papier-mâché. No matter the medium, Ann Arbor is a creative destination and home to makers, crafters and artists of all kinds.

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When it comes to the best mixtape party in town, look no further than The Bang! For the past 15 years, founders and mixtape DJs Jeremy Wheeler and Jason Gibner have been keeping party goers going with an eclectic music mix during their regular dance parties. Pair the party's over-the-top themes with elaborate props and sets built by the duo and their team and The Bang! still remains one of the not-to-be-missed events in Ann Arbor.

Photo by Doug Coombe, courtesty of The Bang!

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For more than 100 years the Ann Arbor Art Center has been inspring art lovers of all ages and abilities to be creative. From classes to exhibitions, the center strives to provide cultural learning opportunities for the city's residents.

Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor Art Center

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For a week in July each year, the streets of downtown Ann Arbor are turned into outdoor gallery spaces for the annual Ann Arbor Art Fair. More than 500,000 attendees flood the streets as they enjoy a collection of art fairs.

Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor Art Fair

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Inside of a 14,000-square-foot building in Ann Arbor resides Maker Works, a member-driven workshop. Offering studio spaces in metal, wood, circuits and craft, Maker Works provides its members with the chance to utilize is resources to build and experiment. Whether you're an artist or own a small business, Maker Works helps you gain access to equipment and resources that are sometimes hard for one indvidual to obtain on their own.

Photo courtesy of Maker Works

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