painting http://michiganradio.org en Volunteers paint Ann Arbor schools http://michiganradio.org/post/volunteers-paint-ann-arbor-schools <p>Gene Firn is the founder of Paint for Kids, an Ann Arbor-based organization that mobilizes parents and community volunteers to paint schools.</p><p>Firn, who teaches a DIY painting class, was looking for practice walls for his students when he learned that the Ann Arbor school system doesn&#39;t have a painting department. He&nbsp;thought he could help, so he submitted a proposal.</p><p>The concept is simple: an experienced painter supervises parent volunteers as they transform hallways and classrooms over holiday weekends.</p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Christina Shockley spoke with Firn, who said that Paint for Kids fulfills the needs of local schools, but also attempts to create a culture of volunteering.</p><p> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 05:06:35 +0000 Christina Shockley & What's Working 5077 at http://michiganradio.org Volunteers paint Ann Arbor schools Painting Detroit’s vacancy http://michiganradio.org/post/painting-detroit%E2%80%99s-vacancy <p>Detroit’s empty buildings are the focus of an art exhibit at the Northville Art House.</p><p>Erik Olson is a painter and teaches at the College for Creative Studies. His <a href="http://www.erikedwinolson.com/index.php">portraits</a> include an old, brick home in the middle of a field, caving in on itself. And an empty house warmed by the morning sun.</p><p>Olson says his message is that these empty buildings are here, and will probably remain for awhile. &nbsp;He also thinks Americans could take a cue from Europeans.</p> Sat, 15 Jan 2011 21:12:42 +0000 Kyle Norris 900 at http://michiganradio.org Painting Detroit’s vacancy Artists profile the route between Toledo & Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/artists-profile-route-between-toledo-detroit <p><span _fck_bookmark="1" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Three female artists have spent two years road-tripping around the small, often rural towns between Toledo and Detroit. They&#39;ve talked to anyone they met.</p><p>Martine MacDonald is one of the artists. She says,<em> &ldquo;People have a deep connection to the area in which they live and work.&quot; <span _fck_bookmark="1" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></em>She also says the people they&#39;ve met have been incredibly open and willing to share their stories with the artists.</p> Sun, 07 Nov 2010 19:57:35 +0000 Kyle Norris 288 at http://michiganradio.org Artists profile the route between Toledo & Detroit