Meet Your Federal Arts Advocacy Captain

Deb Polich

Deb Polich champions the arts + creative industries in her professional, volunteer and personal life. She holds a degree in arts management and business from Eastern Michigan University (EMU) and has 30+ years of executive arts management experience in the fields of administration and finance, theater, performing arts, presenting and producing, visual art,  museums, arts & creative education, project management, public art and design, community development, local, state and national arts advocacy, film exhibition, film festivals, tour management, data collection and research plus a handful of other quirky areas.

She has served as the president/CEO of two arts + creative nonprofits: Artrain, since 1993 and Creative Washtenaw since 2013. Under Polich’s leadership, Artrain received the National Medal of Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities and demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to community service. Polich is the host of the creative:impact on NPR station 89.1 WEMU FM. She serves on the Michigan Works! Southeast, EMU’s Masters of Public Administration boards, is the Michigan arts advocacy state captain for Americans for the Arts and on the National Small Business Association leadership council. She is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Michigan and EMU. 

Favorite Art Form: Theatre, Film, Music

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