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New series explores power of art to connect and transform us

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The series will feature stories of people who have used art to grow and heal.

At its core, art is about connecting with other people — whether that’s in an art gallery, a concert hall, or an afterschool program. Over the next five weeks, Stateside will bring you a series of intimate, first-person stories about how creative expression brings us closer to other people, the community around us, and ourselves. 

You’ll hear from a woman who found comfort in jewelry-making after the sudden death of her husband, from a young man in Benton Harbor whose glassblowing class helped him grow as an artist and as a person, and more.

The Creating Connection Michigan series is produced byLong Haul Productions, and is part of a national initiative to make arts and culture part of everyday life. The project is funded by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Tune into Stateside every Tuesday to hear how people across the state are using the arts to create meaning and connection in their lives. 

Stateside is produced daily by a dedicated group of producers and production assistants. Listen daily, on-air, at 3 and 8 p.m., or subscribe to the daily podcast wherever you like to listen.