Started in 1960, the Ann Arbor Art Fair didn’t always attract over 500,000 visitors, like it does now. The Art Fair itself is an entrepreneurial venture & it is also one of the most beautiful displays of entrepreneurship & talent I have seen in Ann Arbor. Each booth represents an entrepreneur…someone is behind that hand done watercolor or that collapsable beach hat. Even the food booths have some entrepreneurial story behind them.
If you don’t want to be a hypocrite, stop dissing the Art Fair, yet claiming you want to see more entrepreneurs in Michigan. Because for a few days a year, Ann Arbor is home to one of the largest concentrations of entrepreneurs at any given time. These entrepreneurs are from all around the world. Their pitch isn’t verbal, not always. It doesn’t need to be. It’s visual. It’s the captive image in the photograph. It’s the feel of the smooth pottery. The scent of the ethnic foods filling the streets. The way the crushable hat fits your slightly sunburned head. The sound of the musical instrument you have not ever heard before. Take a look for yourself…
Since this year’s Art Fair concluded this evening you have a year to reflect on whether or not you’ll support next year’s exposition of entrepreneurs in Ann Arbor.
mel, the venture gal