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Around Town: New Maps Take You On A Tour Of Ypsilanti Street Art, Prompt Reflection

Around Town: New Maps Take You On A Tour Of Ypsilanti Street Art, Prompt Reflection

Map design by Emily Considine

Three new walking tours from UMMA and YpsiWrites, a nonprofit community writing center, invite you to explore street art found throughout Ypsilanti neighborhoods. In addition to showcasing unique and varied locations across town, each map includes themed writing prompts for reflection and creativity. 

The maps are available to pick up, for free, at two Ypsilanti District Library locations (see below). The first 200 participants will also receive a free writing journal to use alongside the maps’ writing prompts. 

Pick up the maps at these YDL locations:

YDL-Whittaker
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 482-4110
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YDL-Michigan
229 W Michigan Ave
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 482-4110
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Downtown Ypsilanti

Location highlight - Riverside Arts

As you look at the cord tapestry and hanging sculpture of the yellow chairs, think about how sometimes we feel stuck. Write an encouraging letter to yourself or someone else who might feel tied in knots. How could you get yourself or them moving again?

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Depot Town

Location highlight - Cultivate Coffee Shop

As you look at Cultivate, notice the mural's shapes and colors. How do they make you feel? Then, look at the street signs: Why do you think they named this Photo Street?

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Eastern Michigan University

Location highlight: MLK Garden Images

The bust in this garden and the tablets on the brick wall represent Martin Luther King, Jr., a civil rights activist who inspired many to stand up for justice. Who inspires you? Write a letter to this person or write about a cause that you are passionate about. 

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Read about this project in MLive

Hear from YpsiWrites and UMMA staff about how the project came to be. 

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Program Support

This program is developed in partnership with YpsiWrites, a nonprofit community writing center, the Ypsilanti District Library, and Ypsilanti Community Schools. 
Map Designer: Emily Considine
Volunteers: Diane Winder, Beth Sabo, Angela Knight, Amy Wright, Pam McCombs, Azim Rattansi, Katie Dudek