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About the Ann Arbor Citizens Academy

With the success of the Ann Arbor Citizens Police, Fire, and Courts Academy, City staff decided to launch the Ann Arbor Citizens Academy (A2CA) as a sister academy. A2CA provides a broader view of local government for Ann Arbor residents and deepens participants'  understanding of governmental functions and services.

During a series of weekly sessions, participants connect with City staff and officials in order to discover what goes into both long term planning and day-to-day operations throughout Ann Arbor. City staff hopes participants will be motivated to play a more active role in shaping the future of Ann Arbor, after participating in A2CA tours, presentations, and interactive activities in classes throughout Ann Arbor.​

A2CA Graduates are currently serving on the City Council, Municipal Water System Advisory Council, City Planning Commission, Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, as Election Inspectors, and are involved in other programs and projects throughout the City.

Applying to the Ann Arbor Citizens Academy

If you are interested in participating in Ann Arbor Citizens Academy 2020 (A2CA 2020), and are 18 years of age or older, please fill out the A2CA Interest Form. It is possible to be selected, by simply filling out this form, but participating in the photo scavenger-hunt will increase your odds.

A2CA 2020 runs Wednesday nights from 6:30 until 9:00 p.m., starting January 22, 2020 and concluding March 18, 2019.  The application process is scored and includes both the interest form and a photo scavenger-hunt, which encourages applicants to explore and reflect on what they enjoy about the City. 

Applicants participating in the photo scavenger-hunt will take photographs with the people and places listed below and share the photographs with the City, by emailing photos to before the close of the application period.

Please limit the total email file size to 25MB or less, include A2CA 2020 in the subject line, and identify photographs when submitting.

A2CA 2020 Photo Objectives:

  • Any event listed on the City's Calendar
  • Your favorite City park or the oldest City park in Ann Arbor
  • Your favorite bridge or your favorite public art installation
  • A solar installation in Ann Arbor
  • A City police officer or firefighter
  • The tallest monument at Fairview Cemetery
  • Your favorite downtown building or space in Ann Arbor
  • Your polling place or the oldest continuously operating polling place used by Ann Arbor voters

Applications, including interest forms and photo submissions will be accepted for A2CA 2020 until Saturday, December 14, 2019.

Participant Selection

Applications will be accepted until Saturday, December 14, 2019. When the application period closes, applicants with the highest score are invited to attend A2CA 2020.

  • Applicants earn 10 points for identifying two issues they feel the City should address while completing the A2CA Interest Form.
  • Applicants earn 5 points for each photo challenge objective completed.

Only those 18 years of age and order will be admitted. In the event of tie scores, preference will be given to earlier applicants. If the number of applicants exceeds 25, preference will be given to residents of Ann Arbor regardless of points.

Participant Photographs

Public Works Session Tour​                           (Photograph by Jonah Copi,  2018​ A2CA Graduate)


                           (Photograph by Jonah Copi, 2018 A2CA Graduate)

Ann Arbor Citizens Academy

Kelly Beattie

Academy Coordinator

(734) 794-6000 Ext. 41413