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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

The application period for A2CA 2020 closed December 14, 2019.

A2CA 2020 runs Wednesday nights from 6:30 until 9:00 p.m.  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. 

If you are interested in participating in Ann Arbor Citizens Academy 2021 (A2CA 2021), and are 18 years of age or older, please fill out the A2CA Interest Form. You will be contacted when planning for the 2021 program is underway. *Please stay tuned as we evaluate the feasibility of conducting the 2021 program during the pandemic.

Participant Photographs

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


                           (Photograph by Jonah Copi, 2018 A2CA Graduate)

Ann Arbor Citizens Academy

Robert Mulcihy

Academy Coordinator

(734) 794-6000 Ext. 41413