Collaboration in Practice

ConFabCafés are intentional networking/workshopping opportunities for U-M faculty interested in interdisciplinary teaching, research projects, collaborative practice, and community impact.  In partnering with other campus units, and, at times, other Universities, we also extend the collaborative reach of the scholarship and research of our North campus scholarly practitioners, and the impact they can have on campus and beyond. 

ConfabCafé topics for the 2017-2018 academic year tentatively include:

  • Practice & Research (co-hosted with the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design)
  • Preview of Edge Effects (a new peer reviewed platform for collaborative interdisciplinary projects and research) and the a2ru SPARC Repository (Supporting Practice in the Arts, Research and Curricula), supported by the Mellon Foundation.
  • Workshop for Engaging in Collaborative Practice
  • Creative Placemaking (co-hosted with The Ginsberg Center)
    • Resources including presentations, attendee list, agenda, and supplemental materials available HERE.
    • The ConFabCafé Creative Placemaking Grant is offered by the Ginsberg Center and ArtsEngine at the University of Michigan to support collaborative, university-community projects that stem from the Creative Placemaking ConFabCafé. Grants of up to $1,000 per year are offered, though additional funds may be awarded for projects with unusual scope and increased community benefit. This grant is offered on a rolling basis. Applicants will be contacted within 2 weeks of application submission with either a review committee decision or requests for additional information. To apply, click HERE.

Recommendations for topics around which you or your department may be interested in convening faculty, within and beyond your school or college, in order to promote, support, and explore new interdisciplinary collaborations may be made to


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