ConFabCafés

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. 

Stamps Gallery Ping Pong Tournament 
Friday, November 9, 2018
4:30-6:30 pm
Stamps Gallery (201 S. Division)

For this ConFabCafé, people from across the university will come together at Stamps Gallery to enjoy conversation, refreshments, and a game of Ping Pong on Buster Simpson’s (MFA ’69) interactive installation, entitled Prussian Blue (Ping Pong Table). This is part of Have We Met? Dialogues on Memory and Desire, on view through November 18, 2018. This event is free and open to the public.


Art/Sci Student Residency Program Development
Friday, January 25, 2019
12:00-1:30pm
Duderstadt Center, room 3358B

The Art/Sci Student Residency program offers unique opportunities designed to encourage interdisciplinary learning and creative production by exposing students to life and work in an alternate discipline’s maker space – i.e. the artist in the engineering lab, the engineer in the artist’s studio or performance space. Each residency comes with a cash prize and the expectation that a work of some kind will be produced as a response to experience. Hear from professor Mark Moldwin and students who have participated in his Art/Sci Student Residency program and explore how ArtsEngine can help faculty develop their own residency opportunities for students.


Increasing Interdisciplinary Teaching Opportunities: A Discussion
Friday, February 22, 2019
12:00-1:30pm
Duderstadt Center, room 3358B

ArtsEngine is working to encourage and support interdisciplinary teaching on North Campus and needs faculty input on ongoing development of tools, platforms, funding incentives, space, and collaboration workshop opportunities. This ConFabCafé will be an opportunity for faculty to review  and direct collaborative tools and funding mechanisms that currently exist or are under development,  to connect and discuss with us and each other how to mitigate barriers and challenges in creating interdisciplinary courses, and to make connections with potential collaborators in the development of new curricular offerings.


Experiments in Translation: Interactive Artist Talk (Co-hosted with the Duderstadt Center)
Friday, March 1, 2019
10:00-11:30am (presentations start at 10:15am)
Duderstadt Central Collaboration Area

This ConfabCafé will be an opportunity to connect with artists and educators featured in Experiments in Translation, (Feb 13 – Mar 1) a Duderstadt Center exhibition. Guest artist Andrew Dewar will discuss “Sound Translations: Biofeedback Music, Visual Music, and Transmedia Transformation.” Additionally, Christianne Myers (SMTD) will describe her collaboration wit Bioartography to translate cell imagery to textile design (an Arts Integrative Interdisciplinary Faculty Research Grant awarded project) and Maisie Gholson (SOE) will describe her work, with students in MDes in Integrative Design in the Stamps School of Art and Design, to make visible the experience of young Black girls in mathematics classrooms. Brunch and guided tours of related DC facilities will be included.


Creative Placemaking (Co-hosted with The Ginsberg Center)
Friday, March 22, 2019
12:00-1:30pm
Duderstadt Center, room 3358B

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.


Have a recommendation 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? We’d love to hear from you!