Student MicroGrant Projects

The ArtsEngine Student MicroGrant program has funded 44 student-led interdisciplinary projects, where art has been a central theme of tenet. Below are brief descriptions and links to media of our funded projects and successful grantees – congratulations to all for their outstanding work!

2018-2019 Grantees

2017-2018 Grantees

2016-2017 Grantees

2015-2016 Grantees

2018-2019 Grantees

School of Music, Theatre & Dance Grantees

Sarah Adams
Stranger Things Haunted House
Sure to be upside-down-right frightening! Journey through various scenes based on the Netflix original series, Stranger Things, on the search for the town’s missing boy. Explore the Byers’ home, Hawkins National Laboratory, and more!

Emelyn Bashour
Red Shoe Company presents “If We Listen”
RSC present their debut in New York City at Spectrum, Brooklyn, with a show calling on the strength of the contemporary woman. The 75-minute show will feature music by Joan Tower, Steve Reich, Augusta Read Thomas, and Julia Wolfe, as well as original arrangements from music by Thea Musgrave, Maurice Ravel, Eve Beglarian, and the Beatles. All of these pieces reflect on the influence a woman has on the world around her – as well as the way the world influences her. UM Stamps alumna Abby Clemens will be producing several animated shorts to accompany the music and tell a growing story throughout the night.

Elizabeth Kunert
Virago is an all new, all female Chamber Ensemble that will give their debut performance in MacIntosh Theatre, featuring video design by Camille Johnson and live video by Fee Christoph. They will perform their commissioned live version of “in the manner of her operations” by Detroit native composer Adam Cuthbert, as well as works by Philip Glass, Pauline Oliveros, and Bill Ryan.

Thomas Laub
FOR THE RECORD is an original work written by Broadway performer and University of Michigan faculty member Geoff Packard. This production will be the piece’s world premiere. Taking place in the Duderstadt Video Studio, FOR THE RECORD is a collaborative exploration of the world of a young man trying to escape the history of his family, haunted by the genetic disposition of Huntington’s disease. He learns no matter how hard you try, you can’t escape what’s written in your DNA.

Thomas Laub
Merrily We Roll Along

The iconic 1981 musical by legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim is being boldly brought to life through a staged concert production in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Merrily We Roll Along moves backwards in time, exploring the life of three friends from their disenchanted adulthood to the bright-eyed optimism of their youth, exploring all the choices they made along the way. The production will feature a full 15-piece orchestra sharing the stage with the actors.

Martin McGuire
A Doll’s House, Part 2
Hailed by The Washington Post as “the breakthrough play that the world has been waiting for,” A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 examines gender roles and how we communicate with those who disagree with us. Part drama and part comedy, this is the Michigan premiere of the 2017 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play. Running Time: 90 Minutes. Free Admission.

Amy Wensley
Senior Bachelor of Fine Arts students in Dance present a joint concert of their choreography at the conclusion of their studies in the Dance program. Alyssa Gorman, Annelise Senkowski, Kandis Terry, and Amy Wensley each perform a solo and present a group work, centered around ideas based on unity.

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Penny W. Stamps School fo Art & Design

Olivia Arau-McSweeney
Sustainable Printing in the Age of the Anthropocene
Sustainable Printing in the Age of the Anthropocene is a printmaking and photography project that explores alternative printing and developing processes that are sustainable and non-toxic. The project will exemplify art practices that shift and adapt to our overly polluted world and address the environmental and health issues we face because of it.

Courtney Ignace
Ento-Mouth is an art installation in which the viewer is immersed within an environment of soft-sculptures, fed a food item containing bugs, and finally comes face-to-face with a insect from the same colony as the bugs they just ate. Ento-Mouth will raise consciousness of one’s role within the food system and by extension one’s impact on the environment through food choices.

Maite Iribarren
El Encanto
El Encanto is a sculptural installation that invites dialog between Cuban exiles in Miami and their descendants. The installation presents hypothetical relics of El Encanto, a luxury department store in Havana that was bombed in a symbolic act of terrorism during the Cuban Revolution. The installation indulges the viewer in both personal and inherited nostalgia for a pre-revolutionary Cuba while confronting them with the difficult complexities of this nostalgia.

Madeleine Messinger
Stories from the Typewriter
Stories from the Typewriter
is a culmination of a year-long engagement project with the public. Using a typewriter as a lure, strangers were prompted in public spaces to write poems about family, nostalgia and place. In the Stamps Gallery, this project will be shown in two parts: a short film documenting the process and a structure displaying the collected poems as well as archival objects associated with the poems.

A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning

Jessie Mindel
Virtual Pavilion
Three students (two architecture, one PITE) are collaborating to tackle the challenge of integrating design, sustainability, and construction through a design/build pavilion that takes the course of two semesters (F’18/W’19). Designed with sustainable materials and constructed using augmented reality, the pavilion will push the students to work in ways that they have not before. The pavilion will be enhanced with augmented reality to encourage participants to see both design and sustainability in new ways.

College of Engineering Grantees

Kevin Yiwei Huang
Tabletop Gaming/World Building Project
The goal of the project is to create a tabletop gaming system, complete with an interesting and engaging world founded on a steampunk theme. The expected end product for the project will be a player’s handbook complete with rules, lore and art, as well as a campaign story module that will serve to help the players visualize and immerse themselves in a different world complete with fantasy societies, cultures, magic and technology.

Saswat Sahoo
MedLaunch hosts the Biodesign Challenge, a yearlong design competition that empowers students to innovate in healthcare. Our mission is to work at the intersection of art, science and technology to improve the lives of people in our community. Our purpose is to connect people who are curious and want to make a difference so that together we can make the world a healthier place.

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