special programs

photocracy

Photocracy: Defining Democracy Through Stories and Art will capture this moment in time by bringing the campus community together across differences through an artistic lens. Photocracy invites members of the U-M campus community to share what democracy means to them by submitting an image along with a short written or audio- or video-recorded explanation of the personal meaning of that image. Submissions will be showcased online in an ever-growing collage of images and videos, where viewers can view a diverse and wide-ranging collection of submission in a gallery of images to see and hear more about the unique perspectives of our campus community. Submissions will be used as raw material for a commissioned exhibit, installation, performance, composition, etc. from a U-M faculty or grad student artist with which the campus will interact during the inauguration week in January 2021 and beyond. Find more info, submit an image, view the gallery, and propose a work of art HERE.

sonic scenographies

Sonic Scenographies is a research program that catalyzes experimental collaboration at the intersection of performance, music, theatre, dance, architecture, and digital space. It is an invitation for students across disciplines, with support from faculty, to speculate on ways performative digital space can offer novel social and cultural experiences. Sonic Scenographies relies on interdisciplinary collaboration and emergent technologies to test new methods in digital design, online performance, documentation, and transmission. Read more about sonic scenographies HERE!

science as art contest

The Science as Art Contest is co-sponsored by the Arts at Michigan and ArtsEngine and includes an exhibition featuring student artwork inspired by and demonstrating scientific ideas and principles. Awards are given for Best in Show and a range of other categories across a wide range of media. The event has typically included an exhibit of submissions each year along with a faculty panel and award ceremony. The 2021 exhibition will be presented virtually in February 2021.

View past winners online in the award gallery.

MDP Hammond organ project

Students on the ArtsEngine project will create a media-integrative 21st century expressive instrument by re-imagining and re-designing a vintage analog musical instrument – a Hammond M3 organ. Meet the project team at the preview night, October 6, 5-9pm and the project fair, October 7, 12-4pm Learn more and apply online.

experiments in translation

The Duderstadt Center and ArtsEngine invite U-M students to explore new ways to communicate difficult concepts. In March 2020, Experiments in Translation will award up to three $10,000 grants to collaborative projects that bring Duderstadt Center technologies to bear in response to a communications challenge. Projects are expected to be completed within one year, during which time awardees will participate in strategic workshops, discussions and other events to support their progress. Their outcomes will be publicly presented.

This annual north campus event is hosted by the Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning, the College of Engineering, Stamps School of Art & Design, School of Music, Theatre & Dance in conjunction with ArtsEngine and the Duderstadt Center as part of the University of Michigan’s MLK Symposium to honor and commemorate the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The MLK Spirit Awards are given to students, student organizations, staff, and faculty members at the University of Michigan North Campus who exemplify the leadership and vision of Dr. King through their commitment to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

arts engagement project

The Arts Engagement Project is a study of about 4,000 undergraduate students at the University of Michigan that asked questions about the impacts, precursors, barriers, frequency, and perceptions of co-curricular arts engagement in college. The results — particularly when coupled with an analysis of their relationship the demographic profiles of the respondents — provided important insights for the design of arts-based experiences in higher education, as well as the impacts of the arts on student learning and engagement. 

Drawing from a subset of open-ended questions and responses, we created ontological topic models for each question and an interactive decision support tool to facilitate collaborative interpretation of the topics. We also measured a variety of linguistic and psychographic factors associated with the responses using three different dictionary-based tools. We then combined these measures with the measures of topic prevalence in a principal components analysis to explore the relationships between the topics, tone, and structure of the responses.The results of this work have been used to add an array of categories of impacts to a2ru’s Impacts Map.