special programs


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. During the next few weeks leading up to the Presidential election on November 3rd, 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 inaugration 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!

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.

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 1, 2019 6-8pm in the BBB Atrium and learn more about the project at the project fair, October 2, 2019 12-4pm in the Duderstadt Atrium and apply online.

science as art contest

The Science as Art Contest is co-sponsored by the LSA Science Learning Center, Arts at Michigan, and ArtsEngine and includes an exhibit of submissions each year along with awards, a faculty panel, and award ceremony. See the winners from the 2019-20 competition online.

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.