special programs

2021 spring/summer interdisciplinary projects

Last summer, in the face of the widespread cancellation of summer performance and internship possibilities, ArtsEngine partnered with the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning to create a student team challenge, Sonic Scenographies. This challenge provided eight student research teams the opportunity to extend and enhance performance and other time-based experiences using digital platforming. Each team received a small stipend, faculty mentor, and showcase for presenting their work at the end of the summer.

While we hope there will be a revival of performance and internship possibilities for our students this summer, we recognize the value in supporting shorter-term or pilot projects here on campus which require collaboration among students and faculty from across disciplinary divides. ArtsEngine is requesting proposals that may fill this opportunity space from May-August 2021.

ArtsEngine will offer up to $10,000 in project support, program logistics and administration, recruitment, and marketing outreach as needed.

Proposals need to describe projects that:

  • Will engage exploration, participants, and/or expertise across disciplines (as defined as substantial participation from at least two schools and colleges, with at least one being either on North Campus or the School of Information).
  • Can be implemented to include multiple student teams and faculty.

Please submit your proposal for review by Monday, April 5, 2021.

Project selection will be made by Friday, April 9. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this Call for Proposals.

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 are showcased in an ever-growing online collage of images and videos, displaying a diverse and wide-ranging collection of 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 and grad student artist or designer with which the campus will interact during the winter 2021 semester.

science as art contest

Science as Art is co-sponsored by 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.

MLK spirit awards

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.

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.

UpstART 200

Celebrating and exhibiting student and alumni creative work, UpstART 200 is a UM Bicentennial project encouraging active engagement with and connection to the University through inspiration from art, design and architecture, examples of which are curated in an online archive. Creative work of all kinds from across disciplines were accepted into the online exhibition space through Winter 2018, after which the submitted works will be permanently curated as part of the history of the UM Bicentennial. Partner events, course assignments, online activities and student maker grants all contributed to the goal of 200 student and alumni generated response pieces by the end of the project (April 2018).

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.

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.

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. The results of this work have been used to add an array of categories of impacts to a2ru’s Impacts Map.