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The Ann Arbor area, Detroit, and Southeast Michigan are rich with artistic activities. To learn more about the many opportunities to create and engage with the arts in our region, explore the lists below. We know these lists are partial: to add your organization, please email us.

At the University of Michigan

The University of Michigan is becoming known for the richness of its arts programming. The exceptional resources offered by the University Musical Society and the University of Michigan Museum of Art are among the most visible jewels in our arts crown.  However, a number of other units are working daily to support students in exercising their creativity.  Among them:

The Residential College is one of the longest running undergraduate living-learning communities in the country and engages students in creative exploration of the humanities, the social and natural sciences, intensive foreign language study, and the visual and performing arts.

The Lloyd Hall Scholars Program is a living-learning program focused on writing and the arts.

The MFA Writing Program, graduate program in creative writing, is a two-year program leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree.

The Department of Screen Arts & Cultures gives students a balanced curriculum between screen history and theory plus the study of the current industry's creative work domestically and internationally while the students receive creative hands-on production coursework.

Arts at Michigan supports faculty in integrating arts events into courses, funds student art projects, and keeps students current on all the arts happenings on campus.

And, of course, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and the School of Art & Design offer many studio courses for non-majors.

Others At U-M

School of Art and Design:
A gallery for time-based art
Play Gallery Sound Salon
News and events web pages
Penny Stamps Distinguished Visitor Series
Exhibition Spaces

Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning

Arts Enterprise

Arts of Citizenship program

Center for Afroamerican and African Studies

Center for Chinese Studies

Center for Japanese Studies

Center for South Asian Studies

Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies

Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Center for World Performance Studies

Department of Romance Languages and Literatures


Gifts of Art, University of Michigan Health System

Institute for the Humanities

International Institute

Michigan Radio

University of Michigan Museum of Art

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Ann Arbor Area

Ann Arbor Art Center

Ann Arbor Art Fair

Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau list of arts organizations

Arts Alliance

Dance Gallery Foundation

Neutral Zone Teen Center in Ann Arbor

WEMU FM 89.1 radio: Jazz

WRCJ FM 90.9 radio: Classical and jazz

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Detroit and Southeast Michigan

Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit children and youth events

Detroit theater, music, and dance

Purple Rose Theatre Company

Volunteer Match for nonprofit arts organizations in Detroit

Mosaic Youth Theater in Detroit

Arbor Area Arts Alliance

Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan

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ArtServe Michigan

Michigan Arts Education Association

Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs

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Americans for the Arts

Arts-Education Partnership

Community Arts Network

National Endowment for the Arts

International Arts Movement

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Virtual Museums and Other Resources

Americans for the Arts


Karl Paulnack, Director of the Music Division at the Boston Conservatory

Museum of Online Museums (MoOM)

National Endowment for the Arts A joint work-in-progress by the International Center of Photography in New York City and the George Eastman House in Rochester (the world’s oldest photography museum).

Tate Online. With an interactive map that lets you explore the gallery’s holdings room by room.

Virtual Museum of Canada. works from museums across Canada, curated by theme.

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