Connecting the Dots between the Arts and Everything Else!

UpstART 200:
A UM Bicentennial Project of Student and Alumni Reflection Making
~Connecting through Coursework~

ArtsEngine, the interdisciplinary arts integration initiative supported by the North Campus schools and colleges, has received a U-M Bicentennial Grant for UpstART 200: A U-M Bicentennial Project of Student Reflection and Making. The project partners - the Alumni Association at the University of Michigan, Arts at Michigan, The Detroit Center, U-M Office of Communications/ Arts & Culture, University Libraries, University Musical Society (UMS), and the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), and the North Campus Schools and Colleges (Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, Music, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance and College of Engineering) - would like your help in developing as many high quality student response pieces as part of the project as possible.

The Project

Throughout the U-M Bicentennial year (Winter 2017/Fall 2017) students will be asked to create their own work, in whatever medium they chose (design, film, music, architecture, technology, coding, theatre, dance, painting, sculpture, poetry, creative writing, etc.), in response to newly created archive of prompts from an historic or culturally significant work of art, design or architecture created from 1817-2017 and held by, or otherwise connected to, U-M.

Student-generated response pieces will be collected and exhibited throughout the Bicentennial period on websites, at events and in exhibition spaces, with the best juried pieces curated permanently in a final print and digital publication, Student and Alumni Reflections from the U-M Bicentennial, in Winter 2018.

Connecting Your Students and Courses

With the goal of connecting students to creative making (both inside and outside the classroom) and to develop as many high quality connections and responses to the extensive holdings within our U-M knowledge community as possible, the UpstART 200 Planning Committee would like you to consider creating an assignment in your courses that would link to this Bicentennial project. We think this effort could be integrated easily into some syllabi, while not matching well with other course structures and offerings. But as the range of creative projects that might be made is so broad, and the inspirational archive of artifacts so extensive, we hope that at least some classes will be able to incorporate the project into their classwork. If you have an artifact you would use in your class that fits the archive criteria, you may nominate it for archive inclusion here.

If you aren't able to include an archival prompt assignment in your classes, but could mention the project to your students, that would be most appreciated.


If you have any questions about the overall project, the exhibitions and publication, how to nominate artifacts for the prompt archive, or the process by which the prompt archive will be created, please visit or contact Deb Mexicotte, Associate Director, ArtsEngine -, 734-615- 8738.

We look forward to the opportunity to showcase and include your students' work in the UpstART 200:
A U-M Bicentennial Project of Student and Alumni Reflection and Making!