Connecting the Dots between the Arts and Everything Else!

ArtsEngine Receives Grant to Launch UpstART 200:
A UM Bicentennial Project of Student Reflection and Making
in January 2017

As part of our mission to champion and support the integration of the arts throughout the University and our growing community of UM student and alumni makers, ArtsEngine, with the support of a number of on-campus partner departments, applied for and received a $20,000 UM Bicentennial Grant to launch UpstART 200: A UM Bicentennial Project of Student and Alumni Reflection and Making in January 2017. Partner organizations currently include University Library, the Alumni Association, Arts at Michigan, The Detroit Center, UM Office of Communications/Arts & Culture, University Musical Society (UMS) and the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA).

Students and alumni will be asked to create their own work, in whatever medium they choose (film, music, technology, coding, theatre, dance, painting, sculpture, poetry, creative writing, etc) in response to an archive of artifacts created to inspire as well as personally link their Michigan experience to the vast knowledge community. All submissions will be exhibitied or showcased throughout the Winter/Fall 2017 Bicentennial period, with the best of the submissions curated for official publication as part of the Bicentennial celebration. Project partners will also host a number of "maker" events, allowing students to actually interact with real archive pieces and create work on the spot!

Nomiations for inclusion in the project archive can be here.

There will also be a new ArtsEngine Bicentennial grant program to support selected student work, in addition to the annual ArtsEngine Student MicroGrants for interdisciplinary work. Students wanting to participate in the Bicentennial Project can apply for up to $200 individuallyl and $1000 for group projects. Criteria and applications may be found here.

Finally, if course instructors would like to include student assignments related to the ArtsEngine Bicentennial Project, contact for additional information!

More information will be available as the archive and project develops throughout the Fall 2016 semester.