Connecting the Dots between the Arts and Everything Else!

UpstART 200:
A UM Bicentennial Project of Student and Alumni Reflection Making
"Collections and Connections" Prompt Archive

Call for Nominations
Nominations may be made here on or before December 1, 2016!

The UpstART Bicentennial Project Committee is asking for your help to identify up to 200 examples from our art, design and architecture collections, holdings and history here at the University of Michigan to create an archive that our students and alumni will use for inspiration for making their own creative projects – connecting them more personally to our knowledge community. This archive will be the foundation on which UpstART 200: A UM Bicentennial Project of Student Reflection and Making will be based, and will serve as a permanent archive along with the connected student and alumni works long after the end of the UM Bicentennial celebration.

We would like you to think about what artifacts need to be in this archive, with the following considerations (but we are open to your interpretation and input as well!):

An artifact should be:

  • An example of art, architecture or design (and could stem from the range of artifacts these categories span - visual, literary, dance, music, theatre, film, etc)
  • Accessible to students (either through regular or special exhibition, or accurately online)
  • Important to the community at UM (or something that should be important)
  • Sensitive to the range of culture and diversity of our student body
  • Likely (either on its face or with explanation) to elicit a secondary creative impulse or expression
  • Dating from, built, created, or collected during the 1817 - 2017 period

An artifact could be any or all of the following:

  • An example of alumni work, or connected to an important UM person, initiative, time period or idea
  • Part of our student's "Michigan Experience"
  • Connected to our evolving dialogue on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (we are looking for these artifact nominations sooner if possible, in early Fall 2016)
  • A collection of things (such as the Stearns Collection or the Arb's Peony Garden)

Examples the planning committee has considered as likely meeting these criteria are the musical composition “Hail to the Victors”, the public art piece, Endover (The Cube) by Tony Rosenthal, and the Audubon Book on permanent display in the Audubon Room at the Hatcher Library. But we are also looking for more obscure and interesting examples, with a story or connection that may not be as well known but important to “lift up” for students to see and reflect upon.

We hope to complete the archive by November 15, 2016, as we enter the “making” period of the project and the Bicentennial, beginning with the Winter semester, 2017.

Please access the online nomination form here, and if you have any questions about the archive or the project, please contact Deb Mexicotte, Associate Director, ArtsEngine -

UpstART 200 is made possible through the support of University Library, the Alumni Association at the University of Michigan, Arts at Michigan, The Detroit Center, U-M Office of Communications/Arts & Culture, Univrsity Musical Society (UMS), 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, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, and the College of Engineering), and the U-M Bicentennial Committee.