About Stamps

Detroit Collaborations

As part of our collective commitment to maintain and expand our relationships with Detroit, The Stamps School of Art and Design is partnering with an array of community organizations, schools, artists, designers, innovators and creative place makers.

By engaging the many cultural communities that comprise Detroit, we move together – the School and the City – further into neighborhoods, businesses, schools, and community organizations through active projects that forge creative initiatives.

Detroit Faculty Engagement Coordinator Nick Tobier focuses on the social lives of public places in built structures and events. He has taught engagement classes with bakers, farmers and city buses. He has been teaching in and with Detroit youth since 2005, initiating our creative design partnership with Detroit Community Schools in 2009.

If you are a Detroit-based organization interested in partnering with the Stamps School, contact Professor Tobier at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

This year, we are proud to collaborate with:

Bennett Elementary and Detroit Community Schools

Our two main partner schools for Detroit Connections classes are Bennett Elementary School in Southwest Detroit and Detroit Community Schools in northwest Detroit's Brightmoor neighborhood.

Detroit Connections is a series of courses joining Stamps students and faculty with Detroit partner schools to collaborate on ongoing, weekly art workshops and design projects.

Michele Schara Artist & Designer in Residency Program

The Michele Schara Artist & Designer in Residency program invites U-M alumni and artists living and working in Detroit to propose and complete a project that engages U-M Students and youth in one of two Stamps School partner schools in Detroit: Bennett Elementary and Detroit Community Schools. Schara Residency projects engage with teachers and students from kindergarten through high school to integrate art and design into existing curriculums, while exposing youth to new skill sets, experiences, and ways of thinking.

For information on recent artists-in-residence or to apply for a residency, please see the Michele Schara Artist & Designer in Residency Program section.

The Carr Center

Exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions and public events are among our upcoming collaborations with the Carr Center, a center that develops, promotes, presents and preserves the African and African American cultural arts traditions.

Brightmoor Alliance and Neighbors Building Brightmoor

Since 2010 Stamps has been working with partners in the Brightmoor area to provide art and design programming for the neighborhood community.

In our most recent collaboration, the Stamps School is working with its community partners in Detroit’s northwest Brightmoor neighborhood to repurpose a vacant building into the Brightmoor Maker Space at Detroit Community Schools, a community workshop for building skills and an incubator for new enterprise. The maker space will nurture youth and community development and contribute to the revitalization of Detroit. The maker space has received a prestigious Knight Arts Challenge Grant.

Learn more about the Brightmoor Maker Space at Detroit Community Schools:
Giving: Brightmoor Maker Space Campaign
Stamps School to Launch New Maker Space in Detroit

Infinite Mile

∞ mile and the Stamps School have partnered to publish a series of articles about art and gentrification that will appear in the January - June 2015 issues of ∞ mile. The series invites a diverse group of contributors from multiple disciplines and locations to write on the subject, with specific attention paid to the role of art. The articles may discuss art and gentrification beyond Detroit.

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)

Stamps is partnering with the non-collecting contemporary museum, MOCAD, on numerous community events including special presentations by Stamps Series speakers, teen workshops, and more.

Signal Return

Signal Return Letterpress Studio and Stamps are working together to offer a wide range of related programming, free and open to the public: poetry readings, book release parties, and exhibitions.

Visit our Detroit Events calendar for a full list of upcoming Detroit-based events.