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Social Engagement

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Successful 21st century artists and designers are socially aware, entrepreneurial, and deeply connected to the communities where they live and work.

“Engaged creative practice” is a phrase that the Stamps School uses to describe the rich collaborations that happen when artists and designers work in honest, meaningful ways with community partners. Together, they generate creative work; discover fresh approaches to policy; and address real-world challenges in innovative ways. Engaged social practice is a core component to the Stamps School's undergraduate curriculum. This approach helps students build a solid understanding of the agency they possess as artists, designers, and visual communicators — and how to use that agency to impact the world around them.

All engaged creative practice efforts share a unifying mission: to help Stamps students, staff, and faculty generate collaborative, reciprocal, and mutually beneficial creative projects with community partners locally, nationally, and internationally.

Socially engaged projects allow the Stamps community to:

  • Respond to a need or set of needs in a particular community or communities
  • Facilitate connections among diverse groups and disciplines
  • Broaden participants’ experiences and understanding of the world
  • Broaden participants’ view of the role of art and design in the world
  • Put theory and practice together through hands-on collaborative projects or public interventions

Recent Engagement Stories

What’s Your SuperYOUpower?

December 2, 2016

Students in a Stamps engagement course team up with fourth-graders to create new superheros. Read More >

Anne Mondro: Artist & Designer as Citizen

May 12, 2016

Stamps students create socially engaged work in Anne Mondro's new course, “Artist & Designer as Citizen”. Read More >

A Day at Groundhog Park

January 25, 2016

Stamps Students in Joe Trumpey's Design/Build class work with Brightmoor residents on a new community park. Read More >

The Wishing Fence

January 7, 2016

How Stamps students are building community with Detroit's Bennett Elementary School. Read More >