About Stamps

Social Engagement

As educators, we want students to be able to understand the meaning and impact of their work – “engaging” them in a curriculum that builds understanding of the agency they possess as artists and designers and guiding them in determining how to use that agency to impact the world around them.

The mission of the Stamps School’s Engaged Creative Practice program is to provide a platform for students, staff, and faculty as they generate collaborative and reciprocal creative projects and to provide support for building relationships with a broad range of local, national, and international community partners.

Our collaborative creative projects allow us 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
  • The faculty at Stamps serve as role models and mentors pursuing a wide range of creative practices and research that address diverse social issues, from social justice to food sustainability.

Current Areas of Stamps Engagement:


K-12 Education

Health + Medicine

Design for Social Change

Environment + Sustainability

  • COURSE: Art, Design and the Environment
  • COURSE: Sustainability Design: More with Less
  • COURSE: Food Systems
  • FACULTY WORK: Joe Trumpey

Social Justice

Public Intervention

Documentary + Narrative

University Partners

  • Center for Educational Outreach
  • College of Engineering
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Center for Entrepreneurship
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Material Science and Engineering
  • Exhibit Museum of Natural History
  • Ford School of Public Policy
  • Institute for Research on Women & Gender
  • Ross School of Business
    • Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
    • The Center for Positive Organizations
    • Business Administration
    • Technology and Operations
    • Design + Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Information
  • School of Law
  • School of Natural Resources and Environment
    • The Graham Sustainability Institute
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Social Work
  • Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Center
  • Momentum Center
  • Semester in Detroit
  • Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • U-M Health System
    • C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
    • U-M Medical School
    • Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases
    • Environmental Health Sciences
    • Neurology
    • Anesthesiology
    • Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
    • Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute
  • U-M Nonprofit and Public Management Center

Community Partners

  • AIDS Day without Art
  • Allied Media Projects
  • Alternatives for Girls and Women
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • American Friends Service Committee
  • Amnesty International
  • Ann Arbor Farmers Market
  • Ann Arbor Transit Authority
  • Bennett Elementary School
  • Black Men for Social Change
  • Brightmoor Alliance
  • Bryant Community Center
  • Camp Take Notice
  • CAN/ Community Action Network
  • Cesar Chavez Academy
  • Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit C.A.I.D
  • Creative Many Michigan
  • Detroit Community Schools
  • Detroit Creative Corridor Center
  • Detroit Design Festival
  • Detroit Public Library
  • Earthworks Urban Farm
  • El Museo del Norte
  • Flint Northwestern High School
  • Flint Public Art Project
  • Focus Hope
  • Food Gatherers
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Huron-Clinton Metropark System
  • Infinite Mile
  • Living Arts Detroit
  • Maker Works
  • Michigan Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence
  • Michigan Women's Foundation
  • Michigan Women's Justice & Clemency Project
  • Midtown Detroit Inc.
  • Mt Elliott Makerspace
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
  • National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women
  • Neighbors Building Brightmoor
  • NextEnergy
  • Power House Productions
  • r+d LAB, LLC
  • ReMix Genesee
  • rootoftwo, LLC
  • Safe House Domestic Violence Center
  • Safe House Domestic Violence Center
  • Signal return
  • St. Patrick's Senior Center
  • State Appellate Defenders Office
  • The Boulevard House
  • The Boulevard House
  • The Carr Center
  • The Ginsberg Center
  • The Henry Ford
  • The Powerhouse Project
  • The U.S. Justice Department
  • The Work Department
  • TurtleCell
  • University Living, Ann Arbor
  • Vayu, LLC