Michele Schara Residency
The Michele Schara Artist & Designer in Residency program invites artists and designers to propose and complete a project that engages U-M Students and youth in a school and community setting in Detroit.
Schara Residents partner with teachers and students at one of two Stamps School partner schools in Detroit: Bennett Elementary and Detroit Community Schools.
Our 2016 residency cycle offers 2 types of residencies: Schara Residencies in the Classroom and Schara Residencies in the Brightmoor Maker Space.
Classroom residents work directly with teachers and K-12 students to integrate art and design into existing curriculums and school programs, while exposing youth to new skill sets, experiences, and ways of thinking.
Maker Space residents will have the unique opportunity to develop projects and programming as part of our ongoing Brightmoor Maker Space initiative in partnership with Detroit Community Schools.
Michele Schara Residency Goals
- To offer opportunities for professional artists and designers to develop and carry out a project in a school and/or community context
- To increase Detroit youth’s understanding of and appreciation for art and design, while providing them with new experiences and ways of thinking
- To help school teachers incorporate innovative art and design techniques and processes into their current arts curriculum, or develop ways to integrate the arts into non-arts curricula.
- To give Stamps School students a better understanding of community-based applications of art and design.
Past Michele Schara Residencies
Emilia Javanica (MFA 2012) will introduce techniques in playwriting, devised theater, puppetry and scenography in workshops for 4th and 5th grade students at Bennett Elementary. Bennett students will develop content for a new theatrical production that Emilia will produce and direct in collaboration with students from the University of Michigan.
Carrie Morris (MFA 2007) will facilitate The Detroit Teen Video Project with students at Detroit Community High. Detroit Teen Video Project is a free digital media workshop that gives Detroit youth access to equipment and instructional support in order to make their own short films. Through the workshop participants learn about digital media, storytelling, collaboration and job skills while focusing on ways to see and share how local knowledge can be universal.
Lyz Luidens (BFA 2013) will work with students at Detroit Community High School on developing The Detroit Atlas Project. The Detroit Atlas Project aims to give Detroit youth the chance to map their city however they see fit: through research, personal experience, or purely aesthetic visual choices. Youth-made maps will be reproduced using screen and relief printing and bound together to form atlas of youth-drawn maps of the city of Detroit.
Laura Amtower (MFA 2015) will work with students at Bennett Elementary School to design and build a multipurpose cart outfitted with materials to be used in classroom learning, indoor recess, and public school events. The cart will be created collaboratively with k-5 students to mimicking other similar classroom tools available on the market –but designed by students for their own classroom. The cart will be constructed in phases, allowing students to experiment and learn about possibilities and impact over time.
Ian Klipa (BFA 2015) a sculptor and video artist, will introduce the basic principles of low tooling metal fabrication and will work with Detroit Community High School students to modify and refurbish industrial tricycles into delivery vehicles for community-run businesses.
Zak Rosen, Detroit based independent radio producer, will work with a team of Brightmoor youth to develop programmatic content and ideas for a burgeoning Brightmoor Community Radio Station. Covering field recording, interviewing, story development, investigative reporting, editing, and distribution, the residency will be spent preparing youth to create and share their own audio content focused on local people, places, issues, and events.
Walter Lacy, Detroit based poet and Hip-Hop artist, led spoken word and poetry workshops with freshman English classes at Detroit Community High School. The spoken work of the youth was recorded and developed into audio pieces and the written work published into a chapbook.
Yvette Rock - Detroit RePatched
Yvette Rock (MFA 1999) worked with students at Bennett Elementary to develop individual works of art and assemble and paint a kite to be flown in the spring. Yvette’s mixed media series, Detroit RePatched served as the launching point for discussions about the city of Detroit and the development of designs and symbols integrated into works on paper, paintings, sculptures, and kites.
Paula Schubatis (BFA 2013) brought her studio practice of painting, weaving, and found object construction to Detroit Community High School to develop collaborative projects with art teachers that her colorful and quirky aesthetic. As a result of their collaborations the school and neighborhood have seen the installation of colorful bus stop benches, text-based public art pieces, and found object sculptures.
Zak Rosen & Renee Gross - DCH Radio Club
Renee Gross (BA 2013), along with Detroit-based independent radio producer Zak Rosen, worked with students at Detroit Community High School to produce short audio pieces about the importance hands-on learning. Their final web piece Curbside Economics serves as a visual and audio documentation of entrepreneurship in action in Detroit’s Brightmoor neighborhood.
David Zinn - Drawing and Character Design
Chalk street artist David Zinn (BA 1990) worked with Bennett Elementary School 5th graders on designing and drawing original characters with a focus on perspective and three-dimensional rendering. The Bennett students chalked their characters and narratives on the school’s front sidewalk alongside original drawings by David.
Nick Azzaro - Bennett Superheroes
Photographer Nick Azzaro (BFA 2004) prompted Bennett Elementary School 4th and 5th graders to describe their ideal superpower. He then created a series of portraits of each student embodying their superhero power that were published, along with their writing, in a book titled Bennett Superheroes.
Ron Watters - Product Design and 3D Printing
Detroit based product designer Ron Watters (BFA 2001) taught the basics of product development and the use of 3d printers to high school students. Students developed their own products by first modeling them in Autodesk, and then printed their products using a 3d printer.
Katharine Drake - Ceramic Wall Installation
Ceramic artist Katharine Drake (BFA 2011) worked with 3rd and 4th graders at Bennett Elementary School to transform part of the main school hallway with handmade tiles that bring the colors and textures of the garden into the school.
Kat Hartman - Curricular Zines
In response to an art teacher at Detroit Community High School who hopes to further infuse STEM curriculum into his classes, Detroit-based information designer Kat Hartman (MFA 2008) designed a zine for high school students that outlines essential concepts of power transmission and data literacy in an easily accessible format.
Collin McRae - The Earth Suite
Collin McRae (MFA 2012) explored the connections between images and music with fifth graders who drew intuitively while listening to Gustav Holst’s compositions for Mars and Jupiter. Using their drawings as inspiration, Collin created a musical composition for the planet Earth that was performed by musicians from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance.