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
April 12, 2018
Chef and Witt visiting artist Tunde Wey uses food to call attention to issues of equity, race, and privilege. Read More >
March 29, 2018
Interdisciplinary student teams create branding for Lunch Brake, Achsha Jones' new Detroit "bustaurant." Read More >
December 5, 2017
Stamps faculty, undergraduates, and MDes students conduct a Design Charette focused on geriatric care. Read More >