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Michele Schara Residency

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The Schara Artist & Designer in Residency Program helps to build a bridge between Stamps students in Ann Arbor and youth-focused Community Partners in Detroit.

Through the generosity of the Michele Schara and Randy Merhberg family, Schara Residents work with Stamps students and faculty to engage Community Partners in Detroit around deeply collaborative work. Together, they generate creative work; discover fresh approaches to policy; and address real-world challenges in innovative ways.

Community Partners include Detroit Community Schools and Bennett Elementary Schools, where residents integrate art and design into existing curriculums, and work with youth to generate new skill sets, positive creative experiences, and fresh ways of thinking.

2019-20 Residencies: Schara Residencies in the Classroom

Schara Residencies in the Classroom pairs a resident with specific classroom teachers at Bennett Elementary or Detroit Community High (DCH). Together with Stamps faculty and/or the Stamps Community Engagement Coordinator, residents work to help Stamps students incorporate art/design projects into the school day for elementary school students at Bennett or high school students at DCH. Residents are encouraged to think of this residency as an opportunity to work on a project of their own within a classroom context in a way that benefits both the artist/designer resident and the youth involved.

The primary objectives of Schara Residencies in the Classroom are to:

  • Expose Detroit youth to new skill sets, experiences, and ways of thinking.
  • Show Stamps undergraduate students first-hand what it means to maintain an Engaged Social Creative Practice.
  • Residents typically work 1-3 days per week in 1-2 hour sessions.
  • Length of residencies vary depending on project proposals. Anywhere from 1-4 months is average.
  • $2,000 honorarium + $1,000 for equipment and supplies.
How to Apply

Applications will be accepted for 2019-20 residencies beginning in Fall 2019. Applicants will submit:

  • A detailed project description, including theoretical basis, proposed process, and a timeline
  • A proposed budget
  • Resume/C.V.
  • 5-10 examples of past work
  • Contact information for three professional references
  • A description of the ideal outcome of the residency, and a plan for publicly presenting / exhibiting / disseminating the work.


  • Applications are open to all, but Detroit-based artists/designers and University of Michigan alumni are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants are encouraged to think of this residency as an opportunity to work on a project of their own within one of the Stamps School’s partner schools in a way that benefits both the artist/designer resident and the youth and community involved.
  • Candidates should be energetic and committed creative practitioners who are willing and able to share their skills and enthusiasm with U-M students and youth in Detroit.
  • Residents are expected to develop and complete a compelling project that engages with both U-M students and Detroit youth. Residents should have a concrete plan for the project and interactions with student groups including a developed project proposal, timeline, budget, and materials list. Stamps School staff and faculty will help chosen residents develop these plans in collaboration with our school partners.
  • Residents will have the opportunity to share their work publicly as part of the Stamps School’s programs and courses, and the process will be documented in order to build a collective resource for artists and teachers.
  • Experience facilitating projects with youth in a school or community context is helpful but not required.
  • Depending on the needs and timelines of particular projects, access to Stamps School facilities and studio spaces may be available.

Contact us with questions or comments.