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.
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
Through courses like Detroit Connections and Change by Design as well as initiatives like the Brightmoor Maker Space, Stamps students learn how to build meaningful engaged creative practice into their own lives, during college and beyond.
The Stamps alumni network also plays a vital role in bringing current Stampers into creative, community-focused work. The video below shares the story of Stamps alum Laura Amtower (MFA ’15), Director of Education at Community Action Network (CAN), and her collaboration with Stamps student Michelle Ha (BFA ’22) around CAN’s “Strive to Thrive” program for local youth.