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Finalists Announced for Envision: The Michigan Artist Initiative

September 18, 2020 • Social Engagement, Alumni

Organized by Stamps Gallery, Envision: The Michigan Artist Initiative is a new awards program designed to support the development of contemporary artists living and working in Michigan. Read More >

A Message from the Dean

June 2, 2020 • Social Engagement, Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion, Undergraduate Student

At times such as these, leaders often share words of encouragement, remind all of us of our shared values, and cite tangible ways we can make a difference. Read More >

Makers Respond: Jane Prophet and Rebekah Modrak Launch Artists and Allies

April 21, 2020 • Research & Leadership, Social Engagement, Faculty

While a lot has changed at the University of Michigan this spring in response to COVID-19, our individual faculty’s commitment to justice, equity, and access remains firmly intact. Read More >

Class of 2020 Spotlight: Ashley Moon (MDes ‘20)

March 15, 2020 • Research & Leadership, Social Engagement, Graduate Student

In order to have a government that one day works for everyone, Ashley Moon (MDes '20) believes more people have to see the value in getting involved in it. For her thesis project, Moon (MDes '20), set out to use design principles to promote civic engagement… Read More >

Class of 2020 Spotlight: Jennifer Low (MDes ‘20)

March 15, 2020 • Research & Leadership, Social Engagement, Graduate Student

When we think about gentrification and the issues that surround it, Jennifer Low (MDes '20) says we often assume they are inevitable, uncontrollable forces. But this is rarely the case. Read More >

Class of 2020 Spotlight: Megan Freund (MDes ‘20)

March 15, 2020 • Research & Leadership, Social Engagement

Many high school history teachers in Metro Detroit support the idea of incorporating more social justice lessons in the classroom, but they're still not doing it themselves. Read More >

Class of 2020 Spotlight: Colleen Clark (MDes ‘20)

March 15, 2020 • Research & Leadership, Social Engagement, Graduate Student

Nearly half of all new K-12 teachers leave the profession within the first five years, and Colleen Clark (MDes '20) says it's not always for the obvious reason. Read More >

Class of 2020 Spotlight: Gowri Balasubramaniam (MDes ‘20)

March 15, 2020 • Research & Leadership, Social Engagement, Graduate Student

For her thesis research, Gowri Balasubramaniam worked with the Equitable Futures project to teach critical and speculative design methods to Detroit-area high school freshmen as a way to help connect their history lessons to the present and imagine their own futures. Read More >

Yen and Nick Azzaro Propose Interactive, Experimental Art Museum with Youth in Ypsilanti

December 23, 2019 • Social Engagement, Living a Creative Life: Alumni Stories, Alumni

Recipients of the 2018 Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation “In Our Neighborhood” grant, the husband and wife team Nick Azzaro (BFA '04) and Yen Azzaro (BFA '03) are creating meaningful connections through arts and culture for the residents of eastern Washtenaw… Read More >