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SparkVotes Initiative Clarifies and Celebrates the Voting Process

August 25, 2020 • Cool Classes & Assignments, Making a Difference, Undergraduate Student

In this year of uncertainty, at least one thing remains sure: students will need to navigate how to vote in November’s election. Read More >

COVID-19 Relief: Stamps Student Emergency Fund

May 26, 2020 • Giving, Making a Difference, Graduate Student

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the Stamps community together to face new challenges, address unprecedented complexities, and find new ways to support one another during this difficult time. Read More >

Makers Respond: Studio Coordinator Kit Parks (BFA ‘15) On Facemask Creation, Donation

April 3, 2020 • Making a Difference, Alumni

In addition to working tirelessly to help secure the health and safety of our school community as part of U-M’s response to COVID-19, Studio Coordinators at the Stamps School of Art & Design have been actively helping the community at large. Read More >

The Heart of the Farm: What’s Next for Trumpey’s Campus Farm Eco-Building

May 21, 2019 • Cool Classes & Assignments, Making a Difference, Faculty

During the summer of 2018, Stamps Professor Joe Trumpey lead volunteers and twenty students from his Green Building course in the building of U-M’s only 100% solar powered, natural, straw-bale insulated building on the Ann Arbor campus. Located on the Campus… Read More >

Dream It, Build It, Do It: The Brightmoor Maker Space Celebrates Inaugural Year

May 9, 2019 • Giving, Social Engagement, Making a Difference

On Thursday, May 2, 2019, Detroit Community Schools (DCS) and the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design hosted an open house for the Brightmoor Maker Space to celebrate its first academic year in operation. Read More >

Expressions of Gratitude: Penny W. Stamps (1944-2018)

April 8, 2019 • Giving, Making a Difference, Alumni

In December of 2018, our school’s namesake and friend, Penny W. Stamps, passed away after a battle with cancer. A proud University of Michigan alumna (BS.Des. ’66), arts advocate, animal lover, philanthropist, and leader, Penny’s legacy lives on in the research… Read More >

Social Spaces Takes Root with Growing Hope

December 12, 2018 • Social Engagement, Cool Classes & Assignments, Making a Difference

Taught by Anne Mondro and Marianetta Porter, Social Spaces is a 200-level course aimed at teaching Stamps Students “best practices” in social engagement. Read More >

An Irresistible Civic Duty: Voting is Sexy 2018

December 11, 2018 • Cool Classes & Assignments, Making a Difference, Undergraduate Student

Last winter, Stamps professor Stephanie Rowden came across a statistic about voter participation in the 2014 midterm election that took her by surprise — just 14% of eligible U-M voters participated. "I was stunned by the gap between my sense of how much… Read More >

Student Spotlight: Giving Blueday Scholarship Recipient Siena McKim (BFA ‘19)

November 19, 2018 • Giving, Making a Difference, Student Voices

For San Diego native Siena McKim (BFA ‘19), the natural world inspires creative work, a mindful way of life, and the desire to educate others about the world around them. Read More >

Interactive & Inclusive Spatial Experiences

May 2, 2018 • Social Engagement, Making a Difference, Student Voices

Since 2012, an ongoing series of virtual cross-cultural classroom collaborations designed by Stamps School faculty Kelly Murdoch-Kitt and Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar faculty Denielle Emans has involved nearly 200 students in 12 courses at 5… Read More >