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Engagement

Right now there's a group of people in Silicon Valley that are actively working to build a future for us without our consent. We are living in their imagination and I'm very interested in leveraging the power of collective imagination to create counter futures."

—Salome Asega - New Media Artist and Featured Panelist for "Technology and the Future of Art"

In addition to an initial round of pilot project grants, the Arts Initiative has sought out other creative collaborations with the wider University of Michigan campus - find out more about those efforts here.

FUTURE OF ART SERIES:

Working in collaboration with the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), the Institute for the Humanities, and the Digital Studies Institute - the Arts Initiative co-presented a series of discussions which aimed to envision what the future of art looks like from a variety of perspectives including : what inclusivity in the arts looks like, if acceptance is the future of art, whether to repair or rebuild art institutions, how activism is connected to art, and the connection between technology and art.

FUTURE OF ARTS PANEL DISCUSSION

This panel discussion features William Deresiewicz, Sammus, atiya jones and Monica Byrne.

TECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE OF ART

This panel discussion features American Artist and Salome Asega.

FUTURE OF ART: WHO IS ART FOR?

This panel discussion features Donna Walker-Kuhne, Cayenne Harris, Sara Billman and Jim Leija.

IS ACCEPTANCE THE FUTURE OF ART?

This panel discussion features Ayana Evans and Reginald Jackson.

THE FUTURE OF ART: DESIGNING THE MEMORIAL TO ENSLAVED LABORERS AT UVA

This panel discussion features Eric Höweler, Eto Otitigbe, Mabel O. Wilson, J. Meejin Yoon and Kristin Hass.

THE FUTURE OF ART INSTITUTIONS: REBUILD OR REPAIR?

This panel discussion features Terence Washington, Anya Sirota and Maurita Poole.

ANTI-RACISM DESIGN CHALLENGE:

This semester-long design challenge was co-sponsored by the Arts Initiative, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the U-M Center for Socially Engaged Design and the U-M Center for Academic Innovation’s XR initiative.

More than 60 students representing 17 of the Ann Arbor campus’ 19 schools and colleges and UM-Dearborn worked to answer a series of questions - How do you imagine a future world that is anti-racist? How do you envision the community you want to build? What societal impact do you want to make?

Seven teams shared their projects and three student teams received $1,000 awards related to their work addressing anti-racism during the Center for Socially Engaged Design annual Innovation in Action awards showcase on April 9. The winning teams were:

  • Plucky Comics, a web application that tells the story of Black queer historical figures through the medium of comics. It was created by Nathan Alston of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, and Daniella Gennaro of the Ross School and School of Education.
  • Shift, a personalized platform dedicated to helping individuals become more aware of ways to be anti-racist. It was created by Amoolya Kumar of UM-Dearborn’s College of Engineering and Computer Science; Gabriela Chen of the School of Public Health and Rackham Graduate School; Kelly Chan of the School of Education; and Robin Kocher of the School of Information.
  • Designing Access, a resource that promotes creation of events that are inclusive and welcoming to all. It was created by five students from the School of Social Work: Sofie Aaron, Amy Belfer, Flavio Di Stefano, Hannah Lefton and Callie Torkelson.

The full write-up is featured on Arts & Culture Michigan here.