Dec 10 2021 | The Arts Initiative at Study Days at UMMA
Study and Sketch
Study and Sketch
A public keynote presentation from Dr. Tonya Matthews, President and CEO of International African American Museum, will ask curators and other listeners to grapple with an increasing call for bolder conversations in the curation of African American cultural heritage.
Get a first look at the early research findings from the "Fair Representation in Arts and Data" project, which looked to analyze the UMMA collection using data algorithms.
Join us October 21 at 12:30 pm for a live on-campus event at U-M Dearborn with local artist, Monica (mBthelight) Blaire.
Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have become a major force that impacts our daily lives in essential ways, from how political messaging and marketing are designed, to automating the process of deciding who gets hired or which neighborhood should be intensely patrolled. Big Data and AI can be an important agent for social justice and equality; or they can also be used to perpetuate injustice and hurt populations that are already disadvantaged and marginalized. Artists have been at the forefront, together with scientists, in exploring ways in which AI systems can be more equitable, transparent and inclusive. This mini-symposium brings leading voices in the field together.
Artist, writer and scholar Coco Fusco presents a virtual talk, presenting research on Cuban artists confronting the state, and work dealing with repressed histories of the revolutionary era in Cuba. This talk will be followed by a Q&A moderated by U‑M Professor Larry La Fountain-Stokes (American Culture, Latino/a Studies, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Women’s and Gender Studies).
This talk proposes that it is time to unbuild the world.
A night of creative healing and artistic expression with writer, artist, and activist Natasha Thomas.
Join us on September 24 at 7:30 pm for a live happening on the Ann Arbor campus with local performance artist Dani Darling.
How would you map what you have felt and experienced over the last 18 months? Join Yo-Yo Ma, Michigan artists Nour Ballout, Tunde Olaniran, and Avery Williamson, and four U-M students on a journey into our hearts.
Students and the U-M community are invited to visit the Talking Hearts Conversations Spaces where they can reflect on the past 18 months using the Conversation Guide or the Drawing Guide, created to help people to get in touch with their emotional journeys from throughout the pandemic.
The second in a two-part series exploring the ways artists and institutions in the Detroit area have persevered and even thrived during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first in a two-part series exploring how artists and institutions in the Detroit area have persevered and even thrived during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Join American Artist and Salome Asega, artists whose work explores themes of art, technology, and activism in conversation with Marisa Olson, a fellow practitioner and Executive Director of the Digital Studies Institute. They will discuss the role of the arts in framing and producing social justice commentary and the ways in which they use technology to both critique and intervene in the problematics often posed by technology.
A new residency with international performing artist Yo-Yo Ma, with a Steering Committee of artists and U-M students, will explore the development of new variations of maps that will express what the U-M community has experienced in the past year.
For our arts institutions to be truly useful to future audiences, our panelists ask, can we rethink and repair these institutions to make them more relevant? Or, should we knock them all down and rebuild new institutions?
A discussion with the design team behind UVA's Memorial to Enslaved Laborers
Performance artist Ayana Evans in conversation with Reginald Jackson
Broadening Audiences for the Arts
Moving toward an anti-racist future requires imagining it. This year the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Arts Initiative, the Center for Socially-Engaged Design and the XR Initiative at the Center for Academic Innovation are hosting a Creative Challenge: Envisioning an Anti-Racist World that invites students to create projects in the Winter 2021 semester that imagine, through art and technology, the anti-racist future we want to build. Learn more at an info session on November 9.
This session is for any UM faculty, staff, or student interested in pursuing funding for arts projects, and developing collaborative projects with an arts focus.