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U-M Arts Initiative Signature


Culture Corps

Principal Investigators


Humanities Collaboratory + Department of American Culture

Culture Corps will be a cohort of undergraduate students who take a mini-course together and then are placed in paid internships at arts and culture organizations in Southeast Michigan. Its goals are to encourage and expose students interested in arts and humanities majors to career pathways, to encourage and support students who might not know how to get started in arts and culture careers, and to support a breadth of SE Michigan art and culture organizations with a consistent group of paid students. The Humanities Collaboratory Equity Initiative supported a research phase of Culture Corps over the summer of 2021, to determine best practices for establishing relationships with internship hosts, the types of structures that promote quality experiences for students, and the historic trajectories that have shaped arts institutions' values and affecting their ability to attract a diverse staff.

Download the Culture Corps Report Overview

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The first cohort of the Culture Corps begins on March 7, with a 2-credit course in the Department of American Culture.

Partnering Host Organizations:

  • Detroit Public Theatre
  • InsideOut Literary Arts, Detroit
  • Ann Arbor-based Creative Washtenaw
  • Living Arts, Detroit
  • The Wright Museum, Detroit
  • Culture Source, Detroit
  • Arab-American Museum, Dearborn

Interested in becoming a host organization? Contact to learn more.