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U-M Arts Initiative Signature


Public Art and Engagement: Faculty and Staff Fellowship

Principal Investigators


Arts Initiative

Apply to join a two-year paid residency open for UM faculty and staff from across the University focused on public art and social engagement. The residency will be led by U-M Curator in Residence, Dr. Paul Farber, a U-M alum and Director/Cofounder of nonprofit Monument Lab.

The focus of the residency includes attention to the intersections of artistic, public, curricular, and civically engaged projects – especially those that also approach narrative change, policy influence, and justice frameworks.

Up to five residents will be selected by the Arts Initiative and participate in six sessions from Fall 2022–Fall 2023, including research trips across the region and to Monument Lab’s HQ in Philadelphia. Each resident will receive $1200 and travel support. The goal of the residency is to support faculty and staff work on public art, interdisciplinary artist collaborations and commissions, and engaged projects with local/regional partners. Beyond committed presence and participation, there are no required outcomes of this residency.

Applicants are encouraged from across the University, at all levels of experience in public projects. This opportunity is open to faculty (tenure-track, practice-/research-track, lecturers), staff, and postdoctoral fellows.

To apply, please upload a statement of interest, below, by June 15, 2022.

Join a Zoom session with Curator-in-Residence Paul Farber on Thursday, May 5 at 4:00 to learn more:

Fellowship Commitment:

Fall 2022
Session 1 Intensive: Philadelphia Trip; Fall Break Oct. 15-17
Session 2: Ann Arbor Visit

Winter 2023
Session 3: Regional MI Site Visit
Session 4: Regional MI Site Visit

Fall 2023
Session 5: Campus Commission
Session 6: Campus Commission

Sessions 2-6 will be scheduled with the final cohort.