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Artscapade is at UMMA on Friday, August 31, 7-10pm
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Arts at Michigan and the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) celebrate Welcome Week through Artscapade -- an evening of art-making, live music, dance and poetry, games, and prizes. We're looking for volunteers to help with Artscapade! As a volunteer you'll meet new students, explore UMMA, help run fun arts activities, and get a free Artscapade t-shirt! We hope that you will join us to kick off the new year with Arts at Michigan!

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Arbor Brewing Company, Ypsilanti; August 18-19
$1 suggested door donation

DIYpsi Summer Festival features 75 Vendors reppin' the best in handmade and vintage from around the corner to around the country, hand crafted food, coffee + brews, and full lineup of local and regional indie music. 21+ (unless with a parent or guardian) on Saturday / 18+ on Sunday. Park in the grass field behind the brewery if the main lot is full. Parking is also available in the public lot along Frog Island Park and throughout Depot Town.

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Liberty Plaza; Thursday, August 16, 11:30am-1pm

Bank of Ann Arbor's Sonic Lunch is an awesome outdoor summer concert series that rocks Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza Thursdays at lunch time each summer. In a time when everything is big, fast and bombastic, it's rare to find an artist who can hush a room with just the power of her voice or the will of her pen. Caitlyn Smith has also been a wildly successful songwriter since 2012 writing songs for Meghan Trainor, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, Garth Brooks, Lady Antebellum, James Bay & John Legend and the television series Nashville. Caitlyn will be joined by the epic debut of Erin Zindle & TJ Zindle of The Ragbirds new dup "The Zindles".

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The Ark; Thursday, August 16, 8pm

The Ark is widely known to have one of the best singing audiences in the country. For the third year running, we celebrate that with a full night devoted to songs that everyone can sing. Michigan’s own Matt Watroba has devoted the last few years of his musical work to spreading community singing throughout the country. Matt will transform the audience into a spontaneous choir. Says Matt: "Community singing is not performing. It exists so that all willing singers, at all levels of skill, can experience the power of song and musical participation. Performing choruses and musical groups often spring out of the community singing experience, but that is not the purpose—it’s just a welcomed consequence!"

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Ann Arbor Art Center; Friday, August 17, 6pm-9pm

When does action transcend habit to become something more meaningful? RINSE/REPEAT explores concepts of ritual or routine in creative practice, where the experience is intentional, sacred - not solely focused on the product or outcome, but on the set of actions.

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Summer Arts Scavenger Hunt

August 16: Q: Which musician will be kicking off the opening of the exhibition Beyond Borders: Global Africa with a concert at UMMA? Which U-M Stamps alum featured this artist on a song called "Low Hey"? What video concert series featured this alum artist in 2011?

We'll post a series of questions each week in this slot from May through August. All the answers can be found online, but some require the clever use of a search engine. Save your answers throughout the summer and we'll ask you to submit them via Google Form by Sunday, September 2.

The Accolades: Special Recognition Award!

The Accolades Awards recognize U-M student organizations for their outstanding achievements in the arts each year, and for their leadership in the university's vibrant arts community. Watch this video announcing the final 2018 Accolades Award winner for the Special Recognition Award!

Watch the rest of the Accolades announcement videos here »

Alternative Media

Want to share your own poetic genius? Submit a haiku to It’s easy — 5 syllables, then 7, then 5!

Check out our past Haikus on the archive page!

Share your U-M arts memories!
U-M Arts Memories

Do you have a favorite memory of the arts from your time at the University of Michigan? A performance you attended or participated in, a film you created or watched, a favorite building on campus, etc.? Submit your favorite memory of the arts at Michigan to be featured on our social media!

Blogs, Revisited: looking back on the blogs from the past year

"I pulled out my notebook, normally filled to the brim with detailed notes about each song. But this time, my notes were sparse, the specifics absent. That’s the effect this show had on me."

[art]seen blogger Aria Gerson reviewed a performance by Mo Lowda and The Humble back in March. Read the full review here »

"Dreams have always fascinated me. The word itself elicits a positive connotation, for its synonyms like goal, or fantasy."

arts, ink. columnist themichiganarchitect reflected on dreaming back in March. Read the full entry here »

Ann Arbor Film Festival Call for Entries:
The Ann Arbor Film Festival is now accepting submissions through the end of September 2018 for the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival. The six-day festival presents nearly 40 programs, screening upwards of 180 films—of all lengths and genres—from more than 20 countries. The AAFF accepts short and feature-length animation, documentary, experimental, and narrative films.

Does your group have an upcoming audition? Do you have an opportunity for U-M students? Add it to our calendar via this form and we'll help promote it here in our weekly Arts Info email!

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