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Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown Branch; Saturday, February 24, 12-3pm

Learn the art of screen printing using materials you can find at most craft stores. While screen printing can use specialized tools and processes, Modati Studios will show you that you don't need much more than a screen, paint, and glue. They will teach you how to transform your own design ideas into real world prints! Materials are provided but you are welcome to bring in fabric or t-shirts to remake them with your custom designs.

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The Ark; Saturday, February 24, 7:30pm

It's a journey to the land of the mind's eye at the annual Ark Storytelling Festival! This year's program features Michigan storytellers. On the bill are Jeff Doyle, who tells wild, funny and scary tales that will keep you on the edge of your seat; storyteller and weaver Barbara Schutzgruber; Ann Arbor's own Patti Smith and Jane Fink, and Steve Daut, who has been telling stories ever since the dog first ate his homework. Steve will tell stories in addition to MCing the show. Note special start time!

Don't have the cash for a student ticket? Did you know that an Arts At Michigan Passport voucher can get you FREE and DISCOUNTED student tickets to great events like this one? Learn more here!

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Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre; Thursday, February 22, 7pm

The Department of Theatre and Drama presents the play 14, written and directed, by Assistant Professor José Casas. 14 is inspired by a true-life event in which a smuggler abandoned 30 Mexicans crossing the desert near Yuma, AZ, resulting in 14 dying of dehydration. The play is based on interviews and public accounts of Arizonans and their different attitudes towards the contemporary issues of undocumented immigration. There will be a talkback with cast members and community members at the end of the performance. A reception will follow in the Henderson Room located in the Michigan League.

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UMMA; Thursday, February 22, 5:30-6:30pm

Robin Coste Lewis, the winner of the National Book Award for Voyage of the Sable Venus, is the poet laureate of Los Angeles. She is the writer-in-residence at the University of Southern California, a Cave Canem fellow, and a fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities. She received her BA from Hampshire College, her MFA in poetry from New York University, an MTS in Sanskrit and comparative religious literature from the Divinity School at Harvard University, and a PhD in poetry and visual studies from the University of Southern California. Lewis was born in Compton, California; her family is from New Orleans.

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Ann Arbor Art Center; Through March 17

While some artists are heavily based in traditional modalities of drawing, using drawing in preparatory ways, other artists will test the limits of what defines a “drawing” and push beyond the conventional boundaries, allowing for hybrid processes to be employed and combined. The use of such advances include, digital imaging, sculpture, performance, video, installation, painting and printmaking. This exhibition highlights artists that employ traditional drawing processes, as well as artists who move across disciplines, using “drawing” as their foundation, with an emphasis on investigative and exploratory ways of drawing.

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The Accolades- Achievement in the Arts Awards

Nominations are being accepted for The Accolades- Achievement in the Arts Awards, and we encourage you to nominate your student organization for recognition! 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. There are 18 award categories, designed to recognize the impressive range of arts organizations working across campus.

Full Info & Nomination Form: The AccoladesAwards»»

Student Arts Organization Feature: WCBN

WCBN's mission is to provide educational, adventurous and diverse Freeform radio to both the University of Michigan and the city of Ann Arbor, educating DJs and listeners on all kinds of music and perspectives outside of the mainstream.

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Submit Your Photo to the As I See It Photo Competition

As I See It Photo Competition

Arts at Michigan is seeking student photos for the As I See It Photo Competition. Submit a photo you've taken that interprets the theme "Happiness" and you could win an iPod Touch! Deadline: 3/15 at 10pm Click here to learn more and download prospectus»»

rEVOLUTION Call for Art

rEVOLUTION Call for Art

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) is now accepting submissions for its 13th annual art show, rEVOLUTION: Making Art for Change. SAPAC is calling on all artists to email their work to be displayed in this empowering art show in the beginning of April. Art of any medium is welcome, including, but not limited to: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, spoken word, and poetry. The themes of the show are gender, sexism, sexual violence, empowerment, and healing. Please e-mail submissions to and fill out this form by March 12. If your work is accepted, it will be displayed at the opening night of the art show the evening of April 6.

LINK Call for Talent
Redefine aims to promote social acceptance by informing and reinventing mass perception of marginalized people on campus. Redefine's event LINK will showcase any and all creative talents, including but not limited to: photography, singing, dancing, acapella, visual art, film, writing, etc. Redefine's goal is to have representation from nearly all cultural groups on campus in our exhibitions. Fill out this Google Form to showcase yourself by March 2. Questions? Email

Chroma: The Power and Strength of Color Call for Art
The South Asian Awareness Network and Middle East and Arab Network are seeking art and performance submissions for their annual artshow, Chroma: The Power and Strength of Color. Chroma is an art exhibit aimed at showcasing the art, creative expression, and narratives of people of color, as their work is too often unheard or invisible. The event serves as a space to not only celebrate empowerment and healing, but to share and uphold experiences. Art of any medium is welcome and all art can be submitted to Submissions for performances are due February 24; submissions for artwork are due March 6.

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