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Art Outta Town

Art Outta Town is a program offering a number of off– campus trips each semester for a low student price which includes transportation, food, and tickets. These trips are a perfect way to explore arts and culture beyond the campus with your residence hall, student organization, or other campus groups, and to meet new people who love the arts. Check back in the fall for our 2017-18 Art Outta Town trips!

Detroit Gallery Crawl

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Detroit, MI

11am-6:30pm

About the Trip: This Art Outta Town trip includes your transportation to two arts-rich neighborhoods for just $5! This trip is open to the whole U of M community, but seating is limited, so register today!

About the Gallery Crawl: You've heard great things about the art scene in Detroit, now here's your chance to experience it! On this trip you'll explore two Detroit neighborhoods where you can walk between interesting art galleries, museums, and maker spaces showing a wide range of local, national and international art! In each neighborhood, we'll provide you with a map and information about what you might find at the various locations. Among the stops on last year's trip were Red Bull House of Art, MOCAD, Scarab Club, Detroit Artists Market, N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, and Detroit Contemporary... a great introduction to Detroit's art scene!

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ArtPrize Nine

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Grand Rapids, MI

9:45am-9pm

About the Trip: This Art Outta Town trip includes your transportation to the free event and a sack lunch for just $10! This trip is open to all current U of M students, but seating is limited, so register today!

About Art Prize: ArtPrize is an open, independently organized international art competition which takes place for 19 days each fall in Grand Rapids, MI. The ArtPrize Nine exhibition rethinks the way urban space is transformed, bringing innovative applications of color, light and sound to unconventional spaces. Over 1500 artists will exhibit their work in downtown venues and winners will be determined by public vote and jury. Spend the day looking at art all over the city, voting, and mingling with other voters.

Detroit Art + Architecture Tour

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Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Detroit, MI

11:45am-5pm

About the trip: This Art Outta Town trip includes a tour of art and architecture in downtown Detroit for just $5! This trip is open to the whole U-M community, but seating is limited, so register today!

About the tour: The Detroit Experience Factory will lead participants on a walking tour of the major landmarks, new developments, and great historical spots of downtown Detroit from an insider’s perspective. You’ll also learn about how the themes emerging from the new Detroit are community, collaboration and creativity. Highlights include Campus Martius Park, the Spirit of Detroit, Hart Plaza, the Guardian Building, Skillman Branch – Detroit Public Library, The Belt, the Z Lot as well as art exhibitions at The Carr Center and The Library Street Collective!

Toledo Museum of Art - Kehinde Wiley's A New Republic Exhibition

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Toledo, OH

11am-4pm

About the Trip: This Art Outta Town trip includes your transportation to the Toledo Museum of Art for just $5! This trip is open to the whole U-M community, but seating is limited, so register today!

About A New Republic and the Museum: In honor of Black History Month we'll be traveling to the Toledo Museum of Art to explore artist Kehinde Wiley's exhibition A New Republic. This exhibition features Wiley's signature portraits that draw attention to the absence of African Americans from historical and cultural narratives by placing contemporary black subjects in paintings that mimic the style of the Old Masters. The exhibition also features a selection of bronze portrait busts and stained glass "paintings" from the artist’s ongoing World Stage project. The Museum features 30,000 works of art that represent American and European painting, the history of art in glass, ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works, Asian and African art, medieval art, sculpture, decorative arts, graphic arts, and modern and contemporary art. There will also be glass blowing demonstrations!

Detroit Gallery Crawl

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Detroit, MI

11am-5pm

About the Trip: This Art Outta Town trip includes your transportation to two different neighborhoods with art galleries for just $5! This trip is open to the whole U of M community, but seating is limited, so register today!

About the Gallery Crawl: We're organizing a trip to a couple different neighborhoods where you can walk between a handful of interesting art galleries showing a wide range of local, national and international art! In each neighborhood, we'll provide you with a map and information about what you might find at the various locations. Among the stops on last year's trip were Red Bull House of Art, MOCAD, Scarab Club, Detroit Artists Market, N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, and Detroit Contemporary... a great introduction to Detroit's art scene!

ArtPrize 2016

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Grand Rapids, MI

9:45am-9pm

About the Trip: This Art Outta Town trip includes your transportation to the free event and a sack lunch for just $10! This trip is open to all current U of M students, but seating is limited, so register today!

About Art Prize: It's a radically open art competition, giving away the world's largest art prize! Part arts festival, part social experiment - this international art contest is decided by public vote. Over 1500 artists will exhibit their work in venues city-wide, hoping to get your vote. You can use your phone to vote for your favorite pieces. Spend the day looking at art all over the city, voting, and mingling with other voters.

First Fridays Ypsilanti - Art and Culture Walk

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Ypsilanti, MI

5:30-9:30pm

About the Trip: This Art Outta Town trip will explore the art and culture of Downtown Ypsilanti through First Fridays Ypsilanti. Join us in a self-guided walking tour of art exhibitions, musical performances, and more! This trip is FREE to attend and registration is required.

About First Fridays Ypsilanti: On the first Friday of each month participating venues in Downtown Ypsilanti offer free art activities involving local artists, musicians, and/or tastings as a part of a monthly art and culture walk called First Fridays Ypsilanti.

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Detroit Gallery Crawl

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Detroit, MI

11am-5pm

About the Trip: This Art Outta Town trip includes your transportation to two different neighborhoods with art galleries for just $5! This trip is open to the whole U of M community, but seating is limited, so register today!

About the Gallery Crawl: We're organizing a trip to a couple different neighborhoods where you can walk between a handful of interesting art galleries showing a wide range of local, national and international art! In each neighborhood, we'll provide you with a map and information about what you might find at the various locations. Among the stops on last year's trip were Red Bull House of Art, MOCAD, Scarab Club, Detroit Artists Market, N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, and Detroit Contemporary... a great introduction to Detroit's art scene!

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ArtPrize 2015

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Grand Rapids, MI

9:45am-9pm

About the Trip: This Art Outta Town trip includes your transportation to the free event and a sack lunch for just $10! This trip is open to all current U of M students, but seating is limited, so register today!

About Art Prize: It's a radically open art competition, giving away the world's largest art prize! Part arts festival, part social experiment — this international art contest is decided by public vote. Over 1500 artists will exhibit their work in venues city-wide, hoping to get your vote. You can use your phone to vote for your favorite pieces. Spend the day looking at art all over the city, voting, and mingling with other voters.

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Sweet Pea's Mama

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Detroit Repertory Theatre

Depart at 1:30pm

About the Trip: This Art Outta Town trip includes your ticket to the play and transportation for just $10! This trip is open to all current U of M students, but seating is limited, so register today!

About the Play: Each year, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we arrange an Art Outta Town trip. This year, we will be seeing the Detroit Repertory Theatre's production of Sweet Pea's Mama. In Sweet Pea's Mama, Coralee is a maid for Abigail and her family. Among other things she cares for Georgie, Abigail's grown developmentally challenged son whom she affectionately calls Sweet Pea. On the day Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated, tragedy occurs in Abigail's home as well that has a devastating affect on everyone, including Coralee's angry young son, Jerome. In the end dignity and familial love are put to an ultimate test.

Located in the heart of Detroit, the Repertory has remained in the theatre vanguard by staunchly advocating interracial casting, creating novel audience development techniques, stressing theatrical relevancy, inventing an array of cultural and educational community services, and playing an active role in neighborhood revitalization.

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Detroit Gallery Crawl

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

11am-5pm

Detroit, MI

Want to get out of town? Sign up to join us as we explore some of Detroit's great art galleries!

About the Trip: This Art Outta Town trip includes your transportation to three different neighborhoods with art galleries for just $5! This trip is open to the whole U of M community, but seating is limited, so register today!

About the Gallery Crawl: We're organizing a trip to three different neighborhoods where you can walk between a handful of interesting art galleries showing a wide range of local, national and international art! In each neighborhood, we'll provide you with a map and information about what you might find at the various locations. Among the expected stops will be Red Bull House of Art, MOCAD, Scarab Club, Detroit Artists Market, N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, and Detroit Contemporary... a great introduction to Detroit's art scene!

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ArtPrize 2014

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

9:45am-9pm

Grand Rapids, MI

Want to get out of town? Sign up for our annual trip to ArtPrize in Grand Rapids on Saturday October 4, 2014!

About the Trip: This Art Outta Town trip includes your transportation to the free event and a sack lunch for just $10! This trip is open to all current U of M students, but seating is limited, so register today!

About Art Prize: It's a radically open art competition, giving away the world's largest art prize! Part arts festival, part social experiment — this international art contest is decided by public vote. Over 1500 artists will their work in venues city-wide, hoping to get your vote. You can use your phone to text a vote for your favorite pieces. They'll be narrowed down to 10 finalists, and then voters will pick the big winner! Spend the day looking at art all over the city, voting, and mingling with other voters.

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