The Arts Initiative is dedicated to providing a platform for University of Michigan students to share their artistic voice and creativity! These programs showcase a wide range of student creative work.
See weekly posts from our students writers and artists illuminating their thoughts and experiences with the arts!
Arts Initiative believes there is an artist inside each of us. These competitions are your opportunity to share your artistic genius, exhibit your work for the University community and win some prizes! Competitions will be held periodically throughout the year, with calls for art using different themes and mediums. Submissions are narrowed down by staff, and then the finalists are voted on by the public in the Unions and by the U-M Community online. Winners get great prizes, so be sure you’re signed up for Arts Info, our weekly email, so you’ll hear about our future contests and opportunities.
Black Scholars in Dance (BSID) is an organization dedicated to creating a community of Black dancers at University of Michigan. They aspire to foster Black dance education, create a supportive community, and to dance! Check out BSID's showcase on Feb. 16th at 8pm in the Dance Building!
Notably Black and Gay is founded on three tenets: fellowship, education, and activism. The organization is committed to creating an inclusive community, queering our university’s space, and creating cross-campus relationships. Check out their vogue and ballroom dance events this week!
ComCo takes inspiration from famous comedy staples such as Saturday Night Live and Whose Line is it Anyway?, channeling the same sort of improvised and random sense of humor. Check out their latest show "Friend Zone Touchdown" on Feb. 16th at 8pm in Angell Hall Auditorium A!
Learn About Student Arts Orgs
Ann Arbor has tons of arts happening at any time. Find art around town, discover opportunities, and read about the local arts scene!
Our student bloggers review arts events and discuss the local arts scene.
Arts Info is your weekly guide for arts events around Ann Arbor, student arts opportunities, information about and resources for student arts organizations, and student creative work!
Ann Arbor and U-M have a vibrant art scene with a constant array of arts events. Find weekly recommendations and resources on how to find and attend events.
View a list of opportunities aimed at students who want to share their artistic talents. Photo and design competitions, auditions, and calls for entry and more!
The U-M Arts Initiative seeks to illuminate and expand human connections, inspire collaborative creativity, and build a more just and equitable world through the arts.
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Visit U-M's Arts & Culture website to keep up with the latest arts news, and to explore the University's museums, cultural attractions, performance venues, public art, and more.
Many of the pages on our site feature artwork from students and alumni from the university. We change the photographs and designs periodically, drawing from the Student Creative Work section of this site.