Art Outta Town is a program offering a number of off– campus trips each semester for a low student price which includes transportation, tickets, and sometimes food or swag! 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.
Sunday, December 3, 2023
East Lansing, MI
Event has already passed.
About the trip: Join us to see the hit musical Hairspray! We’ll travel together on a blue bus to the Wharton Center for Performing Arts in East Lansing, where you’ll have the chance to see this touring Broadway production. Tickets are $15 and include round trip transportation and admission to the show. Space is limited so buy your tickets now!
About Hairspray: Hairspray, Broadway’s Tony Award winning musical comedy phenomenon is back on tour! Join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world? Featuring the beloved score of hit songs including “Welcome to the ‘60s,” “Good Morning Baltimore,” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” Hairspray is “fresh, winning, and deliriously tuneful!” (The New York Times).
Saturday, November 11, 2023
12:30 - 6:00pm
About the trip: We will travel as a group via a U-M Blue Bus to and from the Toledo Museum of Art, where you can enjoy a self-guided tour through the wide variety of art the museum has to offer - including paintings, sculpture, glasswork, and more! This trip is FREE to attend but registration is required, and space is limited so sign up now to secure your spot!
About the Toledo Museum of Art: The Toledo Museum of Art is an internationally known art museum, with over 30,000 objects spread across 45 galleries. In addition to their wide range of permanent exhibitions, they are also featuring temporary exhibits exploring sculpture, ceramics, and reassessments of American history through art.
Saturday, October 7, 2023
About the trip: Explore the Holy Bones Festival in Ypsilanti! We will leave as a group from Ann Arbor and travel to the Ypsilanti Performance Space using TheRide bus. You’ll be free to explore the festival on your own and return whenever you choose on TheRide. This trip includes admission to the event and is FREE to attend, but registration is required.
About Holy Bones Festival: Holy Bones is a celebration of all things weird and wonderful! This year's 5th Annual Festival will feature over 80 local artisans, drag and burlesque shows, food trucks, a short film debut, and more.
Sunday, September 24, 2023
1:30 - 7:00pm
About the trip: This Art Outta Town trip includes transportation to Detroit’s historic Fisher Theatre and your ticket to see Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse Live in Concert for just $15! This trip is open to all current U-M students. Seating for the trip is limited so register today!
About Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse Live in Concert: This event pairs a screening of the Academy Award-winning animated film with live musicians and turntables featuring a DJ scratcher live on stage. Daniel Pemberton composed a sprawling score of boundary-pushing original music that is complimented with song contributions by Post Malone, Lil Wayne, Jaden Smith, and Nicki Minaj. The hip-hop-based score results in a sonic universe that is woven throughout the fabric of the film, supporting its themes of resilience and universal heroism.
Presented by the Arts Initiative, Trotter Multicultural Center, and SMTD Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
Saturday, April 1, 2023
6:30pm - midnight
About the trip: This Art Outta Town trip includes transportation to Detroit’s historic Fisher Theatre and your ticket to see Chicago the Musical for just $20! This trip is open to all current U-M students. Seating for the trip is limited so register today!
About Chicago the Musical: After 25 years, Chicago is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake: a universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz, with one show-stopping song after another and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. Chicago has been honored with 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy®, and thousands of standing ovations!
Sunday, March 12, 2023
12:00 - 5:30pm
About the trip: Explore a wide variety of art mediums in the second largest art museum in Michigan! You’ll have the chance to experience glass-blowing demonstrations, a screening of the film Corsage, and a wide range of art exhibitions including Expressions: Works on Paper by African American Artists and Breaking the Mold: European Cast Glass. Tickets are $6, which includes admission and transportation to and from the museum.
About the Flint Institute of Arts: The Flint Institute of Arts is the second largest art museum in Michigan and one of the largest museum-connected community art schools in the United States. Their world-renowned collection exceeds 8,500 objects. The FIA promotes the power of the visual arts by providing lifelong learning opportunities to engage and educate a diverse regional audience.
Friday, November 4, 2022
5:30 - 9:30pm
About the trip: Explore the art and culture of Downtown Ypsilanti on Art Outta Town: First Fridays Ypsilanti! We'll travel together on TheRide bus and provide you with a map to all the art exhibitions, activities, and musical performances, so you can explore on your own! This trip is FREE to attend and registration is required.
About First Fridays Ypsilanti: Downtown Ypsilanti has a variety of restaurants, shops, and galleries. First Fridays Ypsilanti opens those venues up on the first Friday of the month for free art activities involving local artists, musicians, and more!
Saturday, September 25
About the trip: This Art Outta Town trip includes your transportation to and from DLECTRICITY! DLECTRICITY is a light-based art and technology festival in Midtown Detroit! This trip is open to all current U-M students, but seating is limited, so register today!
About DLECTRICITY: DLECTRICITY, inspired by Nuit Blanche arts festivals from around the world, has presented three major light-based art + technology festivals in 2012, 2014 and 2017. Produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI), the spectacular outdoor visual light + art celebration takes place in Detroit’s Cultural Center and DTE’s Beacon Park. Attendees are immersed in a landscape of light through groundbreaking installations of video art, new media, lasers, interactive design and engineering, and captivating performance.
Saturday, February 1
About the trip: Transport yourself to a space that seems endlessly expansive through artist
Yayoi Kusama's installation of Fireflies on the Water! This Art Outta Town trip includes your
transportation to the Toledo Museum of Art and your ticket to the installation! You'll also have
time to check out the rest of the museum. This trip is open to all current U of M students. Seating
for this trip is limited so register today!
About Kusama: Yayoi Kusama’s artistic practice spans seven decades, and her paintings,
sculpture, and installations have left an indelible mark on both the art world and 20th and 21st
century popular culture at large. The unbound creativity and complexity of Kusama’s own psyche has
exerted a strong influence on the artist and her practice throughout her life. Fireflies on the Water
speaks to Kusama’s ongoing investigation into the relationship between ourselves, the space that we
occupy, and the ungraspable concept of infinity.
Refunds will not be issued for this trip.
Saturday, December 7, 2019
About the trip: Discover a whole new world at the hit broadway musical Disney's Aladdin! This
Art Outta Town trip includes your transportation to the Wharton Center for Performing Arts and your
ticket to the musical for just $25! This trip is open to all current U of M students. Seating for this
trip is limited so register today!
About Aladdin: In the middle-eastern town of Agrabah,
Princess Jasmine is feeling hemmed in by her father’s desire to find her a royal groom. Meanwhile, the
Sultan’s right-hand man, Jafar, is plotting to take over the throne. When Jasmine sneaks out of the palace
incognito, she forms an instant connection with Aladdin, a charming street urchin and reformed thief. After
being discovered together, Aladdin is sentenced to death, but Jafar saves him by ordering him to fetch a
lamp from the Cave of Wonders. Where there’s a lamp, there’s a Genie, and once Aladdin unwittingly lets
this one out, anything can happen! Will Aladdin’s new identity as “Prince Ali” help him win Jasmine’s heart
and thwart Jafar’s evil plans? Will the Genie’s wish for freedom ever come true?
Saturday, September 28, 2019
About the trip: This Art Outta Town trip includes your transportation and admission to
The Heidelberg Project and the Detroit Institute of Arts for just $10! This trip is open to all
current U of M students. Seating for this trip is limited so reserve your spot today!
About the Heidelberg Project and Humble and Human at the DIA: Explore the evolution of the visual arts on this Art Outta Town trip!
We'll start by taking a tour through the vibrant outdoor art environment The Heidelberg Project
created by Neo-Expressionist artist Tyree Guyton. Then we'll head over to the Humble and Human
exhibition at the DIA to view more than forty classic works of art from Impressionist and
Post-Impressionists artists Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, and more!
Saturday, March 30, 2019
About the trip: This Art Outta Town trip includes your transportation
and admission to the interactive art installation The Beach for just $5! You'll
also have time to explore other exciting spots in Downtown Detroit. This trip is
open to all current U of M students. Seating for this trip is limited and
registrations must be submitted by Tuesday, March 26 (no exceptions). Refunds
will not be issued for this trip.
About The Beach: The Beach, by New York-based design group Snarkitecture,
reimagines the familiar natural and cultural elements of a day at the beach to
create an unexpected and memorable experience for people of all ages. Visitors
ascend a ramp before entering an all-white enclosure, where the floor descends
towards the highlight of the experience - an ocean of recyclable, antimicrobial
plastic balls. Two piers extend out into the ‘sea’, allowing people to stand
in the center of the space and watch others, while a separate island in the
centre invites exploration and discovery. Visual cues such as deck chairs,
lifeguard chairs, umbrellas, and signage recall elements of the typical
beach-going experience, however, these elements are made surreal by a monochrome
uniformity throughout the interior spaces.
Saturday, February 2, 2019
About the trip: This Art Outta Town trip includes your transportation and ticket
to the musical Evita for just $20! This trip is open to all current U of M students.
Seating for this trip is limited so register today!
About Art Prize: The Broadway hit Evita follows the rise of ambitious Eva Perón
as she becomes the beloved iconic Argentinian First Lady, worshiped by many. The Grammy
Award-winning score combines Latin, music, pop, jazz and musical theatre.
Saturday, December 8, 2018
About the trip: This Art Outta Town trip includes your transportation to and from
DIYpsi Holiday Market for
free! This trip is open to all current U-M students, but space is limited, so register today!
About Art Prize: DIYpsi is a biannual indie art fair in Ypsilanti. The Holiday Market
will feature 90+ of the best indie artists Ypsilanti and the region has to offer for a one
of a kind shopping experience that will take care of everyone on your list. You can also
enjoy yummy treats, live performances, and make and take activities!
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Grand Rapids, MI
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 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.
Friday, April 6, 2018
About the trip: Explore the art and culture of Downtown Ypsilanti on Art Outta Town:
First Fridays Ypsilanti! We'll provide you with transport and map to 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: Downtown Ypsilanti has a variety of restaurants, shops,
and galleries. First Fridays Ypsilanti opens those venues up on the first Friday of the
month for free art activities involving local artists, musicians, and/or tastings!
Saturday, February 17, 2018
About the trip: This Art Outta Town trip includes a tour of the Motown Museum
and access to the D-Cyphered exhibition at the DIA in Detroit for just $12! This trip
is open to the whole U-M community, but seating is limited, so register today!
About From Motown to Hip-Hop: Explore Detroit music, then and now! This trip will
visit two locations. First, you'll take a tour of the Motown Museum in Detroit featuring
historic photos, stage uniforms, and instruments. The tour will include a visit to the
original Studio A, where hit after hit was recorded from 1959 to 1972! The second stop of
the trip will take you to the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) where you'll see the
exhibition D-Cyphered: Portraits by Jenny Risher. This exhibition features a photographic
timeline of the Detroit hip-hop scene from 2015-2017. You'll also have time to visit the
rest of the DIA too!
Saturday, November 11, 2017
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 Detroit 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!