The Arts Initiative organizes gatherings like the Student Arts Org Summit, designed to bring together student organization leaders to hear their perspectives, help build community amongst student arts orgs, and to help map out the future of U-M’s student arts community.
Check out below for info about our next event, the Student Arts Org Winter Gathering! And to stay in the loop for information about other upcoming gatherings, add yourself to our Arts Info mailing list to make sure you don't miss future announcements!
Tuesday Feburary 20, 6-7:30pm
The Arts Initiative and the Center for Campus Involvement invite you to the Student Arts Org Winter Gathering, a new opportunity for student org members to come together for community-building, networking, food, and fun! The Winter Gathering will be held on Tuesday February 20th, from 6-7:30pm on Central Campus. We are not offering financial compensation for attendees at this event, but there will be food, giveaways, and maybe even some prizes. At the Student Arts Org Summit in October, many attendees expressed an interest in attending an event with more time to get to know your peers and engage in open-ended discussion, so that's what we're designing this event to offer-- Hope you can join us!
Monday, October 30, 2023
Event has already passed.
On Monday, October 30, Arts Initiative and the Center for Campus Involvement hosted the Fall 2023 Student Arts Org Summit, a gathering of nearly 80 students representing 37 student arts organizations across a range of artistic disciplines. The event was designed as a chance for students to share their perspectives, connect with peers, and help guide the future of U-M’s student arts community. The Summit provided networking opportunities meant to build community and develop collaborations, as well as breakout sessions with campus experts from across the university who answered questions about everything from set-building to event ticketing to student philanthropy. Students were polled in advance about their current goals or needs for their organization. Some frequently identified topics were funding (which 81% said they needed help with), finding collaborators (78%), bolstering outreach (55%), and finding spaces appropriate for their org’s activities (53%). The Arts Initiative is working to address these needs and the Student Arts Org Summit events are being held twice a year to continue learning about and responding to the needs of these student arts organizations.
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
On Wednesday, February 1, Arts at Michigan and the Arts Initiative hosted the first-ever Student Arts Org Summit, a gathering of 64 students representing 28 student arts organizations across a range of artistic disciplines. The event was designed as a chance for students to share their perspectives, connect with peers, and help guide the future of U-M’s student arts community. Students were polled in advance about what their organizations current goals or needs were. 77% needed help with funding, 67% sought other orgs to collaborate with, 67% needed help with outreach, 52% wanted to grow their membership and 27% needed help finding spaces appropriate for their org’s activities.