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Program Partners

An expanded range and volume of public programs will provide multiple points of entry and opportunities to engage with the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. A family of distinctive and historic partnerships instigated by the Museum will link to more diverse communities, building new audiences and moving beyond the galleries themselves. The following partnerships will showcase the extraordinary talent found here at Michigan and in the community. 

Launching with the presentation of Mohammed Bennis and the Hmadcha Ensemble on April 18 and 19, and continuing in the 2009-10 season, one of the most vibrant arts presenters in the country, the University Musical Society (UMS)will partner with UMMA to co-present performing artists, as well as educational events related to its programs in music, dance, and theater. In the same way that the Museum, through its new Irving Stenn, Jr. Family Project Gallery, will offer an ongoing exhibition series devoted to emerging contemporary visual artists (some of whom will offer talks under the auspices of UMMA and the UM School of Art and Design’s Penny Stamps Distinguished Visitors Series), the UMS-UMMA partnership is designed to engage audiences looking for the unexpected and the provocative.

The UM Program in Creative Writing and its Zell Visiting Writers Series brings between 15 and 20 major writers to campus every year. Especially attracted to UMMA’s new facility and its potential to grow audiences, these popular events will now have a home at the Museum. In addition, the program plans to hold readings by its MFA students,The Webster Reading Series, at the Museum.

The Museum and the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts) will offer curated series and special programs throughout the academic year in UMMA’s new state-of-the-art Helmut Stern Auditorium, outfitted to enable film and digital media projection.

Known for offering a wide range of hands-on classes to children and adults in their downtown home, the Ann Arbor Art Center is partnering with UMMA to bring to campus courses and one-time workshops that will build off of the Museum’s exhibitions and collections and foster lifelong habits of art making. Expected to launch in earnest this summer, join us at the Community Open House on March 28 and 29 [link to activities during Open House] to get a preview of what’s to come.

Beginning this June, the esteemed and energetic Ann Arbor Summer Festival, a sparkling series of indoor and outdoor performing arts and film events, and UMMA will partner to bring “cutting edge” performance to the intimate venues inside the Museum.

Similar partnerships with the University’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, and School of Art and Design are hoped for to showcase the extraordinary talent found here at Michigan.

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