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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.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Sunday, January 26, 2014

11:45am-4:30pm

Detroit, MI

Want to get out of town? Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month at the world’s largest African American museum!

About the trip: This Art Outta Town trip costs just $5 for transportation and your ticket to the museum! Explore 125,000 square feet of galleries and exhibitions, browse the gift shop, and become immersed in the history, culture, and origins of the African American experience.

About the museum: The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. The museum provides learning opportunities, exhibitions, programs, and events based on collections and research that explore the diverse history and culture of African Americans and their African origins. Housing over 30,000 artifacts and archival materials, the museum is home to the Blanche Coggin Underground Railroad Collection, Harriet Tubman Museum Collection, Coleman A. Young Collection, Sheffield Collection, and a repository of documents of the labor movement in Detroit. The museum also features:

  • 125,000 square feet and seven exhibition areas devoted to African Americans and their stories.
  • And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture, the museum's 22,000 square foot, interactive core exhibit.
  • The Ford Freedom Rotunda and its 100 feet in diameter by 65 feet high glass dome; this architectural wonder is two feet wider than the State Capitol dome.
  • Ring of Genealogy, a 37 foot terrazzo tile creation by artist Hubert Massey surrounded by bronze nameplates of prominent African Americans in history.
  • 92 flags displayed alphabetically by country and origin; these nations are places where significant numbers of African descendants reside.
  • The Louise Lovett Wright Library and Robert L. Hurst Research Center.
  • The General Motors Theater, a 317-seat facility for live performances, film screenings, lectures, presentations and more.
  • A Museum Store that sells authentic African and African American art, books and merchandise.

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Pewabic Pottery: Hands-on Workshop and Studio Tour

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

11:45am-4:30pm

Detroit, MI

Want to get out of town? Create your own ceramic tile, explore the studio and gallery, and learn about Pewabic’s historic legacy in Detroit since 1903!

About the trip: For just $10, we’ll take you there and you’ll be able to get your hands dirty in Pewabic’s unique glazes and clay to create a work of art! You’ll also get a behind-the-scenes look at the fabrication studio, explore galleries and exhibitions, and browse the gift shop. Note: Pewabic will fire the tiles and ship them back to the University of Michigan for pick up in a few weeks.

About Pewabic Pottery: Pewabic Pottery is a living treasure and offers visitors an exciting glimpse of a little known part of American history. It was founded in 1903 by artist Mary Chase Perry Stratton for her studio and pottery. Today Pewabic is a non-profit ceramic design studio, education center and National Historic Landmark. Welcoming over 40,000 local, U.S. and international visitors annually, Pewabic is open all year long. It is Pewabic's mission to engage people in learning experiences with contemporary ceramic art and artists and to promote and preserve our historic legacy. A century-long legacy of designs and fabrication of architectural tile continues for hundreds of clients nationwide. Pewabic also offers classes to adults and children and teaches ceramics in many Detroit and other local schools. Committed to Detroit’s eastside revitalization, Pewabic is now expanding its campus.

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ArtPrize 2013

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

9:45am-9pm

Grand Rapids, MI

Want to get out of town? Sign up for our trip to ArtPrize in Grand Rapids on Saturday September 28, 2013!

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 solely on a 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 or 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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Friday Night Live at the DIA

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Friday, March 22

5:30 - 10:30 pm

Want to get out of town and see some amazing works of art? Join us at the DIA for Friday Night Live! on March 22 from 5:30-10:30pm!

This Art Outta Town trip includes admission to the museum, transportation, and all the exciting arts activities that will be going on there… All for just $10! This trip is open to all current U of M students and members of the U of M community, but seating is limited, so register today!

The DIA has been a beacon of culture in the Detroit area for well over a century. The DIA's collection is among the top six in the United States, comprising a multicultural and multinational survey of human creativity from prehistory through the 21st century. In addition to outstanding American, European, Modern and Contemporary, and Graphic art, the museum holds significant works of African, Asian, Native American, Oceanic, Islamic, and Ancient art.

For Friday Night Live!, there will be live music, art-making workshops, drawing in the galleries, guided tours and much more! Featured events include Piffaro, The Renaissance Band, and a talk with Choreographer Raplh Lemon. The Rackham Symphony Choir will also be performing Voices of Light, an orchestral concert, alongside a screening of The Passion of Joan of Arc.

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Broad Art Museum in Lansing

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

1pm - 6pm

Lansing

Looking for a way to get out of town and have some fun? Join us for an afternoon at the recently opened Eli and Edythe Broad Museum at MSU. Designed by prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid, the museum features a striking façade of pleated stainless steel and glass with more than 70 percent of the facility dedicated to exhibition space

Museum collections include Greek and Roman antiquities, medieval and Renaissance illuminations, Old Master paintings; 19th century American paintings, 20th century sculpture, and contemporary works (post 1945).

Current exhibitions include Global Groove, which explores international trends in video art from 1973 to the present, and Fritz Haeg: Domestic Integrities, which explores the patterns and rituals of local domestic landscapes using discarded clothing, athletic gear, and bed linens.

Not enough? You can also take the opportunity to visit the MSU Science and Culture Museum, just a few minutes away. It features exhibits such as Michigan and the Civil War, Evolution in Action, and Great Work of the Metal Lover.

MOTOWN MUSEUM & HEIDELBERG PROJECT

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Saturday, January 26th

12-5pm

Detroit

Each year, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we arrange an Art Outta Town trip to an arts venue that addresses themes of racial and ethnic diversity and/or social justice. This year's trip will include two stops in Detroit: the Motown Museum and The Heidelberg Project. These are two places with very different histories, but both celebrate art as a tool for community building, and honor the creativity and talents of the various artists who have been part of those respective communities.

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

About the Motown Museum: The Motown Museum is one of Southeastern Michigan's most popular tourist destinations.The Museum's mission is to preserve the legacy of Motown Record Corporation and to educate and motivate people, especially youth, through exhibitions and programs that promote the values of vision, creativity and entrepreneurship. Groups are thrilled with the enchanting walk through Motown history led by knowledgeable and enthusiastic docents. Studio A, the center stage of the tour, comes alive before the eyes of Museum guests. Visitors are encouraged to sing some classic Motown hits, as if the songs were actually being recorded! More information: http://www.motownmuseum.com/

About the Heidelberg Project: It’s an open-air art environment in the heart of an urban community on Detroit’s East Side. Tyree Guyton, founder and artistic director, uses everyday, discarded objects to create a two block area full of color, symbolism, and intrigue. Now in its 26th year, the Heidelberg Project is recognized around the world as a demonstration of the power of creativity to transform lives. More information: http://www.heidelberg.org/

DLECTRICITY

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Friday, October 5

6:00pm-12:00am

Detroit

$5 Admission fee includes transportation to and from Detroit.

Looking for a way to get outta town and have some fun? Join us for an electrified Friday evening at DLECTRICITY on Midtown’s Woodward Corridor.

DLECTRICITY is an outdoor contemporary art festival that explores the impact of art on public spaces. Artists and architects who work in light, sound, performance, and projection art will transform Midtown Detroit into a fantastic urban spectacle.

The curatorial committee, composed of representatives from MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit), the DIA, Art Detroit Now, the College for Creative Studies, and the Center for Contemporary Art, will choose up to 25 art projects to be temporarily exhibited in Midtown.

What’s with the name? From 1906 to 1928 Detroit was home to Electric Park, an amusement park located near the Belle Isle Bridge. Today, Gabriel Richard park stands in its place.

ArtPrize 2012

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

9:45am-9pm

Grand Rapids, MI

Want to get out of town?
Sign up for our trip to ArtPrize in Grand Rapids on Saturday September 29, 2012!

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 solely on a public vote. Over 1500 artists have installed their work in venues city-wide, hoping to get your vote. You can use your phone to text a vote for or against each piece. They’ll be narrowed down to 10 finalists, and then voters will pick the $250,000 winner! Spend the day looking at art all over the city, voting, and mingling with other voters.

More Information: http://www.artprize.org/

Friday Night Live at the DIA

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Friday, March 23, 2012

5:30-10:30pm

Detroit Institute of Arts

Want to get out of town and see something great? Join us at the DIA for Friday Night Live! on March 23 from 5:30-10:30pm!

About the Trip: This Art Outta Town trip includes admission to the museum, transportation, and all the exciting arts activities that will be going on there… All for just $10! This trip is open to all current U of M students, but seating is limited, so register today!

About the museum: The DIA has been a beacon of culture for the Detroit area for well over a century. The DIA's collection is among the top six in the United States, comprising a multicultural and multinational survey of human creativity from prehistory through the 21st century. In addition to outstanding American, European, Modern and Contemporary, and Graphic art, the museum holds significant works of African, Asian, Native American, Oceanic, Islamic, and Ancient art.

For Friday Night Live!, there will be live music, art-making workshops, drawing in the galleries, guided tours and much more!

More Information: http://www.dia.org/

The Whipping Man by Plowshares Theatre Company

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Friday, January 20, 2012

5:30-10pm

Want to get out of town? Join us for The Whipping Man by Plowshares Theatre Company at the Max Fisher Music Center on Friday, January 20th, at 5:30pm!

About the Trip: This Art Outta Town trip includes your ticket to the play plus 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 to a professional theatre see a play that deals with the themes of racial and social justice. This year’s play is The Whipping Man. The play is set in April 1865, and the The Civil War is over. Into the chaos of war-ravaged Richmond, Virginia comes Caleb DeLeon, a severely wounded Confederate officer who is Jewish. He finds his family’s home in ruins and abandoned. The only familiar faces left are Simon and John, two former slaves, waiting for the family to return. While they look out for signs of a return to normality, the three men struggle with their shared past and the reality of the new world they now live in.

About the Theatre Company: Plowshares Theatre Company is recognized as Michigan’s only professional African American theatre company. For over 20 years, Plowshares has been the alternative voice in metro Detroit's performing arts community. A theatre that offers a true off-Broadway experience, with the kind of entertaining, and diverse productions that has made it a favorite among discerning patrons. Plowshares is an urban theatre with a distinctly Detroit style.

More Information: http://www.plowshares.org/Play_2.html

Toledo Museum of Art

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Friday, November 4, 2011

5:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Toledo, OH

Want to get out of town and see something great? Join us at the Toledo Museum of Art on Friday, November 4th from 5:30-10:30pm!

About the Trip: This Art Outta Town trip includes admission to the museum, transportation, snacks and all the exciting arts activities that will be going on there… All for just $10! This trip is open to all current U of M students, but seating is limited, so register today!

About the museum: The Toledo Museum of Art has served the arts community since its inception in 1901 by hosting exhibitions ranging from ancient classical works to modern and contemporary art. There are currently 7 exhibitions installed, ranging from a Facebook photo competition featuring Toledo, to an Egyptian Tomb art collection, and a glass-blown metaphor of the body.

Plus, It's Friday!: Friday nights at the Toledo Museum of Art includes Club Friday Music from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM, public tours, and glass blowing demonstrations by artist Mark Matthews!

ArtPrize 2011

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

10am–8:30pm

Grand Rapids, MI

Want to get out of town?
Sign up to go to ArtPrize in Grand Rapids on Sunday, October 2nd 2010 at 10am!

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 solely on a public vote. Over 1700 artists have installed their work in venues city-wide, hoping to get your vote. They’ll be narrowed down to 10 finalists, and it’s your job to pick the $250,000 winner! Spend the day looking at art all over the city and mingling with other voters. Then cast your vote!

More Information: http://www.artprize.org/Register here: http://www3.arts.umich.edu/programs/outta/artprize/

Detroit Institute of Arts

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Friday, February 18, 2011

5:30-10:30pm

Detroit Institute of Arts

Want to get out of town and see something great?
Join us at the DIA for Friday Night Live! on February 18 from 5:30-10:30pm!

About the Trip: This Art Outta Town trip includes admission to the museum, transportation, and all the exciting arts activities that will be going on there… All for just $10! This trip is open to all current U of M students, but seating is limited, so register today!

About the museum: The DIA has been a beacon of culture for the Detroit area for well over a century. The DIA's collection is among the top six in the United States, comprising a multicultural and multinational survey of human creativity from prehistory through the 21st century. In addition to outstanding American, European, Modern and Contemporary, and Graphic art, the museum holds significant works of African, Asian, Native American, Oceanic, Islamic, and Ancient art.

For Friday Night Live!, there will be live music, art-making workshops, drawing in the galleries, guided tours and much more. Exhibitions on view will be Fakes, Forgeries and Mysteries, and photographs by Andre Kertesz, and they’ll even be screening the 2011 Academy Award Nominated Short Films!

More Information: http://www.dia.org/

Detroit Repertory Theatre: “A Lesson Before Dying”

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Friday, January 21, 2011

6pm

Detroit Repertory Theatre

Want to get out of town?

Join us for A Lesson Before Dying at the Detroit Repertory Theatre on Friday, January 21st at 6pm!

About the Trip: This Art Outta Town trip includes your ticket to the play, transportation, and pizza 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 to the Detroit Repertory Theatre to see a play that deals with the themes of racial and social justice. This year’s play is A Lesson Before Dying. In Romulus Linney’s powerful adaptation of Ernest J. Gaines prize-winning novel, a young man, Jefferson, is about to be executed for a murder he probably didn’t commit. At the trial his lawyer, trying to save his life, called him no more a human being than a hog. In prison, he acts like one, insisting he will be dragged like that hog to his death in the electric chair. His Godmother asks a schoolteacher to teach him to die like a man. The teacher faces both Jefferson and himself as execution day arrives. In 1948 Louisiana, the question is not whether or not young Jefferson will be executed, but how he will face his fate. Ernest J. Gaines’ celebrated novel makes an engrossing, moving and finally devastating play for the stage.

More Information: http://www.detroitreptheatre.com/.

ArtPrize

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

10am–8:30pm

Grand Rapids, MI

Want to get out of town?

Sign up for Artsprize in Grand Rapids on Saturday, October 2nd 2010 at 10am!

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 solely on a public vote. Over 1700 artists have installed their work in venues city-wide, hoping to get your vote. They’ll be narrowed down to 10 finalists, and it’s your job to pick the $250,000 winner! Spend the day looking at art all over the city and mingling with other voters. Then cast your vote!

Bert’s Marketplace in Detroit

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

8pm

Bert’s Marketplace

Want to get out of town?

Arts At Michigan is teaming up with FOKUS to present an Art Outta Town trip to Bert’s Marketplace in Detroit for a live Jazz Jam Session and Open Mic Night!


About The Trip: This Art Outta Town trip includes your ticket to the show and transportation, and is FREE! Plus, it has a full restaurant where you can buy food if you’re hungry.


About the Venue and performers: Bert’s Entertainment is a long standing institution in the presentation and preservation of music arts. For over 40 years Bert’s Entertainment has showcased artists of fame, greatness and a passion in their respective art forms. A place where legends meet and a place houses a group of diverse people. SBH Trio, a jazz combo, and many talented young musicians come to express themselves and collaborate musically every Thursday night for Open Mic Night. In addition to great music, Bert’s offers a great meal and a chance for students to take part in a rich cultural tradition that has sustained and thrived throughout all of Detroit’s economic struggles. Read more about Bert’s Marketplace here: http://www.bertsentertainment.com/.


Seating is limited, so please register today! For additional information, please contact Joe Levickas at levickas@umich.edu.