The inaugural UpstART Festival puts the arts in motion, leaping up to reconnect us to what has lived among us all along. The UpstART Festival lifts up the arts, both disruptive and beautiful, on the University of Michigan campus, from expression to performance, and from scholarship to research. By using the arts as both our prism and touchstone, we see how the arts permeate and influence learning across all disciplines on campus.
Over a four day period, students with a passion for art, whether curricular or co-curricular, will showcase their work reflecting all forms of artistic expression, from music to visual art, from theater and dance to poetry and film – culminating with a free student show at the Power Center. Student visual work will be on exhibit in the Michigan League throughout the festival period. An interactive art project will take place over a 10-day period through the end of the festival on Ingalls Mall. Distinguished alumni and faculty will inspire with their MTalks at the Mendelssohn Theatre. These special events will be a centerpiece for a semester already rich with arts opportunities, all of which will be made very accessible through a variety of communications tools, and updated daily.
We in the UM community are all UpstARTs as we explore and express who we are and what we are becoming. Grasp this opportunity to engage in an ongoing, inclusive and campus-wide dialogue about and through the arts -- a dialogue that will revisit and revitalize what we have known all along -- that the University of Michigan has been, and will continue to be, a leader in the arts.