The U-M Arts Initiative seeks to illuminate and expand human connections, inspire collaborative creativity, and build a more just and equitable world through the arts.


The U-M Arts Initiative will make the arts central to the University’s identity and mission.

To achieve this, we will expand access to the arts on campus and beyond, activate them in student learning, and integrate the arts into research across disciplines. We will strengthen the arts ecosystem of southeast Michigan while also shaping national and global understandings of how the arts can lead social change.


Underscoring U-M’s role in the arts ecosystem of the region, the initiative’s core goals include:

  • Strengthening the student experience by expanding and integrating the arts in teaching and learning
  • Activating interdisciplinary discovery and arts research
  • Broadening and deepening partnerships with communities and the public
  • Building capacity and sustainability for the arts