"Seven Last Words of the Unarmed" performed by U-M Men's Glee Club

Visiting Artist Integration Project

The U-M Arts Initiative launched this cyclical semester-long visiting artist program to integrate the creative vision and dynamic thinking of artists into our process of engagement and learning. Upcoming deadline: November 6, 2023

Visiting Artist Support Grants

Intended for established visiting artists and residency programs, these grants aim to increase capacity and expand engagement on campus. Upcoming deadline: March 11, 2024

Positive Business Conference Amplified Call for Artists

The U-M Ross School of Business Center for Positive Organizations and the University of Michigan Arts Initiative seek several artists to each lead group sessions for The Positive Business Conference Amplified on Thursday, May 9, 2024. Artists will develop and facilitate co-creation and/or workshop-style learning sessions that invite those from the world of business and organizations into an engaging, inclusive, and imaginative discovery process focused on understanding how we can best amplify human-centered approaches to organizing during times of disruption and grief. Upcoming deadline: March 18, 2024.

U-M Artist-in-Residence Award

Beginning in Fall 2024 and biennially thereafter, the Arts Initiative will award one distinguished artist an academic year-long residency with strong public components. Nominations will be accepted from August 14, 2023 through November 30, 2023.

A Travel Guide for Talking Hearts

A Travel Guide for Talking Hearts seeks to engage multiple audiences – students and members of University of Michigan’s communities – in a creative process that strengthens our human connection during the global coronavirus pandemic, the current transition period, and the evolution to a new normal.


The University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) announced a partnership today with renowned nonprofit public art and history studio Monument Lab. In conjunction with this partnership, Dr. Farber will also serve as the University of Michigan Arts Initiative’s first-ever Curator-in-Residence.