Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of August 24th
Museums, galleries, and performance venues remained closed at the University of Michigan this week due to COVID-19 restrictions, however, there are plenty of online events, exhibitions, performances, and films that you can experience from home in the meantime. Here are recommended ways to virtually engage with U-M’s cultural community this week.
SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH IN THE DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS COMMUNITY DISTRICT
In recent years, rates of child and adolescent mental illness have skyrocketed. Nearly half of adolescents in the United States will experience symptoms of a mental illness before age 18, and one in five will be severely impaired by their symptoms. These problems may be exacerbated in urban, high poverty schools. As part of the ISR Insights Speakers Series, this week’s talk featuring Robin Jacob (Co-Director U-M Youth Policy Lab) and Elizabeth Koschmann (TRAILS Program Director), will discuss data collected as part of a partnership between TRAILS (Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students), the Youth Policy Lab, and the Detroit Public Schools Community District.
When: Tuesday, August 25, 11 a.m. ET
CRAFTIVISM: UPCYCLED DIY ACTIVITY MAKING FACEMASKS FOR THE RESTORE
The LSA Sustainable Living Experience will be making face coverings to donate to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Ann Arbor. Designs and instructions will be available online for students to make remotely, and materials will be available in Noble House. No sewing necessary! Participate by leaving completed masks along with the materials available in Noble, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate drop off.
When: Through Sunday, August 30
VIRTUAL MOVIE TRIVIA NIGHT AT THE MICHIGAN THEATER
Have you got a decent memory of film history? Think you can name movies based on their quotes, posters, or music? Then join this online Zoom edition of Movie Trivia! Whether you are a fan of classic, art house or modern films this trivia night is sure to have something for you. This event is FREE and all members are welcome, so come test your skills in this family-friendly game of skill, wit and laughs. Plus, your chance to win prizes! Register ahead of time at the link below.
When: Thursday, August 27, 7 p.m. ET
Where: Register at myumi.ch/E3Nre
U-M LIBRARY: PARTY FOR YOUR MIND
The Shapiro Undergraduate Library annually hosts the big ‘Welcome’ event, called Party For Your Mind (P4YM). This inclusive and virtual event includes many activities targeted at new students and returning students. P4YM builds a sense of community, fosters institutional respect, and provides fun opportunities to meet other students before U-M classes begin. Events include an escape room, #howtolibrary, Michigan trivia, student voting information, and more!
When: Friday, August 28, 1-3 p.m. ET
VIRTUAL DRAG BINGO
Wrap up move-in week with the U-M Spectrum Center’s new Welcome event – Virtual Drag Bingo! Hosted by drag performers from the local Heads Over Heels drag troupe and Spectrum Center staff, we’ll be playing a few rounds of virtual bingo while also sharing community resources and giving out some great rainbow prizes. Registration is free and everyone can participate in the game.
When: Friday, August 28, 6-8 p.m. ET
Recurring Series Events
ARK FAMILY ROOM SERIES: MISS TESS
In-person events at The Ark are currently canceled, but until the venue can reopen, you can stay connected with the Ark Family Room Series, which brings artists on live-stream to your living room. On Tuesday, listen to Nashville artist Miss Tess. Miss Tess employs influences from jazz, country, blues, and old school rock in her new release “The Moon is an Ashtray” and defies genres while transcending eras and resisting clichés.
When: Tuesday, August 25, 8–9 p.m. ET
Next up: Brian Dunne (8/26), The Best of George Bedard & the Kingpins (8/29), and Cecilia Noël w/Colin Hay & San Miguel Perez (8/30)
THE CLEMENTS BOOKWORM: A BOOK CIRCLE FOR HISTORY LOVERS
Join the U-M William L. Clements Library staff, fellows, and supporters in a discussion about the books they are reading. Inspired by the traditional Clements Library researcher tea time, they invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual table. Pour a cup of tea and enjoy a snack while you watch commentators in a live feed. This week’s virtual discussion will feature Guillaume Teasdale (2009 Clements Library Price Fellow) and Andrew Sturtevant (2014 Clements Library Upton Fellow).
When: Fridays at 10 a.m. ET. This Friday, August 28 at 10 a.m. ET
Register at: myumi.ch/gjgzR
PENNY STAMPS SPEAKER SERIES + DETROIT PUBLIC TELEVISION PRESENT Composer Meredith Monk
Keeping the community curious, engaged, and connected, the Penny Stamps Speaker Series is teaming up with Detroit Public Television to stream select Penny Stamps Speaker Series talks from the archive on Fridays at 8 p.m. This Friday, tune in at dptv.org for a presentation by composer Meredith Monk.
When: Fridays at 8 p.m. ET. This Friday, August 28 at 8 p.m.
DPTV’S “ARTS ENGINES” WITH SMTD PROFESSOR AARON DWORKIN
Arts Engines highlights the perspectives of the thought leaders and game-changers who are creating a significant impact in the field of the arts. Each episode reveals the human stories, best practices, and real-life experiences of those who power human creativity each and every day. In partnership with Detroit Public Television, the program utilizes Zoom to conduct interviews with guests that are then distributed and broadcast through both digital and traditional mediums. Hosted by School of Music, Theatre & Dance professor, and Sphinx Organization founder Aaron Dworkin, the program seeks to share the most valuable advice and input from arts administrators who tell their stories of creative problem-solving, policy, economic impact, crisis management and empowering the future the field. Watch past episodes with guests like Bob Lynch, President & CEO of Americans for the Arts and Clive Gillinson, Executive & Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall. This week, listen to a conversation with Dimitry Sitkovetsky, Music Director of Greensboro Symphony.
When: Saturday, August 29, 10 a.m.
Next up: Dr. Eugene Rogers, Director Of Choral Activities of the University of Michigan