Focus on the Arts

The Alumni Education Gateway shares the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on U-M arts.
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Even though the U-M arts community has felt the impact of COVID-19, museums and performance spaces have found engaging ways to bring the arts into people’s lives. Some of these institutions are even starting to imagine what the arts will look like in a post-pandemic world, while researchers are studying the impact the arts have on our emotional well-being during trying times. This selection of U-M arts stories is from the Alumni Education Gateway.

VIRTUAL STAMPS SPEAKERS

The Penny Stamps Speaker series is partnering with Detroit Public TV to livestream talks with artists, designers, and innovators from many fields.

UMMA AT HOME

A new U-M Museum of Art (UMMA) site allows art lovers to engage remotely with the institution’s collections, experts, and special programs, including grade K-12 activities.

UNIVERSITY MUSICAL ARCHIVE

UMS Rewind is a searchable online database that gives everyone access to the trove of performances, programs, and other recorded material from over 140 years of University Musical Society (UMS) history.

OLSEN ON THE FUTURE OF MUSEUMS

UMMA director Tina Olsen discusses how the museum will continue to interact with the community and the future of museums and cultural institutions in the era of COVID-19.

VANBESIEN ON THE FUTURE OF PERFORMING ARTS

UMS president Matthew VanBesien discusses the current impacts and challenges facing performing arts organizations, launching a new season in the midst of a pandemic, and the future of both live and digital arts presentation.

IMPROV BENEFITS

U-M and Stony Brook University researchers find that 20 minutes of improv experience causes people to feel comfortable and more tolerant of uncertainty.

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