Message from Mark Jones, Program Director:
Living Arts is an interdisciplinary living-learning community of U-M undergraduates designed to maximize residents’ creative capacity. Living Arts exists because developing creativity is both inherently rewarding and increasingly necessary for employment in the 21st century. According to a 2010 survey conducted by IBM’s Institute for Business Value, CEOs identify creativity as the most important leadership competency for the successful enterprise of the future.
As a resident of Living Arts, students will benefit from:
- A safe place to experiment and “play” intellectually.
- A small, welcoming community within UM.
- Courses and other programming designed to encourage and support creative interactions among students with a wide range of majors and interests.
- Open access to in-house studios designed to foster residents’ creative work.
- Designated study and classroom space within the residence hall, as well as individual and group practice rooms, a gallery for student work, and performance space.
- Opportunities to interact with faculty from many different disciplines.
- Activities with renowned artists, engineers, and other experts who visit UM every week.
- Mentoring by older students, mentorship training for second-year students, and leadership opportunities with sponsored student groups.
- Opportunity to be a student leader and innovator.
- Membership in an alumni group that will keep them connected with friends and collaborators.
- The creative confidence they need to be competitive in our increasingly globalized, interconnected economy.
As a participant in Living Arts, you will:
- Learn from faculty about creative challenges in engineering, architecture, art, music, and theater
- Learn about creative connections among disciplines
- Learn about the challenges and rewards of collaboration
- Explore creative challenges by working on individual and group projects
- Generate, build & communicate ideas
- Test and evaluate solutions
- Reflect on practice and experience
- Participate in interdisciplinary teams
The goals of Living Arts co-curricular programming are to help students:
- Have a strong voice in defining and creating the Living Arts program from the ground up.
- Work with other students to take ownership of the activities within the program.
- Participate in leadership initiatives, service learning and outreach.
- Make connections among academic and residential experiences in their education.