LASRL Mission


The mission of the Living Arts Summer Residential Lab is to provide an educational experience that encourages and strengthens dynamic creativity by fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration, expanding curiosity, and developing students’ ability and confidence to engage, solve and innovate through making. Through this experience LASRL students will build a foundation of knowledge and skills necessary for the future.


Goals and Objectives:

- Provide a positive and supportive environment that embraces open creative thought and builds confidence.

- Provide hands-on daily instruction by gifted faculty and field specialists who teach and encourage critical thinking.

- Teach a transferable skill set to participants for future achievement.

- Bring knowledge and awareness to the value of instruction, intersecting the arts with engineering and technology.

- Provide students with access to state-of-the-art equipment and software that expands their creative palette.



LASRL is open to high school students completing grades 9-11 during the 2015-2016 school year.

Dress Code

Appropriate attire is expected at all times. Attire for class is casual, keeping in mind that clothing may get dirty.  Jeans, shorts and tennis shoes or other closed toed shoes are acceptable. Dress for some evening events is nice casual – nice khaki or basic slacks, knee Length skirts or dresses, as well as polo-type shirts, collared shirts or blouses.  Other evenings where there is a recreational activity scheduled, participants are encouraged to pack a t-shirt and tennis shoes. The Dress Code will be enforced*.

*Participants will be asked to change and/or adjust their attire if deemed inappropriate at any time.  Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: Spaghetti Straps, Tight/revealing clothes, Spandex, Halter tops, Muscle shirts, Short skirts, Short shorts, Sagging pants, Bandanas, Inappropriate logos, inappropriate headgear, Cut-off shirts, Hats or sunglasses (Indoors), Pants with holes.  


Residence Hall Life:

Living Arrangements

Rooms in Bursley Hall house two students each.  Bathrooms are shared by participants of the same gender within the same program.  Pre-assigned rooms are available at check-in.  Male and female participants are assigned to separate Halls. Rooms include, a bed, dresser, desk, shelves, closet, mirror, overhead lighting, garbage and recycling cans.

Student Life Staff

Student Life Facilitators live alongside students in Bursley Hall.  They provide guidance and supervision to all program participants and are available to address any questions or concerns.

Meal Plan

Meals are served in Burlsey Hall.  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served Monday – Friday.  Participants receive one meal on Saturday (Brunch). 

Essential Items

The following are a list of items that participants may need or find helpful.  Some of these items are optional, but should be taken into consideration by all participants.

Essential: Phone Chargers, Toothpaste and toothbrush, sunscreen, toiletries, towels and face cloths, X-Long Twin Sheets and Pillow, Umbrella/Raincoat, Water Bottle, Shower Shoes, Pajamas, Shower Caddy, Comfortable Shoes, Headphones/ Earbuds, Laptop Computer

Optional: Athletic gear, Small fan, Camera, Personal reading material, Blanket, Insect repellant, Clothes hangers, Envelopes/Stamps, Robe, Slippers, Non-perishable food and snacks, Mattress pad/foam

Note:  This list is not comprehensive.  If there are any questions about items that may or may not be allowed in the LASRL program, please contact us.

Important Phone Numbers

LASRL Office: (734) 615-0046
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: 8:00AM – 4:00PM (Mon-Fri)

Carr Center: (313) 965-8430
311 E. Grand River, Detroit

Bursley Hall: (734) 763-1140




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