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We began the year by welcoming a great group of first-year students to Living Arts, and now sadly that year is over.  Some of you will be returning as Peer Mentors, and others will be released in to the wide-world that is the University of Michigan.  I hope that your experience here with Living Arts was as enjoyably creative, educationally formative, and all-around as amazing as possible.  You will all go on to do great things, and hopefully Living Arts gave you a step-up in that success.  Best wishes for the coming years, and enjoy your summer!

RA Send-off, Paul

What Living Arts has meant to me these past three years is incredibly difficult to put into words.  To say I've made an abundance of close friends would be an understatement.  As a first-year, a peer mentor, and a resident advisor in the program I've been continually challenged to learn new ways of creating and interpreting the world.  Whether it's learning about IBM's Watson project and the collective professions that were necessary for its development or learning how to craft the perfect guacamole batch, the experiences that I've been a part of with Living Arts have been both enriching and fun.  From the spontaneous to the highly coordinated, I can always count on Living Artists to be working on awe-inspiring and groundbreaking projects, shows, inventions, compositions, or other forms of media.  But even besides that, Living Arts is about being able to meet people who share your passion (or at least can appreciate it) for some highly esoteric interest.

Even as I move forward in my academic and professional careers, I will never forget the experiences I've had with Living Arts.  What I've learned here will without question have an impact on whatever I do with my life seeing as the ability to work and create with people from diverse backgrounds is applicable everywhere.  I know the future of Living Arts will be bright with a promising new class of peer mentors to help what will surely be another remarkable freshmen class.  And while I will miss being a part of the community in an official capacity, I will without a doubt continue to engage with Living Arts in any way possible (at the very least, I'll still hangout in the lounge).  I honestly cannot imagine my Michigan experience without Living Arts and can't wait to give back to community in the future!  Thanks to Mark, Ruth and everyone who has helped create this incomparable experience for me as well as the hundreds of other Living Artists!

Graduate Student Intern Goodbye - Chloe

I have genuinely valued working at Living Arts these last two years, and have felt especially supported and welcomed by my work staff and the community overall. Being here has introduced me to many perspectives and creative people, and has begun to shape and form my own appreciation of the arts.
Working at Living Arts and seeing what students do creatively have really made me come to appreciate the arts and actively work to engage in it. I think creating art-no matter the medium-is important not only for class purposes but also for fun, and I think the latter element gets lost sometimes. I love color, and I have recently come to love painting, particularly canvas painting. For my dad’s birthday this year, I painted him a Rothko reproduction on canvas. I am currently working on an original canvas piece which is slowly taking shape, and getting inspiration for other projects. Understanding the creative scholarship at Living Arts, seeing the interdisciplinarity of students working and living together, has tapped and expanded my appreciation for color, design, and creating. Creativity is important in all academic disciplines, as it helps one to think outside conventional processes. I hope to continue engaging in this practice and take it with me going forward in both my professional and personal endeavors.

Student Spotlight

    Nick is a computer science engineering major completing his freshman year.  While being in Living Arts he says he has most enjoyed the collaborative community and being more exposed to all the disciplines the community includes.  He has also learned a lot about his creative process, coming to realize that you can’t just wait for things to happen, you need to sit down and work at them, constantly refining your process.  In addition to learning the “process of how”, Living Arts has also enabled him to see “more reasons for why”.  Seeing why others do what they do, has helped him to become more open minded.  This is especially helpful in Engineering as it involves plenty of problem solving within a tight knit community, where being open minded might just be what is needed to find a solution.
       When Nick isn’t doing engineering things, he also plays a large number of different instruments, including bass guitar, guitar, and trumpet, is in 7 different musical groups, and has been in a band for 5-6 years.  His band started off playing in high school talent shows, progressed to running battle of the bands, and then playing at a county wide event.  What he enjoys most about the band is that it is a creative outlet.  He can’t “be engineering all the time”. 
       In the future Nick wants to work in a startup, possibly one centered around app writing, as well as continue playing in his band.  He will also be continuing on with Living Arts as a peer mentor, a position in which Nick hopes to be a support to the incoming Freshman as well as a leader in helping to build the community and its members up.


Congratulations everyone on a sucessful Symposium! All of the projects were outstanding.  Hopefully they were both educational and enjoyable to work on.  You all should be very proud of what you accomplished.

UArts 150 Throwback

Although it has been almost a full semester since UArts 150 ended, hopefully the plethora of skills and knowledge about creative process that were gained are still valuable in your everyday lives.  The projects that came out of that class were absolutely fantastic, congratulations!