Interning at the Historical Society of Michigan

By Christopher Dean Lee, U-M Ph.D. student in Educational Studies This summer, I had the unique opportunity to spend my Arts of Citizenship internship working for three organizations: the Historical Society of Michigan, the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County, and the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Michigan. […]

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The King and I: Living the Legacy at the U-M Detroit Center

Dr. Stephen Ward, Jina Kim, Grace Lee Boggs, and Ron Scott

By Jina Kim, U-M Ph.D. student in English and Women’s Studies According to the University of Michigan Detroit Center’s mission statement, the Detroit Center aims to “enrich University and Detroit communities through service, education, research and the exchange of culture.” In an interview I conducted with Center Director Dr. Addell Austin Anderson, she further elaborated […]

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Interning at the U-M Museum of Art

Angela photo

By Angela Perez Villa, U-M Ph.D. student in History and Women’s Studies One of the most important roles of the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) is to contribute to the academic mission of the University by creating bridges between the visual arts and academic inquiry. UMMA is advancing this educational mission by supporting […]

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Interning at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Part 3

Hillina Seife

By Hillina Seife, U-M Ph.D. student in History This summer I am working with the Education department at the Charles Wright on an exhibit called “Inspired Minds: African-Americans in Science and Technology.” Opening in the Fall of 2012 and slated to be part of the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibit will feature pioneering figures and […]

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Interning at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Part 2


By Kyera Singleton, U-M Ph.D. student in American Culture Documenting Black History The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is dedicated to uncovering, documenting, and exhibiting the African American experience. The exhibits and educational learning opportunities seek to empower the local Black communities through presenting both the complexities of this history and the […]

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Interning at 826michigan

Eliza photo

By Eliza Mathie, U-M Ph.D. student in English Language and Literature This summer, I am working as an intern at 826michigan. 826michigan is a non-profit writing and tutoring center on Liberty St in Ann Arbor, MI (you may know it as the Robot Supply and Repair store). 826michigan supports students ages 6 to 18 with […]

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Working with Wall Flowers

By J. Lindsay Brown, MFA Dance When Monica Bill Barnes first arrived, I had two distinct feelings: relief and curiosity. I was relieved that I didn’t have to choreograph a work in a week on dancers I had never met, for a space I had never seen. I also wondered how on earth she would […]

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Community Collaborations through Dance

By Jessica Post, MFA, Dance This past June, I had a wonderful experience participating in the Ann Arbor Dance Works performance of Corsets, Grains, and Greenways: Dancing Downtown Ann Arbor. This extensive site dance project was developed in collaboration with several community partners: The WSG Gallery, The Allen Creek Greenway Conservancy, Community High School, and […]

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Interning at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Part 1

By Steve Arionus, U-M doctoral student in History The mission of the Charles H. Wright Museum is to provide great aesthetic, interpretive and intellectual experiences, and learning opportunities that can inspire and serve diverse audiences for a lifetime. To that end, they produce culturally rich, socially relevant, exhibitions, which explore multiple facets of the African […]

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Interning at the U-M Museum of Natural History


By Abigail Celis, Romance Languages and Literatures French Ph.D. student For my summer internship with Arts of Citizenship, I am developing a community-based exhibit for the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History (UMMNH). The springboard for this project was that the UMMNH wanted to create a local exhibit to complement the visiting exhibit, Race: […]

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