Deb Gordon-Gurfinkel

Deb Gordon-Gurfinkel Telling It Curriculum: A model for an interactive website Offered in conjunction with an undergraduate and graduate-level course entitled “Empowering Community through Creative Expression,” Telling It uses the arts and creative writing to support the scholastic achievement, self-confidence, and literacy skills of at-risk youth.  The goal of this project is to create a […]

Read More

Teresa Satterfield

Teresa Satterfield En Nuestra Lengua: Spanish Literacy and Culture Project (ENL) This pilot program between the University of Michigan and the local Spanish-speaking community seeks to close the academic achievement gap among K-3 Hispanic students in Ann Arbor through academic development in the first language.  The partnership aims to enhance literacy skills and oral fluency […]

Read More

Beth Diamond

Beth Diamond Sustainable Urban Design in Shrinking Cities: Detroit and the Heidelberg Cultural Village In collaboration with the Heidelberg Project, Beth Diamond is working with a team of six graduate students in landscape architecture and architecture on a project that uses art as a catalyst for community transformation in Detroit’s hollowed-out urban core.  The goal […]

Read More

Aimee Vonbokel


Kicked Out, Moving Up: Slum Clearance, Public Housing & 97 Orchard Street Through a summer internship, Aimee Vonbokel worked with the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York to track the movement of European immigrants from Manhattan neighborhoods to the city’s outer boroughs in the 1940s. Many landed in Brooklyn among African-Americans who were […]

Read More

Michael Mauskapf


Reimagining Engagement in the Performing Arts Through a summer internship, Michael Mauskapf worked with the University Musical Society (UMS) to design empirical studies on the ways programming choices and educational events coalesce to attract teen and college audiences to classical music concerts. He researched how the structure of arts organizations and their audiences relate to […]

Read More

Janet Haley


Restoration of Spirit Janet Haley is collaborating with Glenwood Cemetery and Genesee County Historical Society on a project that seeks to awaken the Greater Flint community’s connection to Glenwood Cemetery, and activate connections between individual communities in the process. Ultimately the partners are investigating how site‐specific, original performance can create, build and restore community spirit […]

Read More

Maria Cotera


Latina/o Museum and Cultural Center Project In partnership with key scholars from regional universities, representatives from community organizations and regional arts institutions, the long-term objective of the project is to establish a cultural center in Southwest Detroit with a museum, an exhibit space, and an archive/research center focusing on Latino history in the Midwest. The […]

Read More