Following the Human Narratives


Nick is a second year sociocultural anthropology student researching what happens to vacant and abandoned buildings in Detroit. He asserts, “I want to know what happens when people take them apart; the lives of the scrappers and recyclers involved, how things make their way in the world when a building dies. I want to understand […]

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GeoSpace + M.I.S.S.I.O.N.


In my last blog post I described the process leading up to a decision to repair and renovate the lower level of a house located at 3501 Stone Street Road. The purpose of this Arts of Citizenship-funded project is to increase available space for weekly Camp Take Notice (CTN) meetings serving the local homeless community […]

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Grant Update: Available Space for Available People GeoSpace and M.I.S.S.I.O.N.

CTN meeting

It has been almost ten months since I received an Arts of Citizenship grant to explore potential solutions to homelessness in Ann Arbor with M.I.S.S.I.O.N. and its affiliated organization “Camp Take Notice” (CTN). When my proposal titled “Available Space for Available People” was accepted, I had already spent much of my first year of graduate […]

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Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Small Mining Villages in Transylvania


How can communities stand up to global mining companies that threaten their very existence? What roles can heritage revitalization play in these efforts? How can public scholarship bring about the types of social change needed to save these communities? These questions are at the heart of a new international collaborative project funded by a graduate […]

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2014 Fellowships

Arts of Citizenship is pleased to announce its 2014 Graduate Student Summer Fellowships, which provide Rackham students with valuable experience, networks, and insight into a range of careers at leading nonprofit organizations and cultural institutions in southeast Michigan. Doctoral students in the arts, design, and humanities are especially encouraged to apply. Participants will join a […]

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Crafting Narratives for Public Audiences at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History

By Akiva Gottlieb, U-M PhD student in English Language and Literature; Screen Arts and Cultures

By Akiva Gottlieb, U-M PhD student in English Language and Literature; Screen Arts and Cultures Though I teach and conduct research in the University of Michigan’s English department, my Arts of Citizenship internship at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit has me working as public historian. Both jobs require an investment […]

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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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