Living Arts is an interdisciplinary living-learning community of U-M undergraduates designed to maximize residents' creative capacity. Living Arts unites students who are excited about working with their peers and with faculty in engineering, the arts, architecture, and other fields to create new work.
Living Arts exists because developing creativity is both inherently rewarding and, increasingly, necessary for employment in the 21st century. According to a 2010 survey of 1,500 chief executives conducted by IBM’s Institute for Business Value, CEOs identify creativity as the most important leadership competency for the successful enterprise of the future.
As a resident of Living Arts, students will benefit from:
- A safe place to experiment and “play” intellectually.
- A small, welcoming community within UM.
- Courses and other programming designed to encourage and support creative interactions among students with a wide range of majors and interests.
- Open access to in-house studios designed to foster residents’ creative work.
- Designated study and classroom space within the residence hall, as well as individual and group practice rooms, a gallery for student work, and performance space.
- Opportunities to interact with faculty from many different disciplines.
- Activities with many of the renowned artists, engineers, and other experts who visit UM every week.
- Mentoring by older students.
- Mentorship training for second-year students, and leadership opportunities with sponsored student groups.
- The opportunity to be a student leader and innovator.
- Membership in an alumni group that will keep them connected with friends and collaborators.
- The creative confidence they need to be competitive in our increasingly globalized, interconnected economy.
Parents can help their students reach their creative potential by encouraging them to choose Living Arts. As you peruse this website, please let us know what you think. We're eager to hear from you.