Living ArtsEngine

A Creative Interdisciplinary Community

“Living Arts Engine has been an invaluable community for me during my Freshman year! The amount of creative energy here is incredible, and the people couldn’t be more of a supportive community.”

It’s hard to believe that 10 years have gone by since the Living Arts(Engine) program was created. Founded in 2010, the program has been an integral part of a larger initiative designed to unite the 4 north campus schools and colleges in interdisciplinary creative work through the ArtsEngine program. During this time it has provided a living learning environment for students to more closely explore creative work across disciplines while also providing them with an open, friendly community in which to learn about themselves, make friends and gain a sense of belonging from their very first day on campus.

Our program has evolved significantly since its inception and continues to play a pivotal role in providing first-year students with a foundation for creative exploration – both through our Introduction to Creative Process course and the Collaborative Creative Projects. We are proud to be one of a series of opportunities at UM that prepare our students for an increasingly complex world – one that urgently demands creativity, collaboration, and strong critical thinking skills for success.


Amber Galvano

Major: BA in Spanish and Cognitive Science and a BMA in Vocal Performance ’20

Current job/Company: Speech Production Lab

Living Arts is a great place to be if you like trying new things and you want to be exposed to different disciplines.  Also, if you join, you shouldn’t be afraid to reach out to people and be present in community spaces; I realized after a while that it was  something I had to do to really become more of a part of the community, and I think that’s how people make a lot of friendships.