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.

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Living ArtsEngine at the University of Michigan
Living ArtsEngine at the University of Michigan
Meet Isabella Wood, a first-year student in the community! Isabella is from Washington D.C., beginning her freshman year in the College of Engineering and currently planning to pursue a degree in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences.

Isabella is also a creative writer and aspiring artist, and enjoys writing sci-fi/fantasy stories, restoring and reusing old materials for new projects, and playing video games.

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Living ArtsEngine at the University of Michigan
Living ArtsEngine at the University of Michigan
Meet John Roselli, one of our new Peer Mentor Facilitators! John is in his third year of studies at the University of Michigan, pursuing degrees in both Trombone Performance and User Experience.

This summer, John participated in a User Experience Design Internship with the Michigan Space Grant Consortium. Among other projects, he worked to help improve their website and make it more accessible, especially for web-users with disabilities. John also spent lots of time practicing his trombone and attended several virtual trombone performance seminars, including ones through the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Summer Institute, the Third Coast Trombone Retreat, and the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute.

Keep an eye out on our Instagram page over the next several days, as John will be taking over to show off some highlights from a day in the life of a Living ArtsEngine community member!

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Living ArtsEngine at the University of Michigan
Living ArtsEngine at the University of Michigan
Living ArtsEngine is excited to welcome its class of 2020-2021 members; we look forward to working with this group of enthusiastic, talented creators!

Over the weekend, students worked in interdisciplinary groups, both in-person and remotely, to design and build musical instruments. We were impressed at how well students took to the challenge and worked together to overcome the obstacles they faced. Though hybrid collaboration is still something we’re all getting used to, we are very proud of our students for persevering and meeting these challenges head-on. We look forward to a great year of innovation and creativity as we continue to find new ways to create and collaborate!
Living ArtsEngine at the University of Michigan
Living ArtsEngine at the University of Michigan
Meet Erin Schimmel, our new Peer Mentor Facilitator!

Over the summer, Erin worked with the Center for Civic Innovation at The University of Notre Dame on a number of engineering projects, including analyzing data from the South Bend sewer system. Together with her team, Erin helped to prove that renovations made to the sewer system during 2017-2018 were successful in preventing waste overflow from entering nearby rivers and creeks in the community.

Erin is now in her third year as a student at the University of Michigan, pursuing a major in Environmental Engineering and a minor in math.

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Living ArtsEngine at the University of Michigan
Living ArtsEngine at the University of Michigan
5D Touch technology of this keyboard combines bits with portable music work for intuitive sound shaping.

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Living ArtsEngine at the University of Michigan
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5D Touch technology of this keyboard combines bits with portable music work for intuitive sound shaping.

🎥ROLI
Living ArtsEngine at the University of Michigan
Living ArtsEngine at the University of Michigan
Our annual Design Competition is a well loved Living Arts tradition. This year will be the first with a "Living ArtsEngine" design. We are very excited to see our name change reflected in this year's competition. Current students can send in entries by July 8th to participate.

Meet Isabella Wood, a first-year student in #livingartsengine! Isabella is from Washington D.C., beginning her freshman year in @UMengineering and currently planning to major in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences. https://t.co/1XyD5JdXEd

Meet one of our new peer mentors, Lauryn Leuenberg! A second-year undergraduate at UM’s @TaubmanCollege, Lauryn has spent the past several years working at her hometown’s local zoo, where she hopes to one day take an internship as an architect and help to design animal enclosures https://t.co/E24juI2ffP

For a lot of people, staying creative during quarantine has meant finding digital outlets for creativity; for #livingartsengine students, that means Minecraft! https://t.co/Y1Q2j0qyN0

Meet John Roselli, one of our new Peer Mentor Facilitators! John is a third-year student at UM, pursuing degrees in Trombone Performance and User Experience. John took part in a UX Design Internship with @mispacegrant this summer, as well as several trombone performance seminars https://t.co/hWfBj6OLSt

#livingartsengine Peer Mentors and Alumni enjoying some pizza after after moving in together on North Campus 🍕 https://t.co/NJe9YlfFbo

Over the weekend, #livingartsengine students came together in interdisciplinary teams to design and build musical instruments. We’re so proud of our community members for working together to overcome the challenges of collaborating both in-person and remotely! https://t.co/AlKYCUycp3

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.