2009 Arts of Citizenship Faculty Fellow Awardees

Evelyn Alsultany, Assistant Professor of American Culture

DisOrientation: Arabs and Muslims in the American Imagination

Professor Alsultany will partner with the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn and the Michigan State University Museum on a 2400 square-foot traveling exhibit scheduled to open May 2011. The group will focus efforts on creating a conceptual framework for the exhibition, artifact research and selection, creating comprehensive educational materials, including an exhibit book and public programming.

Lori Brooks, Assistant Professor of Afro-American and African Studies and Assistant Professor of American Culture

Living the Arts: Tracing Culture and History in the 20th Century Through Music, Literature and Performance

Professor Brooks will work in collaboration with Nandi Comer of Detroit InsideOut Literary Arts Project and PhD candidate Shanesha Brooks to engage young poets in interactive, performance-oriented workshops that provide a living exploration of history and culture. To reinforce the link between cultural production and public intellectual work, the project team will help to reinvigorate the arts as a positive identity formation for urban teenagers.

Ray Silverman, Director of Museum Studies Program, Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, Professor, History of Art

Nkwantananso: Locating Culture in a Ghanaian Community

Professor Silverman will collaborate with UM students, community partner, Emmanuel Asare of Techiman, Ghana and Kodzo Gavua, Professor at University of Ghana to engage the Techiman community in developing a model for multifaceted collaborative work by exploring a number of issues associated with the location of culture in contemporary Ghana. The group will develop the cultural archive framework as the foundation for a new cultural center in Techiman, Ghana.

Stephen Ward, Assistant Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies and Assistant Professor of Residential College

1966 Walk Out at Detroit’s Northern High School

Professor Ward will partner with Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit and Residential College undergraduate students to develop historical materials for an original play to be premiered by Mosaic Youth Theatre. The play will concern the Northern High School walk-out where African-American students protested school conditions, sparking a city-wide debate about race and educational opportunity that contributed to the shaping of a northern civil rights movement.

Michael Woodford, Assistant Professor of Social Work

Facilitating Institutional Change through Creative Performance: Promoting LGBTQQ Youth Empowerment

Professor Woodford will work in collaboration with Lori Roddy, Callie Mckee and youth from Neutral Zone’s Riot Youth program and Social Work PhD candidate Laura Wernick, to create an action research project that will improve school environments for LGBTQQ youth. The project team will use creative performance to effect LGBTQQ youth empowerment and will document how the performance experience promotes institutional change.

2008 Arts of Citizenship Faculty Grant Awardees

Angela Dillard, Associate Professor of Afro American and African Studies and Associate Professor in the Residential College, College of Literature, Science and the Arts

The Black Church Project

Professor Dillard will collaborate with African-American churches in Ann Arbor and Detroit, the Westsiders, a public history organization on the West side of Detroit, and the University of Michigans Bentley Library to develop and make available to the church congregations and the public, archival materials from the regions historically-significant African-American churches.

Sadashi Inuzuka, Professor of Art, School of Art and Design

Many Ways of Seeing

Professor Inuzuka and students from the School of Art & Design will work in collaboration with the Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired to provide workshops in the ceramic arts for children from the Detroit Metropolitan area. Professor Inuzuka has pioneered these workshops for visually-impaired children for three years; this year for the first time he will be joined by participants from the Washtenaw County Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled. The workshops will culminate in an exhibition of the childrens sculptures at the University of Michigans Detroit Center in the fall of 2008.

Michelle McClellan, Research Investigator, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and Lecturer II in History, College of Literature, Science and the Arts

History at Work: Remembering the New Deal in Michigan

Professor McClellan is partnering with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office to offer a class in public history research for University of Michigan undergraduates. In the class, the students are contributing to the historical research component of the State of Michigans effort to reconstruct and revitalize the New Deal-era Waterloo Area Recreation Center. The students will also explore methods of presenting their research into the New Deal origins and history of the Waterloo Recreation Center to the public.

Faculty presented the outcomes of their projects at the Imagining America Conference in October 2008 in Los Angeles, California.