Experience art. Connect with people. Find personal relevance in the art of today. Look closely and discover ideas expressed in art throughout history and across cultures. Be challenged, and engage in active learning.

The above are only some of the motivations that attracted more than 32,000 people to participate in both formal and informal learning experiences at UMMA. From U-M class visits and student events, to concerts, gallery conversations and lectures or family oriented programming like Storytime or Family Art Studio, UMMA offers visitors of all ages inspiring ways to dive deeper, relax and de-stress, or take time to be curious and wonder about all that art offers.


Student Engagement

What makes UMMA a unique part of the university community is the degree to which students are engaged with every aspect of the Museum—contributing in creative and imaginative ways that in turn have a substantive impact on UMMA’s public engagement and the visitor experience. Through the Student Engagement Council, and student docents, interns and research associates, UMMA shapes the scholars and leaders of the next generation. 


“UMMA does an incredible job of working with diverse groups and organizations to give the campus and Ann Arbor communities amazing events that interest various groups of people.”

Nicole Khamis – Residential College, Class of 2017

Student Partners

Every year, UMMA partners with student organizations to create a space for student ideas and voices.

Bicentennial UpstART Project

UpstART Project

UMMA invites students to share their own creative work for UpstART 200: A U-M Bicentennial Project of Student and Alumni Reflection and Making.


Teaching and Learning

Since 2012, UMMA has made engagement with classes that address issues such as race, class, and gender a central priority of our contribution to university learning. 

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“If minorities and oppressed people are not seen--whether that's in society in general or through art -- then society is lesser for not benefitting from their rich culture and contributions. Engaging in sessions such as the one we had on Friday for African Studies 111 reaffirms the fact that African and African-American art occupies the space of fine art in spite of classic notions holding otherwise. These sessions are bringing artists of color into popular consciousness. That's powerful.”

Brittany Boyle – undergraduate in Sandra Gunning’s class, AAS 111 – Introduction to Africa and Its Diaspora

Group Tours at UMMA

Learn more about options for exploring our collection during your visit


The UMMA Exchange: Stories Behind the Research

U-M graduate and undergraduate students worked alongside UMMA staff to document, research, and photograph more than 5,000 collections objects for the upcoming UMMA Exchange. 

Student research teams played a crucial role in improving the metadata of UMMA collection items.

Student researchers and UMMA staff of the UMMA Exchange team.


Public Programs

UMMA has built partnerships across campus and beyond to offer the campus community and the public an annual array of dynamic and engaging public programs. These programs offer a broad range of opportunities to participate and explore, learn and create. Over four dozen partnerships ensure that what is relevant to today’s world is explored in and through art. Events include gallery conversations and lectures, concerts and performances, lectures and UMMA Dialogues, film screenings, classes, group tours, Storytime and Family Art Studio, as well as the Meet Me programs for people living with memory loss.

“This is a top notch experience. The leaders are engaging & knowledgeable. The art project is directed at all ages, the instructions are simple. So much room for open-ended creativity. For my kids, the bridge between looking at art in the museum and making their own is priceless.”

–Family Art Studio participant

Christo- Oct. 5

Penny Stamps Speaker Series and UMMA Present: Christo, The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy, and Work in Progress: The Mastaba, Project for Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates