The above are only some of the motivations that attracted more than 40,000 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.
“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