Social Work 650 -- Curriculum / Collection at UMMA

Introduction to Community Organization, Management, and Policy/Evaluation Practice

School of Social Work

Faculty member: Larry M. Gant (School of Social Work; Stamps School of Art and Design)

Object Orange, Auburndale Site, Highland Park, MI, #3, 2007, iris print on paper. Museum purchase made possible by Stuart and Maxine Frankel, 2007/2.2

This group of works exclusively by Detroit and Southeast Michigan artists is part of an experiment in social work methodology. As Professor Larry M. Gant sees it, conventional community assessments too often neglect the arts, focusing instead on purely socioeconomic factors when analyzing neighborhoods. Students in this course will research the artists and works of art in this display with the goal of evaluating how and why some artist associations, public arts projects, and community arts programs have been assets in specific communities at specific moments in the region’s history.


The role of art in community organizing is limited only by conventional thinking.

Larry Gant, Professor of Social Work

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Deep Dive - Downtown Detroit by Carlos Lopez

Downtown Detroit, a 1947 painting by Carlos Lopez included in the works of art selected for Curriculum/Collection, depicts a Motor City skyline that doesn't quite exist. All the buildings are real, but Lopez made a composite of several different vantage points for his landscape.

Click through an interactive version of Lopez's painting to zoom into the details and learn more about the history of the buildings and architecture represented here. 

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Works included in this collection

Exhibition Support

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Erica Gervais Pappendick and Ted Pappendick, the Eleanor Noyes Crumpacker Endowment Fund, and P.J. and Julie Solit.

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