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 attract 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.

In the midst of a changing educational landscape, UMMA’s mission remains: to support teachers and students by providing flexible and creative experiences. We will adapt with you and are eager to find new ways to work together.


Teaching and Learning

Whether for U-M and other university instructors and students, for K-12 teachers and students, or adult learning, UMMA designs experiences to serve as catalysts for cross-disciplinary learning and “thinking through art.” UMMA offers diverse entry points to the art of today as well as from the global histories represented in UMMA’s collections and exhibitions.

"I appreciate that the program encourages students to connect subject areas in a real-world way, and gives them an opportunity to creatively apply their learning."

Kelly Mickel, Principal at Erickson Elementary School

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Each year, more than 5,000 K-12 students visit UMMA for tours that educate and delight, encouraging them to make personal connections with art that facilitates self-discovery. This past year, Ypsilanti Community Schools’ third grade classes participated in a two-pronged field trip program to UMMA and 826Michigan, a local writing and tutoring center. 


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 interns and research associates, UMMA shapes the scholars and leaders of the next generation. 


“UMMA is very active with working with different groups around campus to provide various disciplines of engaging events and opportunities for students and local community members. They have a good range of events that are very accessible.”

James Roeser – President of the student organization Maize Collective, Class of 2018

Student Partners

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

Engaging Students at UMMA

UMMA's commitment to student engagement is one of the reasons it is such a unique part of the campus community.

Student Late Night, January 24, 2019

Photo by Mark Gjukich


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, artist talks and residencies, film screenings, classes, group tours, Storytime and Family Art Studio, as well as the Meet Me programs for people living with memory loss.


Kesswa performing at UMMA After Hours, April 2, 2019

Kesswa performing at UMMA After Hours, April 2, 2019