Chapter 3

The Arts

U-M alumnus and longtime benefactor Arthur Miller (AB ’38, HLLD ’56) described the theater as “endlessly fascinating… so accidental… so much like life.” But it’s no accident that fascinating artists like Miller, arguably America’s most prized playwright, were trained right here at the University of Michigan. Whether it’s the Pulitzer Prize-winning Miller, two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward (MFA ’05), or Emmy Award-winning actor and musician Darren Criss (AB ’09), there’s no shortage of talent among U-M alumni. From the stage to the page, from the canvas to the concert hall, U-M has long been home to a diverse and talented cohort.

Leading programs at the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; the School of Music, Theatre & Dance; and the Stamps School of Art & Design have established Michigan as a global leader in training up-and-coming artists. These programs open new horizons for students to pursue their artistic fascinations, while also equipping them with the skills and opportunities they need to fully realize their goals beyond graduation. Today, Michigan graduates are seen, heard, and read by millions around the world. They continue to inspire hearts and minds of today and tomorrow.

In Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint, the arts at Michigan bring communities from near and far closer together. Whether enjoying a student production at the Arthur Miller Theatre, admiring an exhibit at the Museum of Art, or relishing in a performance hosted by the University Musical Society, members of the Michigan community benefit from nearly limitless opportunities to engage with the arts. The Victors for Michigan campaign garnered new spaces, pieces, scholarships, and more for creators both accomplished and aspiring at U-M. Your support has ensured that trailblazing artists will always have a home at Michigan.


Read more about the Victors for The Arts
Closeup of paintings.

Stamps of Approval

A landmark gift redefines the ethos of art and design at U-M
Published 3.18.2019
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Who Could Ask for Anything More?

The Gershwin brothers arrive at U-M
Published 3.18.2019
New York Philharmonic performing at Hill Auditorium

World-Class Orchestra in Ann Arbor

Donor-sponsored residencies bring unrivaled musical experiences to campus
Published 3.18.2019
Students perform at the Glencoe Theatre

SMTD Alumni Paint Broadway Maize and Blue

Scholarship support makes the School of Music, Theatre & Dance a leading destination for aspiring performers
Published 3.18.2019