The UpstART 200 Bicentennial Planning Committee is asking the campus community to help identify up to 200 examples from the University of Michigan’s art, design, architecture and cultural collections that will inspire new creative projects.

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The resulting archive will be used by students and alumni for inspiration in making their own creative projects, as a way to reflect and to establish more of a personal collection to U-M’s current knowledge community.

Examples might include the musical composition “Hail to the Victors,” the public art piece “Endover” (The Cube) by Tony Rosenthal, or John James Audubon’s ” Birds of America,” which is on permanent display in the Audubon Room at the Hatcher Graduate Library.

This archive will be the basis for “UpstART 200: A U-M Bicentennial Project of Student and Alumni Reflection and Making,” which will serve as a permanent archive along with the collected student and alumni works long after the end of the university’s 2017 bicentennial celebration.

Faculty members who are planning to use cultural collections for course work are encouraged to nominate those artifacts and to coordinate curricula with creative responses for the UpstART project.

Those wishing to participate should access the archive criteria and online nomination form before Jan. 1, 2017.

UpstART 200 is made possible through the support of the U-M Alumni Association, Arts at Michigan, The Detroit Center, U-M Office of Communications / Arts & Culture, University Libraries, University Musical Society, U-M Museum of Art, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, College of Engineering, and the U-M Bicentennial Committee.