Arts of Citizenship Program (University of Michigan) records: 1997-2007
Summary Information
Title: Arts of Citizenship Program (University of Michigan) records
Creator: University of Michigan. Arts of Citizenship Program.
Inclusive dates: 1997-2007
Extent: 2.75 linear feet
Abstract:
The Arts of Citizenship Program at the University of Michigan fostered the role of the arts and humanities through collaborative cultural partnerships and community projects in the Ann Arbor and Detroit area. The program aimed to enrich public life and to enlarge the university's educational mission. These records contains notes, correspondence, publicity, audiovisual materials, presentations, and other material documenting the administration, public programming, and community partnerships undertaken by the Arts of Citizenship program. Also included is a website capture taken July 18, 2005.
Call number: 07143 Bimu 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Erin Passehl, December 2006, Natalie Bond, January 2011

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The record group (Donor # 9294) was received from the unit in July 2005. Digital records were captured through direct transfer on July 18, 2005

Access Restrictions:

The record group is open without restriction.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.

Copyright:

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Arts of Citizenship Program (University of Michigan) records, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


History

The Arts of Citizenship Program was founded in 1998 during the University of Michigan's Year of the Humanities and Arts (YoHA) during the 1997-1998 academic year. YoHA's Arts of Citizenship initiative brought to campus distinguished intellectuals, artists, designers, and cultural advocates, among them Ken Burns and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, to discuss their work and the importance of the humanities and arts in general. AOC became a separate unit under the Office of the Vice President for Research in May 1998. Since AOC was founded in 1998, core funding came from the UM Office of the Vice President for Research and from other UM units, including the Whitaker Fund for the Improvement of Teaching. Grants and gifts for specific community projects came from Ford Motor Company, Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan, Michigan Humanities Council, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, McKinley Foundation of Ann Arbor, and Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. Recognition for Arts of Citizenship projects has included an Award of Merit in Education from the Historical Society of Michigan (2001) and awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (2002) and the Michigan Associated Press (2003).

AOC integrated local projects with national cultural debates and ambitious research with community collaboration across a variety of disciplines in the arts, the humanities, and design. AOC pursued its goals through forming partnerships between the University of Michigan faculty and students with schools, museums, libraries, arts organizations, theater companies, dance troupes, public agencies, and grassroots groups. AOC also developed courses that combined rigorous study with practical community work and provided start-up funding for innovative teaching and creative projects.

One of the most notable projects was "Students on Site" (SOS), the first project launched by AOC in 1998. SOS brought together University of Michigan faculty, archivists, and students with local K-12 teachers. They used the history and landscape of a historic riverfront district as the site for an innovative interdisciplinary, multi-week curriculum for third and fourth grade classrooms in the public schools. AOC developed an online teaching archive of documents about the history of Ann Arbor, created by University of Michigan students for K-12 students. In October 2001, the project won an Award of Merit in Education from the Historical Society of Michigan. SOS became the model for the other AOC projects, of which there were 18 total.

David Scobey served as the director of the program from 1998 until 2005.

Following Scobey's departure the program was refocused a bit, incorporating more projects directed by graduate students. The current website for AOC is at http://www.artsofcitizenship.umich.edu/?page_id=12.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Arts of Citizenship (AOC) Program documentation consists of notes, correspondence, publicity, audiovisual materials (audiocassettes, CDs, videotapes), and other material documenting the daily administrative activities, public programming, outreach, research, and community partnerships. The record group is divided into three series: Administration, Project Files, and Website. These series represent the original order of materials as received upon accession. The researcher should note that the records do not provide an in-depth portrayal of AOC, but rather information about the operation, functions, and details on specific projects undertaken by the program.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Broadway Bridge (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Detroit (Mich.) -- History -- 20th century.
  • Education -- Experimental methods.
  • Public schools -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Underground Railroad -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • African Americans -- Michigan -- Detroit -- 20th century.
  • Detroit (Mich.) -- History -- 20th century.
  • Hallelujah (Choreographic work : Lerman)
  • Public radio -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Radio programs -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Riots -- Michigan -- Detroit -- History -- 20th century.
  • Oral histories.
  • Audiocassettes.
  • CD-ROMs.
  • Compact discs.
  • Videotapes.
  • Sound recordings.
  • Scobey, David M., 1954-
  • University of Michigan. Arts of Citizenship Program.
  • University of Michigan. Office of the Vice President for Research.
  • University of Michigan -- Students.
  • Lerman, Liz.
  • Liz Lerman Dance Exchange.
  • Michigan Central Railroad Depot (Detroit, Mich.) -- History.
  • Scobey, David M., 1954-
  • University of Michigan. Arts of Citizenship Program.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Administration [series]

The Administration series (0.75 linear feet) includes information about awards, letters of support for AOC, budgets, events, committees, course syllabi, presentations, program summaries, project and partnership listings, publicity, reports, and press coverage. Information on individual projects is found in the Project Files series. Committee records feature two groups, the Graduate Working Group and P-SPACE. The P-SPACE Working Group (Public Scholarship, Public Art, Cultural Engagement) included the Arts of Citizenship, Imagining America, and the Scholarly Publications Office of Digital Library Services, who proposed an online publication series dedicated to public cultural projects and public scholarship in the arts, humanities, and design. Course syllabi are taken from five classes: "Community Resources," UC 310, UC 312, UC 313, and Dance 490.

 
Administrative Files [subseries]
Box   1  
Awards 2000-2005
Box   1  
Correspondence 2002-2005
Box   1  
Letters of Support 2002-2004
Box   1  
Nomination Application 2002
 
Budget
Box   1  
General 1999-2001
Box   1  
General 2007
Box   1  
Salaries and Proposals 2004-2007
 
Committees
Box   1  
Graduate Working Group 2002-2003
Box   1  
Planning Committee Meeting Notes 2005-2007 (2 folders)
Box   1  
P-SPACE
Box   1  
Conference Planning Materials 2007
Box   1  
Correspondence 1997-2006
Box   1  
Course Syllabi
Box   1  
Presentations (1 optical discs (CD-Rs))

(Includes CD-ROM with PowerPoint presentation)

Box   1  
Press Coverage 1999-2004
Box   1  
Program Summaries
Box   1  
Project and Partnership Listings 2003-2004
Box   1  
Publicity (Flyers and Brochures)
Box   1  
Reports 1997-2002

(Including report on Year of Humanities and Arts by Julie Ellison)

 
Events [subseries]
Box   1  
Citizenship year 2006-2007
Box   1  
Event Coordinator Applications 2006
Box   1  
Global Arts 2006
Box   1  
Winter Conference 2006
 
Project Files [series]

The Project Files series (2 linear feet) contains 15 subseries comprising individual projects. Files are organized and described by individual project. The richest description of each individual project is located on the captured website. The researcher should note that not all projects listed on the captured website are equally documented or found within these records.

 
"2001 Hastings Street" [subseries]

The "2001 Hastings Street" Project (8 folders) includes analog and audio records. The core of the documentation consists of audio cassette tapes of interviews done with senior citizens who lived on Hastings Street in Detroit's "Black Bottom" area in the 1940s. The interviewees and the subjects covered are identifiable through the Post Interview Reports found in this subseries. A play based on excerpts from the oral history interviews was created and performed in conjunction with the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. Other materials include a description of the final exhibit, an educational packet, a script of the play, press coverage of the play, and designs of an anticipated website.

Box   1  
Educational Packet
Box   1  
Exhibit Information
Box   1  
Post Interview Reports
Box   1  
Press Coverage
Box   1  
Script
Box   1  
Website Design
Box   1  
"Y-Gee's Canteen"
 
Audio recordings
Box   2  
"Best of Our Knowledge" (1 audiocassettes)
Box   2  
Interviews (59 audiocassettes (in case))
 
Broadway Park Design Project [subseries]

The Broadway Park Design Project (4 folders) contains committee records and reports. The project included collaborative work on the reconstruction of Ann Arbor's Broadway bridges. There are two committees included, the Community Advisory Board, which offered a community perspective, and the Broadway Bridge Consulting Team, formed in response to a request by Ann Arbor's mayor to prepare a site plan of opportunities for public art projects and outdoor educational possibilities. Two reports from the project are included, the 2004 Broadway Park Design Project annual report and the 2002 website plan.

 
Committees
Box   2  
Community Advisory Board (Agenda and Minutes) 2003
Box   2  
Broadway Bridge Consulting Team (Minutes and Agendas) 1998-1999
 
Reports
Box   2  
Broadway Park Design Report 2004
Box   2  
Website Design Plan 2002
 
Children of Abraham [subseries]

The Children of Abraham Project (10 folders) contains letters of support, meeting notes, press coverage, budget and grant information, publicity, reflections and thoughts, and scripts. The reflections and thoughts includes two documents, written reflections on the project by David Scobey and Josephine Tsai, analyzing the project's successes and shortcomings.

Box   2  
Letters of Support 2004
Box   2  
Budget 2005
Box   2  
Grants 2004-2005
Box   2  
Internal Correspondence 2005
Box   2  
Meeting Notes 2004
Box   2  
Press Coverage 2004
Box   2  
Project Evaluations 2004-2005
Box   2  
Publicity 2004
Box   2  
Reflections and Thoughts 2004
Box   2  
Scripts 2004
 
"Detroit Connections" Project [subseries]

The "Detroit Connection" Project (2 folders) contains press coverage and a project evaluation from 2003-2004. The press coverage includes articles describing the role of University of Michigan students in the project, while the project evaluation is written by Ceci Mendez, a project coordinator.

Box   2  
Press Coverage 2003-2004
Box   2  
Project Evaluations 2003
 
"Emerging Voices" Project [subseries]

The "Emerging Voices" Project (1 folder) consists of primary source material from the project's implementation, including articles and documentation of oral history interviews.

Box   2  
Primary Source Material 2000
 
Environmental Legacies [subseries]

The Environmental Legacies Project (2 folders) includes lesson plans and project summaries. The lesson plans contain a small book created by children that is used to start off the session, as well as actual lesson plans and a report that describes and critiques the project. General summaries of the project and the 1999-2000 pilot implementation summary are found in the project summaries.

Box   2  
Lesson Plans 1999-2000
Box   2  
Project Summaries 1999-2000
 
Hallelujah Project [subseries]

The Hallelujah Project (4 folders) includes correspondence, photographs, press coverage, and videocassettes. Correspondence covers 1999-2001, and documents the visit by the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange to the University of Michigan. The visit by this professional dance company was co-sponsored by the Arts of Citizenship Program. Included is a VHS videotape of the public lecture by Liz Lerman on September 29, 1999.

Box   2  
Liz Lerman Lecture, Videocassette September 28, 1999
Box   2  
Correspondence 1999-2001
Box   2  
Photographs
Box   2  
Press Coverage 1999-2001
 
Homelands Project [subseries]

The Homelands Project (4 folders) contains audio and visual records in addition to correspondence and publicity. In this project, AOC produced dramatic materials from oral histories in the diverse neighborhood of southwest Detroit, The project focused mainly on Detroit's Michigan Central train station. Material includes a lobby exhibit of historic photographs. Audio recordings include two cassette tapes and a VHS videocassette of the May 11, 2002 performance of "Homelands" by the Matrix Theatre Company.

Box   3  
Audio recordings
Box   3  
"Homelands" Talk, parts 1-2 2004 (2 audiocassettes)
Box   3  
Correspondence 2003-2004
Box   3  
Performance May 11, 2002 (VHS tape)
Box   3  
Publicity 2002-2004
 
"Paradise Valley Revisited" Project [subseries]

The "Paradise Valley Revisited" Project (1 folder) contains the script for a musical play that was performed as part of AOC.

Box   3  
Script
 
"Poetry of Everyday Life" [subseries]

The "Poetry of Everyday Life" Project (4 folders) contains photographs, press coverage, project and course descriptions, and publicity. Project and course descriptions include a three-page description of the project and syllabi from UC 312 and Honors 251. This project, which lasted from 1998-2003, combined research with poetry and community life for elementary students, partially taught by UM students. Elementary students produced writing and art projects after taking field trips to local areas in Ann Arbor.

Box   3  
Photographs
Box   3  
Press Coverage 2001
Box   3  
Project and Course Descriptions 1999 undated
Box   3  
Publicity 2000-2001
 
Radio Documentaries [subseries]

The Radio Documentaries Project (8 folders) consists of audio recordings (audio cassettes and compact discs), class schedules, and press coverage. The Radio Documentaries project worked on a number of documentaries with Michigan Public Radio, including research, interviews, and scripts. The audio recordings include cassette tapes and CDs of programs aired on Michigan Public Radio. Recordings include "B-Boys in Detroit," "Future Series with David Scobey," "Listening to Youth," "Out of the Tower" interview with David Scobey, "Passing on Bop," and the award-winning "Riot Diaries" about the Detroit riots. The class schedules include a syllabus for CAAS 487.

 
Audio recordings
Box   3  
"B-Boys in Detroit," 2005 (1 optical discs (CDs))
Box   3  
"Future Series with David Scobey" (1 audiocassettes)
Box   3  
"Listening to Youth," (2 optical discs (CDs))
Box   3  
"Out of the Tower," 1999 (1 optical discs (CDs), 1 audiocassettes)
Box   3  
"Passing on Bop," 2002 (1 optical discs (CDs))
Box   3  
"Riot Diaries: Coming of Age During the Riot Years," 2001 (1 optical discs (CDs), 1 audiocassettes)
Box   3  
Class Schedule
Box   3  
Press Coverage 2002-2005
 
Students on Site (SOS) -- Ann Arbor [subseries]

The Students on Site (SOS) Project was the first major project undertaken by AOC. It served as a model and core project to lunch other collaborations with AOC. SOS is divided into two parts: Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Students on Site-Ann Arbor (5 folders) contains group meetings, orientation and training, quarterly reports, and summary materials. The group meetings are broken in two groups, the SOS meeting and workshop notes and staff meeting minutes. Summary materials include an abstract of the project, SOS team members, flyers describing the project, and a master list of partnerships. Students on Site-Ypsilanti (4 folders) contains meeting minutes, project summary, and summary reports. The project summary is a bound copy that describes the project, including the curriculum. The summary report was written for the 2002-2003 academic school year, and includes a calendar, meeting information, lesson plans, and archival resources useful for teaching.

Box   3  
SOS Meeting and Workshop Notes 1998-1999
Box   3  
Staff Meeting Minutes 1998
Box   3  
Quarterly Report 1999
Box   3  
Summary Materials 1998-2001
 
Students on Site (SOS) -- Ypsilanti [subseries]
Box   3  
Meeting Minutes 2003
Box   3  
Orientation and Training Manual 2001
Box   3  
Project Summary
Box   3  
Summary Report 2002-2003 (2 folders)
 
"Telling It" Initiative [subseries]

The "Telling It" Initiative (1 folder) was a community-based arts and literacy project which assessed how engaging children ages 7-10 years old in the creative arts can foster growth in writing skills. Materials include notes, correspondence, newspaper articles, grant information, and pamphlets.

Box   3  
General 2005
 
Underground Railroad Project [subseries]

The Underground Railroad Project (16 folders) contains administration, bus tour information, and materials related to "Midnight Journey." The project undertook groundbreaking research on the Underground Railroad and African-American community life in nineteenth century Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Administration records include minimal correspondence, the 2001 exhibit presentation, expenses, meeting notes and summaries, project toolkit, and reports. The bus tour records include an audio recording of Bill Browning giving the bus tour (cassette tape), 2002 program summary, and the 1999 script from the Bill Browning bus tour. "Midnight Journey," a traveling public exhibit, contains docent guides, press coverage, publicity, slides from the opening reception in 2001 at the Ann Arbor District Library, and website design printouts for a website that may or may not have ever been published.

 
AACHM
Box   3  
Program and Event Schedule 2005
 
Administration
Box   3  
Correspondence 1998-2004
Box   3  
Exhibit Presentation December 12, 2001
Box   3  
Expenses
Box   3  
Grant Application 4/1/2002
Box   3  
Meeting Notes and Summaries 1998-2002
Box   3  
Project Toolkit 2002
Box   3  
Reports 1999-2003
 
Bus Tour
 
Audio recording
Box   3  
"Bill Browning Bus Tour" (1 audiocassettes)
Box   3  
Program Summary 2002
Box   3  
Script
 
"Midnight Journey"
Box   3  
Docent Guides
Box   3  
Press Coverage 1999-2002
Box   3  
Publicity
Box   3  
Slides of Exhibit and Opening 2001
Box   3  
Website Design
 
AOC Website [series]

The Website series (163 digital files, 36.3 MB) was captured from a direct transfer from the Arts of Citizenship Program website http://www.artsofcitizenship.umich.edu. The website capture included separate project websites in some cases. Note that some functionality has been lost in the attempt to preserve the website. The captured website contains nine sections: a description of the program, works and resources, information on staff, project information, funding, programs and speakers AOC supports, events, exhibit space, and a "what's new" corner. The Projects web page contains a table of all projects, as well as short descriptions of all projects, sometimes with links to a separate project website (Students on Site, Altar of Democracy, Broadway Park Design, and Listening to Youth). The website contains information not otherwise found in the collection.

  Online  
Website capture July 18, 2005 (163 digital files (36.3 MB)) [view archived website]