Living Arts: An Interdisciplinary Living and Learning Community

  • November 18, 2013
  • By Mark Jones     
Innovation, creativity and collaboration in an interdisciplinary residential community.

Living Arts

Living Arts is an interdisciplinary residential community in Bursley Hall on the University of Michigan’s North Campus that brings together 80 undergraduates in the arts, architecture, engineering, and other fields to explore innovation, creativity and collaboration. Dr. Mark Jones is Director of Living Arts.

Living Arts strives to provide an open, playful environment that encourages students to generate and pursue creative new ideas. The program offers weekly classes and monthly workshops by distinguished faculty and working professionals from the fields of engineering, architecture, visual arts, film, music performance and composition, dance, and theater.

All Living Arts students take an interdisciplinary class together and work on collaborative projects. In addition, Living Arts provides mentorship by older students and support for Living Arts students to create their own programming and events. reactive leaps thrive on two elements: deep knowledge and expertise in a subject area, and interaction with people whose knowledge and expertise are different from—but in some unexpected way complementary to—a student’s own.

Living Arts, the only learning community on North Campus, is also the only learning community co-sponsored by the four North Campus units:

College of Engineering
Stamps School of Art & Design
School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning

Click here to learn more about Living Arts.