[email protected] uses art to promote social change in Southeast Michigan


YPSILANTI – [email protected] at Eastern Michigan University announced a new partnership in February 2022 with Embracing our Differences Southeast Michigan, a non-profit organization that aspires to promote social change through artistic projects. Given EMU’s mission to enrich the lives of a supportive, intellectually vibrant and diverse community, this partnership showcases large-scale public art created by local artists and artists from around the world. The banners can be viewed at Gallup Park and Leslie Science Center in Ann Arbor as well as Riverside Park and Parkridge Community Center in Ypsilanti through September.

“The mission of Embracing Our Differences in Southeast Michigan is to use art to start conversations about differences and help foster respect, understanding, and appreciation for those differences that make people who they are. they are,” said Tyler Calhoun, Operations and Communications Coordinator for [email protected] . “Art has a vital role in promoting social change. Art makes people think, and it also helps to unite people.

[email protected] brought together nine docent students from different areas of campus to help bring this project to life. They include a leadership team of two graduate students, one studying Speech Language Pathology, the other studying Applied Theater and Youth Theater as well as two staff members, Tyler Calhoun and Decky Alexander. Guides are trained to discuss the posters with visitors and illuminate the messages behind each artwork.

“We would like to encourage all groups and organizations to visit all four sites, and especially the major exhibits at Riverside and Gallup Parks,” said Nancy Margolis, executive director of Embracing our Differences Southeast Michigan.

Tours, led by EMU docents, will be available at Riverside and Gallup Parks for schools, camps, church groups, daycares and other interested individuals. Transportation to and from the parks is available free of charge. For more information on tours, email [email protected] or call 734-355-0577.

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It serves more than 15,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, honors, doctoral, and certificate studies in the arts, sciences, and professions. In total, more than 300 majors, minors, and concentrations are offered by the university’s colleges of arts and sciences; Company; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Social Services; and its doctoral school. National publications regularly recognize UEM for its excellence, diversity and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University website. To stay up to date on University news, activities and announcements, visit EMU Today.


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