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Crossing Borders: EMU Students in Mexico

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Project ended on January 19, at 11:59 PM EST
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Crossing Borders: EMU Students in Mexico

This project is part of a course that explores the migratory crisis, the circumstances that have produced an increase of immigration and refugees, the consequences of displacement and the role of arts and artists as activists and educators. To introduce the students to these realities, students will work with groups that are devoted to helping immigrants and refugees integrate into our society such as the Rancho Feliz Charitable Foundation. Part of the class will travel to the Mexican border and help in social activities such as building houses, creating an art installation and interviewing people in the border.

This project will help students purchase the materials they need to build the houses for families that don’t have a place to live and to purchase the materials for the art installation. Students will build a simple shelter with the family members and decorate its exterior with a mosaic designed by an artist.


In addition, as part of the course, students will design an exhibition to be hosted at a local Ypsilanti, MI gallery (22 North) to share their work with the Mexican community.


This project is endorsed by the Arts Management and Administration programs and AMP! (AMPlifying the Arts), an EMU student organization.


You can follow the #EMUMexicoBorder on the Arts Management and Administration and the AMP! Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/emuamp 


Arts and Entertainment Management students develop innovative and entrepreneurial skills in managing visual and performing arts projects, businesses, and organizations. Students are challenged by hands-on management experiences in classes and professional internships at creative businesses and organizations.

Skills are developed in both the aesthetics of art and the practice of business. Courses include accounting, advertising, data literacy, public relations, law and public policy, marketing, program development, fundraising, entrepreneurship and a series of arts courses in art, film, music, and theatre.

Student-led and developed projects are introduced early through an academic service-learning assignment in the first introductory class where students plan and implement campus arts events. These projects are managed by an active student organization and have included coffee houses, DIY pop-up events, concerts, gallery shows, and community engagement projects. Additional applied learning opportunities include two semester-long internships at professional cultural organizations and cultural travel courses to professional conferences and city cultural tours.

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