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Art & Soul: The Visual Arts - Connecting To Art In Cyberspace From UMMA

University of Michigan Museum of Art

With most museums and public art spaces closed due to the current public health crisis, people are still enjoying art in new ways.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined  by state and local arts leader Omari Rush and the head of education for the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Jim Leija, to talk about how the museum is still connecting to art lovers all over the world.


The pandemic has forced the University of Michigan Museum of Art to close its doors.  Still, its website has been updated to provide many forms of education and entertainment for art lovers everywhere.

Some of UMMA's new programs include:

  • Learning Resources - This collection includes lesson plans, images, and enrichment activities that can be used in the virtual classroom, or at home.
  • UMMA Exchange- Here you can explore UMMA's Collections and discover Learning Resources created by scholars, experts, and other visitors. Use the Collections and Learning Resources created and housed in the Exchange for research, teaching, learning and fun.
  • Art in Your Inbox - Sign up and we'll send images of select works of art from UMMA's collection directly to your inbox once or twice a week.
  • Virtual Field Trips - From Cats and Dogs to art that makes you do a double take, four new virtual field trips will take you on explorations across the museum's collections. Tours range in grade-level appropriateness from Kindergarten to fifth grade.
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Westside Art Hop


Because of the health crisis, this year's Westside Art Hop in Ann Arbor has been postponed.  You can still check out what the artists are presenting by clickinghere.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu

Lisa Barry was a reporter, and host of All Things Considered on 89.1 WEMU.
Omari Rush has a continually expanding role of service as both an artistic administrator and community leader, in part through his work as curator of public programs at the Ann Arbor Art Center.
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