Campus & Community

Campus and Community: A Celebration of the Land-Grant University Tradition of Community Engaged Action

The Campus and Community program features exemplary collaborative projects where MSU faculty and staff have co-created partnerships that respond to community issues, needs, challenges, or opportunities. Every year, three campus and community collaborations are honored and featured in separate sessions at the Great Lakes Folk Festival on the Campus and Community Stage.  Most of these projects involve the use of arts and cultural resources as a central part of their collaboration.  Representatives from the campus/community partnership share their experiences and interact with the festival audience.

In addition, the Campus and Community Program also features an evolving exhibition on the festival site that includes sections on past and ongoing Campus and Community projects; MSU’s land-grant history; MSU as a world grant university; campus cultural traditions; and MSU Museum Traditional Arts Program scholarly engagement with communities.

Funding for the Campus and Community programming and exhibition have been provided by MSU University Outreach & Engagement.

Young Playwrights Festival

Williamston High School and Robert J. Roznowski, College of Arts and Letters

The playwrights festival is a juried competition that offers mid-Michigan high school students the opportunity to submit an original short play for production. The plays are then performed twice before a live audience at Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre, followed by a public reflection and assessment process. The program began 20 years ago and has developed deeply collaborative roots among the academic, professional, and community partners who participate in jurying, mentoring, producing, directing, and advising young people.

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