Special Programs

Arts and Health

Special Program

Arts and health are intertwined in many ways. The arts contribute to good health and healing and situations affecting health inspire art. Art is used for patient care, therapeutic environments, caregiver support, personal and community well-being, memorialization, professional and public health education, advocacy, and fundraising.

Many cultures and communities have a long history of traditional arts, medicines and practices that have helped to sustain healthy living and address health challenges. Around the world,

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Oral History Lab

a partnership with the Smithsonian Affliate Program

Share Your Story at the Oral History Lab!

Great Lakes Folk Festival
August 12-13
1-4 pm
In the Campus Room at the Marriott


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Queer Traditions Summit

August 10 -11, 2017
East Lansing, Michigan

The Queer Traditions Summit leads up the Great Lakes Folk Festival and takes place on August 10-11, 2017. It will be in East Lansing, Michigan at Scene Metrospace and the Snyder Hall on the MSU Campus.

The inaugural Queer Traditions Summit (QTS) is a two day event exploring queer folklife: the everyday culture, aesthetic expressions, and traditional arts of LGBTQIA+ people in Michigan, nationally, and internationally.

The QTS will include roundtable discussions,

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Water Moves MSU

2016- 2017 Arts and Culture theme at MSU

WATER MOVES Michigan State University to take the lead in science, technology, art and innovation to shape a better tomorrow in the Great Lakes and beyond. During 2017, Spartans will educate to empower community action, inspire creativity, and instill a sense of urgency to respect and appreciate the most prevalent and precious resource on our planet.

This 2017 MSU thematic year initiative will encourage discussion and debate and build new bridges at the intersection of topics such as health,

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Will to Adorn

a partnership with the Smithsonian Affliate Program

The Will to Adorn: African American Dress and the Aesthetics of Identity is a multi-year collaborative folk cultural research and public presentation project initiated by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Through the work and perspectives of museum, academic, and community scholars, and community-based cultural practitioners including artisans and designers from across the nation, this project explores the diversity of African American identities as expressed through the cultural aesthetics and traditional arts of the body,

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