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Co-Sponsorships of U-M Student Events

UMMA is thrilled to be the home of a variety of student-produced programs and events that align closely with the Museum’s educational mission. By partnering with U-M student organizations, UMMA provides a space for students share their ideas and voices, engage with a larger audience, and enrich the variety of experiences available for our diverse community. U-M student organizations are invited to apply for an educational co-sponsorship. 

If you are interested in adding catering to your event, the rental costs for this will NOT be covered in the co-sponsored agreement, meaning you will need to pay the rental fee for this additional space. Requests to reserve space for catering will be managed by the Facilities Department once your program/event has been approved for co-sponsorship. We offer reduced rental rates for students.

Co-Sponsorships of U-M Student Events

Who qualifies for a co-sponsorship?

  • The organizing group should be a registered student organization and have a shortcode—or be sponsored by a department with access to this shortcode
  • The proposed event/program must be open to the public, and organizers may NOT sell tickets
  • The proposed event/program may NOT be a fundraiser
  • The event/program should seek to educate and should align with the Museum’s mission as described below
How to Apply
Step 1

Send an email to umma-cosponsor@umich.edu. Requests MUST be sent at least six weeks in advance.

In the email include the following:

  • A list of desired dates and times (including start and end time; please indicate estimated amount of time for set up and take down)
  • Desired Museum space (Auditorium, Apse*, Multipurpose Room)
  • Type of event/brief description of what will happen
  • Expected A/V requirements
  • Estimated number of attendees

* Please note that the Apse is available on a very limited basis.

If you are interested in adding catering to your event, the rental costs for this will NOT be covered in the co-sponsored agreement, meaning you will need to pay the rental fee for this additional space. Requests to reserve space for catering will be managed by the Facilities Department once your program/event has been approved for co-sponsorship. We offer reduced rental rates for students.

Step 2

Once we have determined that a date and time is available, we will contact you to request a proposal. Your proposal must include a description of the program/event and explain how the program/event aligns with the Museum’s mission (below).

The University of Michigan Museum of Art seeks to transform individual and civic life by promoting the discovery, contemplation, and enjoyment of the art of our world.

Your proposal should include the following:

  • Explanation of the goal of your event/program and how you plan to achieve it
  • Detailed description, i.e. "run of show"
  • Explanation of how your event/program aligns with the Museum's mission (see above)
  • Publicity plans, outside of what UMMA can offer

(We understand that in the course of planning some of these details may change)

Feel free to attach any materials (fliers, programs, etc...) that you think will help give a fuller picture of the proposed event/program. The more detailed you can be the better!

If you cannot fully answer or address all of these issues, we still encourage you to apply. We just ask that you include as much detailed information as possible.

What are my options other than co-sponsorship?

We understand that co-sponsorship is not right for every event. UMMA offers reduced rental rates for student organizations. A rental event does not need to be open to the public or align with the Museum’s mission specifically, and may include catering. If you are interested in renting, please see our Event Rentals page for more information.