For Students

Reopening Programs: Grand Community Reopening!

Saturday, March 28, 6 pm to Sunday, March 29, 6 pm

It’s time to celebrate! After years of planning, fundraising, construction, and installation, it’s time to throw open our doors for 24 full hours of festivities and fun. Join in the celebration of UMMA as a meeting place for the arts. Check out the new views and the restored Apse, stroll the galleries, and share in the excitement.

Support for UMMA’s public reopening has been provided by the University of Michigan Health Systems, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Radio, the University of Michigan’s Office of the Vice President for Communications, the Japan Business Society of Detroit Foundation, the Main Street Area Association, and the State Street Area Association.


Saturday 5:55-6 pm Bells and carillon across campus and community will peal in anticipation of the Museum’s public reopening.

Saturday, March 28 6 pm to 12 midnight

Performances in the Museum Apse

6:15 pm University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club
6:50 pm Boychoir of Ann Arbor
7:25 pm Ann Arbor Youth Chorale, Descant Choir
8 pm University of Michigan Women’s Glee Club
8:30 pm Whitley and Al Hill, original alt-country music
11 pm DJ Dance party with DJ Chuck Sipperley

In the Galleries

7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm, 10pm Bon Soir, Françoise, a 10-minute original theater piece inspired by Picasso, directed by Professor Jerry Schwiebert, featuring students from the UM School of Music, Theater and Dance. Modern and Contemporary Gallery, mezzanine level.
6:40, 7:15, 7:50 pm Gloria Handbell Choir performs in the Vertical Gallery
7–9 pm Curators and “Ask Me” docents in the galleries
7–11 pm “Ask Me” student docents at the Dialog Table in the Vertical Gallery

U of M Student Performances in the Stern Auditorium

7 pm G-Men A Cappella
8 pm Jazz Trio, led by Michael Malis
9 pm FunKtion: Hip Hop
10 pm Dance, choreographed by UM Dance majors Marlee Cook-Parrott and Nadia Tykulsker
11 pm Comedy Company

Multipurpose Room

12-6 pm Art- and jewelry-making with the Ann Arbor Art Center. Create your own original jewelry, or try your hand at Kara Walker-style silhouette making.

UMMA Commons

6-10 pm Vie Fit Health and Fitness consultations
10-12:30 pm Euchre competition and board games

Sunday, March 29 Midnight to 6 am


11-4 am DJ Dance party
4-6 am Dance, Dance Revolution, Courtesy of Ann Arbor District Library

Stern Auditorium

12 am and 1 am Music videos by Ghostly International, sponsored by Ann Arbor Film Festival
2–5 am “Rock Band”music video game, Courtesy of Ann Arbor District Library


Euchre competition and board games, ongoing

Sunday, March 29 6 am to Noon


6 am, 8 am Tai Chi with Master Wasentha Young
7 am Kundalini Yoga with Lisa Barley, KRI
9 am Hatha Yoga with Christy DeBurton, RYT

Stern Auditorium

7-10 am Sunday morning cartoons
11 am Concert by Gemini

In the Galleries

10 am, 11 am, 12 pm Docent-led tours of the new UMMA—meet at the Information Desk in the Apse


10-2 pm Vie Fit Health and Fitness consultations

Sunday, March 29 Noon to 6 pm


12-4 pm Kids can pick up their scavenger hunts and explore the Museum


1 pm Bichini Bia Congo—Congolese dance and instruction
2 pm Pure Dance Ensemble—instructor Gina Danene Thompson and team perform hip-hop and teach some basic moves
3 pm Salsa demonstration and instruction with Laura Geldys of Dance Revolution studio
4 pm Ancient Rhythms: Classical Odissi Dance from India performed by Sreyashi Dey and Srishti Dances of India present a tapestry of movement and symbolic storytelling
5 pm Salsa demonstration and instruction by M Salsa

Stern Auditorium

1-5 pm Ekphrastic Poetry Ektravaganza (poems about art), featuring:
1 pm Writing group 826 Michigan presents middle school poets
2:15 pm High school poets with teacher and poet Jeff Kass
3:30 pm Keith Taylor and other celebrated UM poets and students

Multipurpose Room

1-6 pm Two ongoing activities with the Ann Arbor Art Center—Tattoo U! Be inspired by your favorite work of art and make a temporary tattoo. And what’s a party without a party hat? Make art-inspired hats, caps, crowns, and headdresses.

In the Galleries

12-4 pm Docents assist with scavenger hunt
1-4 pm Curators and “Ask Me” docents in the galleries
1-4 pm “Ask Me” student docents at the Dialog Table in the Vertical Gallery