All events are free and take place at UMMA unless otherwise noted.

Oct 29

Virtual ​Art & Activism: Printing Totes & Posters for a Cause

Please click here to register by Monday, October 19. UMMA will provide a supply kit and registered participants will receive an email with information for how to pick up supplies.

As we all look ahead to the November election, and think about the role artists play in activism, we want to get our creative juices flowing and print our own favorite slogan!

Timnet Gedar, PhD student in History, will share some background on the work of Botswana born artist Meleko Mokgosi, whose installation Pan African Pulp, is currently on view at UMMA and includes posters from Pan-African movements founded in Detroit and Africa in the 1960s as well as a few designed by Mokgosi.

Then Michigan-based artist Shayla Johnson will show you how to create a unique poster (or tote bag) featuring your own personal slogan and design. Shayla Johnson is founder and designer of Scarlet Crane Creations, a dedicated micro-batch textile printing house specializing in hand-printed fabrics for home decor products and lifestyle accessories. Unique surface patterns range from free flowing florals to abstract textures in order to produce stylish and sophisticated collections. Scarlet Crane Creations is housed at POST so you’ll have the opportunity to see Shayla’s work space, printing table, and work in process. Shayla also works for UMMA as a Museum Applications Developer.

This event is part of a collaboration between UMMA, the African Graduate Student Association, the African Student Association, and the African Business Council. All are welcome if there is space, but we will prioritize student participants as supplies are limited.

Lead support is provided by Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan African Studies Center and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.

Student programming at UMMA is generously supported by the University of Michigan Credit Union Arts Adventures Program, UMMA's Lead Sponsor for Student and Family Engagement.