As an engaged-learning initiative of the U-M SMTD Performance Outreach program exists both to provide high quality cultural experiences for the surrounding community and for the educational benefit of participating students. Each year, dozens of SMTD students perform in a wide variety of venues, including hospitals, senior centers, schools and community centers. Presentations are often provided for organizations whose members are unable to view live performances due to lack of funds or mobility. School presentations are designed to provide exposure to live performance to augment the regular curriculum. Meaningful interaction is a key component of this program and performers are provided training with support from partnering organizations and U-M faculty and staff.
Managed by SMTD Community Programs, presentations are coordinated by SMTD Michigan Artist Citizens (MACs). MACs gain important arts administration and leadership skills as they program performances, recruit student volunteers, and plan logistics in collaboration with partnering organizations. SMTD student volunteers benefit by expanding their experience performing for diverse audiences in non-traditional settings while developing important communication skills.