UMS

About

Celebrating our 138th season!

ums presidence ken fischer receives national medal of arts from president barack obama

Mission

To inspire individuals and enrich communities by connecting audiences and artists in uncommon and engaging experiences.

About UMS

UMS was selected as one of the 2014 recipients of the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest public artistic honor, awarded annually by the president of the United States at the White House to those who have “demonstrated a lifetime of creative excellence,” according to the National Endowment for the Arts, which oversees the selection process. In the photo above, UMS president Ken Fischer receives the award.

Housed on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, UMS is one of the oldest performing arts presenters in the country, committed to connecting audiences with performing artists from around the world in uncommon and engaging experiences.

With a program steeped in music, dance, and theater, UMS contributes to a vibrant cultural community by presenting approximately 60-75 performances and over 100 free educational activities each season. UMS also commissions new work, sponsors artist residencies, and organizes collaborative projects with local, national, and international partners.

 
Performances

The center of all that is UMS. We believe in the power of world class performing arts to inspire, transform, and connect individuals with transcendent experiences. From the illustrious to the unknown, from the traditional to the experimental, UMS opens the doors to a fascinating journey, full of new discoveries.

Connection

The performing arts are not a one way experience, but a conversation in which you participate. Our programs feature audience participation events, online dialogue after performances, community events, and so much more. We hope UMS lives beyond the walls of our venues and becomes part of our thinking, our memories, and our lives.

Learning

Learning is core to UMS’s mission, and it is our joy to provide creative learning experiences for our entire community. Every season, we offer a spectrum of Education and Community Engagement activities focusing on K-12 students, teachers, teens, university students, families, adults, and cultural and ethnic communities. We exist to create a spark in each person, young and old alike, exposing them to things they haven’t before seen, and leaving them with an ongoing and lifelong passion for creativity and the performing arts.