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Arts and Culture Network

Supporting the Arts and Celebrating the Culture

Photo credit: Peter Smith


The Brazil Initiative fosters collaborations in the performing arts, literature, and cinema between the University of Michigan, University Musical Society, and our Brazilian partners to educate U-M students and faculty about Brazil’s rich history and celebrate Brazilian culture. An integral part of this collaboration is the educational seminars, K-12 teacher workshops, roundtable discussions, and other public events organized around performances by renowned Brazilian artists. These educational opportunities, and of course the performances themselves, enrich the educational and cultural life of the area and the state.

Events and Programs

Modern Architecture in Latin America: The Other of the Other»

Exhibition: November 18-December 2, 2016:  Case studies of Modern Latin American architecture in graphics and video projection. Exhibition by Fernando Lara and Luis E. Carranza.

Conversation with Fernando Lara: November 18, 2016: The importance of Latin American architecture and hybridization with European traditions 

Samba Residency »

April, 2014: Brazilian musician, Magali, and founder of Samba New York, percussionist, and ethnomusicologist, Philip Galinsky, performed with the U-M Vencedores Samba Band in the FestiFools and FoolMoon festivals.

April, 2015: Magali and Philip Galinsky returned to Ann Arbor and performed with the U-M Vencedores Samba Band at the 2015 FestiFools and FoolMoon festivals.

UMS Global Music Series: Gilberto Gil »

April 3-4, 2015: The legendary musician and Brazil's Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil, returns to the University of Michigan for a talk and a concert.

Teatro na Prisão–Redes de Teatro na Maré and Prison Creative Arts Program »

Theatre in Communities – Networks for Theater in Maré and Culture in Prison, a cross-cultural exchange project by the U-M Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) and the Brazil Initiative.