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Arts and Culture Network

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.

Photo by Peter Smith

Highlight

Annual Samba Residency Program

The Brazil Initiative at LACS brings back to campus Brazilian musician, Magali, and founder of Samba New York, percussionist, and ethnomusicologist, Philip Galinsky, to perform with the U-M Vencedores Samba Band in the FestiFools and FoolMoon festivals. Magali and Galinsky also direct workshops and rehearsals with students and teachers at U-M and Ann Arbor public schools. They also lead an open Samba music and dance sessions with U-M students; and perform at the University for public school children from Detroit.

Programs

Exhibition and and discussion by Fernando Lara and Luis E. Carranza featuring case studies of Modern Latin American architecture in graphics and video projection

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

The legendary musician and Brazil's Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil, returns to the University of Michigan for a talk and a concert.

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.