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  • Act One School Series Weekday Matinees (2016 - 2017)

    Dates:

    Please see the current schedule at the website below.

    Location:

    Wharton Center, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Act One School Series provides curriculum-linked, performing arts enrichment activities for students in grades K-8. Shows produced by nationally touring youth theatre companies bring characters from history and literature to life in one-hour school-day matinees. The lecture-demonstration format of selected shows provides a perfect opportunity to introduce students to cultural music and dance artists from around the world. Please view the current offerings at the website below.

  • Breslin Student Events Center

    Location:

    534 Birch Road, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    The Breslin Student Events Center is a facility for students and the greater MSU community, sponsoring major educational and entertainment events. The Breslin Center is also home to Michigan State Basketball. Hold your next event at the Breslin Center. Find the perfect space among our five private meeting rooms, two auxiliary gymnasiums, concourse and 15,000-seat arena. Whether you’re planning a small meeting or large corporate event, the Breslin Center will make it unique.

  • Center for Poetry Fall Writing Series (October, November 2017)

    Dates:

    • October 4, 2017: Ocean Vuong
    • October 24, 2017: Dan Gerber
    • October 31, 2017: George Ella Lyon and Diane Gilliam
    • November 8, 2017: Crystal Good

    Location:

    LookOut! Gallery, Snyder Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824. The Dan Gerber presentation takes place in Green Room, 4th floor, West wing of the MSU Library.

    Description:

    The MSU Residential College in the Arts and Humanities' Center for Poetry sponsors the Fall Writing Series.  The 2017 presenters are:

    Ocean Vuong: Wounds, winner of the Whiting Award and Thom Gunn Award, finalist for Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the Lamda Literary Prize, and was named by the New York Times as a Top 10 Book of 2016.

    Dan Gerber: The author of more than a dozen books, including eight volumes of poetry, Dan Gerber is also a Michigan native, an MSU alumnus (history, philosophy, political science, 1962), a former professional race car driver, and co-founder of the literary journal Sumac with the late Jim Harrison. (co-sponsored with the Michigan Writers Series)

    George Ella Lyon: George Ella Lyon has published award-winning books for readers of all ages, and her poem, “Where I’m From,” has been used as a model by teachers around the world. Recent titles include She Let Herself Go (poems) and the following picture books: Which Side Are You On? The Story of a Song, and All the Water in the World (both CCBC Choices), The Pirate of Kindergarten (Schneider Award) and You and Me and Home Sweet Home (Jane Addams Honor). Originally from the mountains of Kentucky, Lyon was the Kentucky Poet Laureate from 2015-2016.

    Diane Gilliam: Diane Gilliam is the author of the lyric narrative Dreadful Wind & Rain, and three collections of poetry: Kettle Bottom, One of Everything, and the chapbook Recipe for Blackberry Cake. She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from Ohio State University.

    Crystal Good: Crystal Good uses poetry and performance to explore the landscape of Appalachia as a lens into the universe. She is a member of the Affrilachian Poets, a Irene McKinney Scholar and performs with Heroes Are Gang Leaders, a New York-based Free/Avant-Garde experimental improvisation ensemble. She is the author of  Valley Girl and is working on her second collection of poetry.

     

  • Community Music School Early Childhood Music Classes

    Location:

    4930 Hagadorn Road, East Lansing, Michigan

    Description:

    MSU's Community Music School offers early childhood music classes that are designed to create a rich music environment in which children can interact in any way they feel most comfortable. Some children are active participants, while others prefer to watch and absorb. Although the classes differ according to the age levels and readiness of the children, all classes include singing and chanting in a wide variety of tonalities and meters. Many of the songs performed in class are without words because children tend to focus on words rather than on musical content. Also provided are opportunities for age-appropriate movement, with a focus on guiding children to move in a sustained, continuous, and relaxed way. Parents of children younger than three are required to participate with their children in class activities. Parents need not be musicians to enjoy what happens in class and to be of musical value to their child.

  • Community Music School Music Lessons

    Location:

    841 Timberlane Street, East Lansing, Michigan

    Description:

    MSU's Community Music School offers instruction to interested individuals of all ages and levels. Lessons are offered on a weekly basis during the 15-week fall semester, 19-week spring semester, and six-week summer semester. Private lesson tuition includes weekly lessons, area and schoolwide play-ins, occasional group lessons, schoolwide recitals, occasional guest master classes, and a discount on most CMS programs and classes. Lessons include piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, jazz, harp, guitar, voice, organ, carillon, and composition and theory.

  • Community Music School Partnerships

    Location:

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    Description:

    MSU's Community Music School (CMS) partners with public and private schools to provide music instruction. For example, Montessori Children's House in Lansing and Radnor Montessori in Okemos have contracted with CMS to provide music teachers for preschool and elementary children and beginning band instruction. CMS also partners with the Haslett Public Schools and Happy Time School in Lansing to provide early childhood music instruction.

  • Global Festival: Travel the World in One Day (November 2017)

    Dates:

    Sunday, November 12, 2017. 

    Location:

    MSU Union, 427 N. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    The Global Festival offers the opportunity to explore cultures from around the world. Every year, international students participate in showcasing their home country with features such as children's games, international exhibits, and performances.  During the festival, explore the World Gift Shop, which offers a variety of international art works, jewelry, glassware, clothing and a multitude of gift items. Proceeds support the Community Volunteers for International Programs Scholarship Fund, for spouses of international students to attend MSU classes.

  • Institute for Arts & Creativity at the Wharton Center

    Location:

    Wharton Center, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Institute for Arts & Creativity at the Wharton Center provides meaningful, participatory lifelong learning programs both at Wharton Center and throughout the state for audiences of all ages. The Institute also serves a role in helping Wharton Center serve as an industry leader and advocate to help bolster the cultural and economic vitality of the community and the state; present a diverse selection of performing arts experiences with world-class artists and newly commissioned works; advance the arts by presenting Michigan’s finest arts organizations; and strive to ensure that the diversity of our community is reflected on our stage and in our audience.

  • Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center (East Lansing, MI)

    Location:

    219 South Harrison Ave, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, located on campus, displays a unique atmosphere, with cultural and sporting activities right at its back door. Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center offers state-of-the-art conference facilities, including a 300-seat auditorium and 30 multi-function meeting rooms accommodating groups of 10 to 1,000. When planning an event, the Conference Services department provides personal assistance from beginning to end. The Audio-Visual department also provides equipment and technical assistance. Each of the 165 hotel rooms is beautifully furnished and offers the finest quality accommodations.

  • Latin IS America Festival (March, April 2018)

    Dates:

    Events are spaced over a four-week period on the MSU campus from March 25 through April 23, 2018

    Location:

    Events will take place in Cook Recital Hall, Demonstration Hall, the MSU Community Music School, Fairchild Theatre and Music Building.

    Description:

    Spearheaded by the MSU College of Music, the sixth annual Latin IS America Series of music will feature national and internationally renowned guests in performances, workshops, scholarly discussions, and film. For the 2018 Festival: Brazilian berimbau music, Venezuelan folk fusion, a Latino dinner and dance party, and a two-day musicology symposium will be among the multi-dimensional activities at a month-long series at Michigan State University that celebrates the blending of Latin American and U.S. cultures.

  • MSU College of Music

    Location:

    Call for location

    Description:

    MSU's College of Music presents more than 300 concerts on campus and throughout the United States annually. On-campus performances are given in the School of Music Auditorium, Hart Recital Hall, Fairchild Theatre, Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, and the Wharton Center for Performing Arts. In addition, the Community Music School offers lessons, ensembles, classes, performance opportunities, early childhood music, and music therapy service for interested individuals of all ages and levels.

  • MSU Community Music School

    Location:

    • CMS East Lansing: 4930 S. Hagadorn Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823
    • CMS Detroit: 3408 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201

    Description:

    The MSU College of Music is actively engaged in bringing music education to communities in Greater Lansing and Detroit/Southeast Michigan, reaching thousands of children and adults each year. 

     

    Community Music School (CMS) East Lansing: For more than twenty years, CMS–East Lansing enrolls an average of approximately 3,000 students annually. Classes offered in collaboration with the College of Music included piano pedagogy, early childhood music education, teaching instrumental music, and string methods. A partnership with the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities included CMS-taught folk music classes for members of the MSU community and local residents.

     

    Community Music School (CMS) Detroit: CMS-Detroit, in its 3rd year of operation, enrolled 462 students. The new center represents the College of Music’s commitment to Southeast Michigan and is an extension of the popular CMS–East Lansing. The new Detroit facility offers jazz for youth, band and orchestra for adults of all ages, the Aspiring Musicians Program for youth in grades 5-8, summer camps, adult group lessons, early childhood music education for children from birth through age 5, and music therapy clinical services.

     

  • MSU Cultural Engagement Council for the Promotion of Arts and Cultural Resources

    Description:

    MSU's Cultural Engagement Council (CEC), the organizing body behind the Year of Arts and Culture, is composed of leaders of allied cultural units, outreach, and student life. The CEC strives to increase the visibility of campus cultural resources and facilitate expanded MSU cultural engagement among our students and across Michigan, nationally, and internationally. The CEC seeks to build among students and the community a common understanding of the importance of culture through new and innovative partnerships and collaborations; and to enhance teaching and research in all aspects of the study of culture.

  • MSU Department of Theatre

    Location:

    149 Auditorium, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Department of Theatre, along with the College of Music and the Department of Art, constitutes a major portion of the performing and fine arts component of the College of Arts and Letters. The Department offers a variety of performance opportunities and frequently invites guest artists to visit the campus.

  • MSU Libraries

    Location:

    Main Library: 100 Library (on West Circle Drive), MSU, E. Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The MSU Libraries collections include more than 4 million volumes, 28,000 serial subscriptions (in print and electronic form), 5 million items in microfilm and microfiche, 200,000 maps and 40,000 sound recordings. The Libraries include extensive holdings in history, the social sciences, languages and literature, area studies, medicine, agriculture, and general sciences as well as several specialized, interest-specific collections.

  • MSU Library Special Collections Division

    Location:

    East wing of the main MSU Library on West Circle Drive

    Description:

    The MSU Library has a Special Collections Division, located on the lower level of the main Library. Special Collections holds rare and special printed materials which have been identified as needing special security, handling, and shelving. Some of the most well known collections include the Russel B. Nye Popular Culture Collection, the Veterinary Medicine Historical Collection, the Radicalism Collection, the Cookery Collection, and the Michigan Writers Collection. Special Collections materials may be used by MSU faculty, students, staff, and other qualified persons with appropriate identification (MSU ID or driver's license). Temporary permission may also be extended to local area high-school students engaged in school related projects; documentation from the appropriate teacher or school administrator is required. The website lists the hours of access to the Special Collections. There is also a website available to view items from the digital collections online.

  • MSU Museum

    Location:

    MSU Museum, West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU Museum’s commitment to society as a land-grant university museum is met through education, exhibitions, research, and building and stewardship of collections that focus on Michigan and its relationship to the Great Lakes and the world beyond. The Museum showcases permanent exhibits such as Heritage Hall, Hall of Animal Diversity, Habitat Hall, and Hall of World Cultures, along with many new and changing exhibits. Additionally, the Museum is participating in events and programs that focus on children and may be of interest to K-12 teachers, including the Teacher Resource Program, the Dinosaur Dash and Hello Halloween. Group tours to the Museum, as well as Virtual Tours from the comfort of your own classroom, are also available.

  • MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center

    Location:

    486 Green Way, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    The MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center is rethinking the way the MSU Community disposes of its unused materials – including our own take on REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE.  The surplus store sells items in the following categories: Art, Antiques and Collectibles; Audio/Visual; Bicycles; Bid Items; Books; Computers; Farm & Garden; Furniture; Household and Home Decor; Industrial and Manufacturing; Kitchen and Restaurant; Laboratory; Land/Property; Media; Office; Printer & Copier Supplies; Recycling Containers; Sporting Goods and Clothing; Vehicles & Trailers.

  • Multicultural Children's Literature

    Location:

    Online listing; MSU Library

    Description:

    This resource provides educators with Web listings, books available at the MSU Library, and journal articles. The primary focus is on multicultural literature, which offers positive role models for all children.

  • Seats 4 Kids

    Location:

    Wharton Center, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Wharton Center has established Seats 4 Kids, a scholarship fund to provide free tickets to local youths who could not otherwise afford to attend a performing arts event. Much more than just entertaining, the arts have the power to teach, inspire, unify, and truly transform individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Research shows that young people who are engaged in the arts do better in school and are more involved in their communities. They also demonstrate higher academic performance including increased standardized test scores and lower drop-out rates than those students not involved in the arts. Tickets are distributed to economically-disadvantaged children through local community service organizations and Title 1 schools that have been pre-approved based on their ability to distribute scholarship tickets to qualified kids.

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