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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


Teatro na Prisão-Redes de Teatro na Maré and Prison Creative Arts Program

The Brazil Initiative at LACS has partnered with the University of Michigan Prison Creative Arts Project to send a group of students to Brazil in order to learn more about the differences between the prison systems of the US and Brazil.  While in Brazil, these students have the opportunity to partake in theater workshops and performances in order to express social justice issues through a creative medium.


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

The Brazil Initiative at LACS brings Brazilian musician, Magali, and founder of Samba New York, percussionist, and ethnomusicologist, Philip Galinsky to campus to perform with the U-M Vencedores Samba Band.  Click above to watch Magali and Philip walk through the instruments of the Samba and talk about the history of this music.

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.