Riverbank Arts
400 N Saginaw Street
Muscatawing

Riverbank Arts is a community-centered space for creatives, community members, and academics to develop and find support for artistic and cultural production in Flint.

We welcome all creators and supporters of art and culture to connect and collaborate.  


Riverbank Arts is an initiative of the Arts+Culture Research Cluster at The University of Michigan Flint, and is supported by the Office of Research and Economic Development.








Riverbank Arts is a community-centered space for creatives, community members, and academics to develop and find support for artistic and cultural production in Flint.

We welcome all creators and supporters of art and culture to connect and collaborate.


Riverbank Arts is an initiative of the Arts+Culture Research Cluster at The University of Michigan Flint, and is supported by the Office of Research and Economic Development.
UMS / UMF Artist-in Residence



The University Musical Society and the Arts + Culture Research Cluster at the University of Michigan-Flint are delighted to announce Ash Arder, Flint native and transdisciplinary artist, as the selected 2021-22 Flint-area artist in residence. 

Arder’s artistry and research interrogate viewers’ own proximity to and participation in social and climate justice issues. Through highlighting moments of tension where she finds ruptures in empathy between living entities and the objects and space surrounding them, she hopes to shed insight on the conditions causing these “relational glitches.” Her work exposes, deconstructs, manipulates, or reconfigures physical and conceptual systems while intimately examining the relationship between humans and more-than-humans through sound, sculpture, installation, literary and moving-image works.

Ash Arder will develop a new body of work incorporating sound and sculpture, which explores relationships between music, storytelling and place. As the artist in residence, Arder will engage with the UM-Flint campus and community for the duration of the 2021-2022 academic year, facilitating and leading on-campus workshops, artist talks, and community engagement activities while collaborating and mentoring emerging artists.

Read an interview with Ash about their work here.

This residency, funded in part by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks to bring artists to UM-Flint to center the creation of art in the campus experience. Through this residency, UMS and UMF seek to:

  • Support an artist in developing new work in Flint
  • Share the artistic creative practice with UM-Flint students, faculty, and staff
  • Forge interdisciplinary connections between the artist’s practice and various academic units on campus
  • Provide opportunities for interaction and exchange between UM-Flint and the wider community of Flint-area artists and residents

For more information and to apply, visit:


https://ums.org/education/university-programs/flint-artist-in-residence-program/