Entertainment & the Arts

Gifts of Art Program

Bringing the world of art & music to the U-M Health System. 

Art Galleries

Gifts of Art's nine galleries annually feature over 50 different exhibits, including two and three-dimensional. The artwork on display is richly diverse in style, medium, form and subject, and provides an ever-changing sampling of the best art the region has to offer. Visit  our Exhibit Galleries site for more information on current exhibits. To purchase a piece of art on exhibit, please call 734-936-ARTS (2787). Purchases can be made via cash, check, American Express, Visa or Mastercard charge, or U-M payroll deduction.

Artists in Residence

Artists in Residence collaborate with Gifts of Art in the creation of participatory arts projects with patients and staff. The Dragon of Wishes Hopes and Dreams was a collaboration with Art & Design Assistant Professor Anne Mondro and her students from the class Retaining Identity: The Role of Creative Work within the Healthcare Setting. The dragon was designed by artist Katy Bergman Cassell, funded by a FIGS grant, and brought about by participants creating messages in words and pictures on paper fans -- more than 1,700 in all -- which were then folded to become the scales adorning the Dragon. Spanning more than 16 feet, this magnificent dragon was dedicated to the patients, visitors, faculty and staff of the University of Michigan Health System on July 11, 2006 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers. It is located outside the University Hospital Main Lobby on the first floor.

Public Performances

In addition to sponsoring on-site art-making demonstrations, Gifts of Art presents weekly free public performances in music, theater and dance. Hospital audiences can expect to see anything from Shakespearean comedies to tap dance ensembles. Performers include local, regional and international artists. Summer events take place in the hospital courtyard, weather permitting. For a complete description of our current monthly performances, including photographs of this month's performers, performance locations and hours, visit Gifts of Art or call 734-936-ARTS (2787).

Music While You Wait

Volunteers perform in hospital waiting areas and on the baby grand piano in the University Hospital main lobby to provide soothing music for waiting patients, their families and friends, and staff. If you would like to become a volunteer musician, please call Gifts of Art at 734-936-ARTS (2787), email GOA@med.umich.edu or contact Volunteer Services

Friends Meditation Garden

Restorative gardens have had a presence in hospitals since the Middle Ages.  The U-M Health System is pleased to continue this tradition of hospitality with a beautiful outdoor Meditation Garden for quiet reflection. The garden was specifically designed to be a place of comfort and respite for patients, visitors and staff.  It is located on the northeast side of the courtyard, adjacent to the Towsley building.

Nichols Arboretum

The University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum (locally known as "the Arb") connects people with nature, educates us about our natural heritage and preserves the beauty of southeast Michigan for generations to come. Entrance to the Nichols Arboretum is across the street from the new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital at 1610 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.  Pedestrians from the U-M Hospital can reach the entrance by using the sidewalks along East Medical Center Drive.

As you explore, you’ll find one of the richest landscapes in the region, as well as a complex glacial topography that presents vast panoramas, broad valleys, intimate dales and glens as well as the Huron river.  Year-round, the Arb is a feast for the senses. For more information, visit the Nichols Arboretum website or call 734-647-7600.