Charlie Michaels is Assistant Director of Student & Faculty Engagement at the Center for Socially Engaged Design. He leads C-SED’s Socially Engaged Design Academy, manages marketing and communications, and works with faculty across the Schools and Colleges at the University of Michigan to build collaborations and integrate the center’s resources into existing courses and programs. 

Prior to joining the Center for Socially Engaged Design team Charlie was Coordinator of Social Engagement programs at the University of Michigan’s Stamps School of Art & Design. At Stamps, Charlie managed a suite of courses and partnerships with Detroit schools, including an Artist & Designer in Classroom Residency Program and the development of the Brightmoor Maker Space, a collaborative workspace for Detroit youth and UM students. 

Charlie has designed and taught engaged learning courses in Ghana, focused on socially engaged community design projects, and in Indonesia, in collaboration with the political printmaking collective Taring Padi. Charlie is a Curator of the Prison Creative Arts Project’s (PCAP) Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners, one of the largest exhibitions of art by incarcerated artists in the world, and has taught courses that partner students with incarcerated youth in juvenile treatment centers on creative projects. He is a Creative Community Fellow of National Arts Strategies and the Center for Social Impact Strategies at University of Pennsylvania and is a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient for “Between the Earth and Sky,” an intergenerational community arts project engaging youth and older adults with memory loss. Charlie has been the NEA Social Practice School Arts Residency Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center and has also been an artist-in-residence at The Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, IL and Cross Cultural Collaborative in Nungua, Ghana. Charlie holds a MFA from the University of Michigan and a BFA from Bradley University.

Other Specializations: Photography, Visual Communication, Graphic Design, Creative Thinking/Problem Solving, Working with Youth

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