The Office of University Outreach and Engagement provides access to a variety of cultural and educational resources through public events and programs.
The MSU Museum Educational Programs engage university and public audiences by developing and facilitating learning experiences connected to the Museum and MSU. Education activities at the Michigan State University Museum are designed to engage audiences, facilitate understanding, and inspire discovery.
Programs include: the elder HeART Tour program for individuals with dementia; Seal (Successfully Engaging All Learners) for -5 year olds and their families and teachers; Darwin Discovery Day where researchers and graduate students from all across MSU share their research and education with the public; field trips and tours for groups of all ages; and a museum docent program for those interested in learning about best practices relating to tour techniques and educational learning theories.
The MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts & Creativity at Wharton Center enriches lives by strengthening the value of the arts in day-to-day life through participatory lifelong learning programs throughout the state.
Programs include: professional development seminars on arts education and creativity, featuring the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Professional Development Series; the summer workshop series, Take it From the Top; the Young Playwrights Festival; Act One Family Series performances; Broadway Workshop; preview lectures; on-site college classes; and other interactive programs that integrate performing arts into K-12 curriculum.
MSU's Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) programs offer gifted students in Michigan the opportunity to access accelerated learning with programs that run the gamut from a crime scene investigation camp to Future DOcs, which works in collaboration with the College of Osteopathic Medicine to get middle school students excited about careers in the STEM fields.
The Spartan Youth Programs (SYP) website is a popular web portal that displays a wide range of exciting opportunities for pre-K through 12th grade students to improve their knowledge and skills in specific subject areas. With over 200 listings, the SYP is the comprehensive source for finding resources in agriculture, art, business, computers, engineering, math, music, science, sports, and writing. Precollege programs are an excellent way for students to explore career possibilities while being introduced to the college environment.
The Summer Solstice Jazz Festival kicks off East Lansing's summer cultural calendar every year in June. The Festival is presented by the City of East Lansing, the Wharton Center for Performing Arts, and the MSU College of Music, and is funded by dozens of sponsors, including University Outreach and Engagement at MSU and the MSU Federal Credit Union.
The MSU Science Festival is a multi-day celebration of science, fueled by curiosity, wonder, and discovery, held every year in April on the MSU campus in East Lansing, as well as in Detroit and at participating sites around the state. Event formats include demonstrations, lectures, discussion panels, hands-on activities, exhibits, and guided tours.
The Great Lakes Folk Festival showcases the traditional cultural treasures of the nation's Upper Midwest and a sampling of the best of traditional artists from around the country and the world. This unique fusion of art fair, music festival, county fair, multi-ethnic festival, and celebration of cultural heritage is held annually in August in downtown East Lansing. MSU collaborators include the MSU Museum's Michigan Traditional Arts Program, University Outreach and Engagement, the International Studies Program, and WKAR. The City of East Lansing and provincial and state folk arts programs of the Great Lakes region are also partners.