Portfolio Project

In the Portfolio Project, U-M student and community volunteers work one-on-one with artists in juvenile facilities, adult prisons, and Detroit high schools to create portfolios of art, writing, theater, music, or dance and include not only the artist’s strongest creative work, but also a professional resume, artist's statement, and statement of goals. These portfolios represent the artist's achievement and are a a physical artifact that can be presented to family and friends, as well as to judges, colleges, employers, and possible mentors.

Through this process of creating art and self-reflection, participants are encouraged to express themselves and are supported in their growth as artists and individuals.  

University of Michigan students and community members who would like to become Portfolio Project facilitators must:

  • Participate in a mandatory training session.
  • Attend bi-weekly PCAP meetings, every second Wednesday from 6:30-9:00 pm.
  • Attend an orientation at the facility where they'll be working.
  • Attend all scheduled weekly sessions with their portfolio partner.
  • Complete assigned readings from a coursepack (a collection of readings) and texts, if given.
  • Complete a weekly journal entry.
  • Complete and send progress notes to the Portfolio Project coordinator after every weekly session.
  • Help their partner complete his/her portfolio by their last session.
  • Complete and present a creative response to the project as an overall account of and reflection on your experience.
  • Work with other volunteers to organize a final presentation and celebration of the completed portfolios at each facility.
  • Be responsible to the Portfolio Project student leaders, the Portfolio Project coordinator, and the liaison at their facility.

Interested in volunteering with the Portfolio Project? Contact Sari Adelson.