The lower level of the Richard J. Mazurek, M.D., Medical Education Commons will ring with the sound of song next week when The Ultrasounds perform for the first “Art in the Atrium.” The Dec. 11 performance, which begins at noon, will run about 40 minutes. The Ultrasounds is an a capella group consisting of School of Medicine students.
The site of the performance is the first floor of the Mazurek Medical Education Commons, in the general reading area in front of the Shiffman Medical Library.
Sandra Martin, interim director of the Wayne State University Shiffman Medical Library, and Ron Spalding, chief administrative officer of Academic & Student Programs for the School of Medicine, developed the program to bring more art into the medical school’s newest building.
Martin said the idea for periodic live entertainment in the building sprang from a discussion about displaying student artwork. “It was during a discussion of the visual arts project that we hit upon showcasing other student talents like the performing arts,” she said. “I think there might have been a similar program some years ago, but we’re not sure exactly what happened. There are several medical schools with similar programs that bring together medicine and arts. We thought we’d like to try and resurrect the program.”
“Plus the location – the soaring atrium — seems like the perfect spot for this type of activity,” Spalding added.
For now, the plan is to schedule the live performances from noon to 1 p.m. on Fridays throughout the various seasons.
While the first act has been booked, Spalding and Martin are exploring ideas for future performances, with an eye toward something for spring. Spalding is discussing a possible performance with the organizer of a student-faculty orchestra.
The Dec. 11 performance will be introduced by Executive Vice Dean Robert Frank, M.D., and Sandra Yee, dean of the University Library System.