Interlochen to complete transformative 30-year master plan for campus

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Interlochen Center for the Arts will officially mark the completion of its campus master plan, a 30-year transformation that has played a key role in its evolution from a national summer music camp to a global, multidisciplinary and multidisciplinary leader in the arts. and education.

The “Sasaki Associates Campus Master Plan” has guided 17 major installation projects, including dedicated and state-of-the-art “houses” for the seven artistic disciplines of Interlochen: creative writing, dance, film and new media, interdisciplinary arts, music, theater, and visual arts.

“Over the past 30 years, the incredible generosity of our community has brought the Sasaki Plan to fruition and reshaped the artistic face of our campus,” said Interlochen Center for the Arts President Trey Devey. “Young creatives aged 8-18 from 50 states and 40 countries come to Interlochen every year to turn their passion into a goal in all artistic disciplines in facilities comparable to those of professional arts organizations, colleges and conservatories. . “

Interlochen will celebrate the major milestone for an invited audience on October 21-22, 2021, with performances, exhibits and readings by Academy of the Arts students across campus and with groundbreaking ceremonies at both facilities the most recently completed on the plan: the all-new Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow House, a convertible residence with visiting artist suites and breathtaking views of Green Lake; and the state-of-the-art 26,000 square foot lakeside dance center. Interlochen students, faculty and staff will be joined by current and retired directors, past presidents and representatives from Sasaki Associates and other architectural firms.

Initiated by former Interlochen President Dean Boal in October 1990 and approved by the Interlochen Board of Directors in July 1991, the campus master plan was funded by former Interlochen Trustees Herbert H. and the Foundation eponymous by Barbara C. Dow. It aimed to create a physical environment worthy of Interlochen’s emerging global reputation while enjoying the unparalleled natural beauty of the campus, with particular attention to the preservation of woodland and lake grounds and vegetation.

“With the extraordinary support of our community, we can now focus more on making Interlochen even more transformative and accessible to future generations of creative change makers as we approach our second century,” said Devey.

As part of ‘Vision 2028’, a set of strategic priorities leading up to its centenary, Interlochen plans to dramatically increase merit-based and need-based financial support for arts camp and academy students in order to ensure that the Interlochen experience is accessible to even more young artists. . (This school year, 80% of Academy of Arts students received merit and need-based financial aid, totaling nearly $ 16 million, a level of financial aid that distinguishes the Academy of Arts among other top private high schools.)

Interlochen also plans to partner with the most sought-after faculty and guest artists to create an even more impactful educational experience and enhance programs across the institution. These initiatives encompass touring opportunities that allow students to share their work across Michigan and in major cultural centers nationwide and around the world.

Efforts to retain and recruit world-class educators passionate about teaching young artists are already underway, with recent hires including Broadway veteran Justin Lee Miller, director of Interlochen’s inaugural musical theater program; renowned violinists and distinguished professors Tina Chang Qu and Jorja Fleezanis, new members of the strings faculty; award-winning trumpeter Josh Lawrence, director of jazz studies, and many more.

Through Vision 2028, Interlochen also aspires to be the unparalleled leader in diversity and inclusion in arts education. Recent advancements in this area include increasing the national diversity of the Academy’s student body from 21% to 28% between 2015 and 2021, and increasing national diversity among students attending the Interlochen arts camp. from 22% to 28% between 2016 and 2019 (the most recent summer of normal camp operations).

Ultimately, Sasaki Associates’ campus master plan set the stage for Interlochen’s bright future, creating nine world-class art installations: the Phoenix Theater, the Frohlich Piano and Percussion Building, the Harvey Theater Complex , the Writing House, the DeRoy Center for Film Studies, the Herbert H. and Barbara C. Dow Center for Visual Arts, the Upton-Morley Pavilion, the Music Center and the Dance Center. The plan also includes renovations to the main Corson Auditorium and Interlochen Bowl venues, as well as the Mallory-Towsley Center for Arts Leadership, home to Interlochen for Lifelong Learning organizer, the College of Creative Arts. ; Bonisteel Library, which presents academic and musical collections; Corson Park, a picturesque lakeside lounge and garden area; the Dennison Center for Recreation and Wellness; and the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow House, a convertible lakefront residence with guest artist suites.

A global destination for artists and art lovers, Interlochen Center for the Arts nurtures creativity through Interlochen Arts Camp, the famous summer arts program; Interlochen Arts Academy, the country’s first artistic high school; Interlochen Presents, a producer of over 600 annual performances by internationally renowned guest artists, students and faculty of Interlochen; Interlochen Online, the emerging leader in virtual arts education; Interlochen Public Radio, two 24-hour public radio stations (classical music and news); and Interlochen College of Creative Arts, an organizer for lifelong learning in the arts.

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