Citizen Artistry: The Role of the Artist in Communities

Program length: 3 weeks
Program dates:
June 27, 2020 to July 18, 2020
Tuition: $6,100
Age range: Students currently in grades 6-9
Currently accepting applications on a rolling admission basis.

Interlochen Arts Camp 2020 is pivoting this summer to Interlochen Online. Learn more about our interactive online summer arts series.

This program is designed for students in grades 9-12 who have established skills in the visual arts and a desire to use their artwork to interact with the community. Students will learn the history and current trends in socially driven artwork.

Guest speakers, such as social workers and nurses, will work with students to identify and understand the unique qualities of each audience in the different settings they will visit. An understanding of empathy and diversity will be emphasized.

Students will take chaperoned trips to work with organizations including, but not limited to, the Cowell Family Cancer Center, The Great Lakes Children’s Museum, Downtown Traverse City and assisted living communities. While working with these organizations, students will help design projects that are meant to incite change in a community. They will be collaborating to create artwork that is socially engaged and uses human interaction as a medium.

While students will be creating work with and for people in the Traverse City community, they will also have the opportunity to create self-directed work in response to their experiences off campus.


Resources and Facilities

The visual arts department is housed in the state-of-the-art Dow Center for Visual Arts. Its features include separate studio space for ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing, metals, digital arts, photography, printmaking, and fibers. The most impressive facility of its kind at any secondary school in the country, it also includes a professional gallery space for exhibitions of work by students, faculty, and visiting artists.

Portfolio Requirements

  1. Prepare five images that represent your highest quality of work. Two pieces must be from direct observation, drawn or painted from life, not copied from a photograph. The other three images can be in any medium of your choice.
  2. Write a statement that explains your interest in and definition of community-based art. If you have had any experience working in your own community, you may talk about that as well. Experience is not required though.