The Art of Ecology: An Introduction

The Art of Ecology: An Introduction

Interlochen Center for the Arts was founded in 1928 and is located in beautiful northwest lower Michigan. Each year thousands of young artists and arts patrons come to Interlochen to experience world-class educational and cultural opportunities. Academy high school students come from all over the globe to live at the school and study music, theatre, visual arts, film, creative writing and dance. Students are guided by an outstanding faculty and guest artists, and often are inspired by the scenic beauty of the campus. This year, we have a collaboration between the visual arts division and ecology classes. We are exploring forest regeneration and making art in the woods in response to what we're learning in the forest. Students are exploring conservation issues between art and science, studying the critical role forests play in the delicate balance of nature. And we are thrilled to be joined by guest artists Daniel McCormick and Mary O'Brien. Daniel and Mary collaborate on ecological art installations that respond to environmental issues, moving away from an anthropocentric view of nature to create sculptures that work with natural systems. It's an exciting project and we hope you'll follow along with us as we explore the connection between art and science in the ongoing transformation of our beautiful red pine forest.

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