With the emergence of COVID-19, the arts, museums and theaters have been deeply affected, forcing many professionals to put the arts on hold, leaving very little revenue for many arts and cultural organizations.
Now that society is adjusting to the pandemic, the lights are on again for the arts.
On January 28, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that she had awarded funding grants to 10 Michigan arts and culture organizations, totaling $1.35 million. One of the organizations was Interlochen Center for the Arts, which received a $150,000 grant.
Located in Interlochen, Michigan, Interlochen Center for the Arts provides opportunities for students in grades 3 through 12, as well as adults of all ages, to improve their craft, whether in creative writing, dance, cinema and new media. , interdisciplinary arts, music, theater or visual arts.
Receiving a scholarship is an honor for Interlochen Center for the Arts and its president, Trey Devey.
“We are extremely grateful to have been approved for this grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which will enable the Interlochen Center for the Arts to continue to recover from the pandemic. From domestic and international travel via Cherry Capital Airport by the hundreds of families and Interlochen guest artists who come to the Interlochen campus each year, to the 130,000 patrons who attend our shows each year, Interlochen is a contributor major contribution to Michigan’s arts and culture sector and the regional hospitality industry,” said Devey.
Devey said the COVID-19 pandemic was the most challenging time in his 94 years as the Interlochen Arts Center operates on education, arts and live entertainment. Through the odds, Interlochen was able to get creative and launch Interlochen Online, a virtual program where young artists still have the opportunity to hone their craft.
A year later, Interlochen was finally able to welcome artists back for in-person performances last summer. The joy and excitement of being able to perform live again was memorable for the artists.
This academic year, Devey said there were more than 550 young artists from 24 countries at the Interlochen Academy of the Arts, improving their creative skills and participating in safe live performances.
“We are also preparing for our 95th season of Interlochen Arts Camp, which will be running at full capacity this summer,” Devey said.
For more information on Interlochen Center for the Arts, visit their website https://www.interlochen.org.