Posted by: Kath Usitalo | March 1, 2011

Parks Seek Artists

Lake Superior may inspire you

If you’ve got artistic talent and it’s been on your to do list to escape to a wild and beautiful place to focus and create, you could be Artist-In-Residence material.

Writers, composers, photographers, painters and other creative types who don’t need a kiln can apply for Artist-In-Residence programs at two Michigan parks that afford time to focus on their work in wilderness surroundings for a two or three-week period.

The A-I-R pays no rent but is asked to donate an original work created during the residency that will be shared with the public; the goal is to offer different artists’ interpretations of the surroundings.

In addition to donation of a work, during their stay the A-I-R will share their talent with the public at a reading, demonstration, or other talk. Food, personal items, art supplies and bug spray are BYO.

If you like solitude and are seeking a wilderness setting for inspiration click on the two parks below for details. Hurry, deadlines are approaching.

A-I-R programs accepting applications:

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park:
A program of the Friends of The Porkies, the non-profit fan club of the 60,000-acre park on Lake Superior in the far western Upper Peninsula. Two or three-week residencies will be awarded over several dates between May and February (see specific dates in the application materials).

Lodging will be in a cozy but rustic (no running water, outhouse) cabin built by the Friends of the Porkies.

Applications are due March 31.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore:
A National Park Service program at the Lake Michigan shoreline park in the northwest corner of the Lower Peninsula near Traverse City. Two, three-week blocks in September and October will be awarded.

Lodging will be at the campground or a park house (running water and indoor plumbing).

Applications are due April 15.

The National Park Service offers the A-I-R program at other parks, but those application dates have passed for 2011 at Michigan’s Isle Royale and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

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