Northern Michigan Arts & Culture

Northern Michigan is a place with incredible natural beauty and varied landscapes. It is also home to the Interlochen Center for the Arts and several other longstanding cultural institutions. Little wonder the region has been so attractive to artists and musicians of all types. Here we bring you those stories. 


ICA Alum News
1:51 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Interlochen graduate heads to the Cathedral

Bryan Dunnewald, IAA Class of 2014

Onward and upward!  The Bryn Athyn Cathedral in Pennsylvania has gained a new Assistant Organist. Organ scholar Bryan Dunnewald, IAA Class of 2014, was just chosen to work at the Cathedral with Principal Organist, Terry Schnarr and Musical Director Graham Bier. Bryan will play at services on the Cathedral's new E.M. Skinner/Kegg organ.

Between his new duties as Assistant Organist, Bryan will continue his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.  While we certainly miss having his fantastic skills all to ourselves, we're thrilled to know he'll be sharing his talents with others on a regular basis.

Learn more about the historic Bryn Athyn Cathedral here, and join us in keeping up with Bryan's career on his website.

Hear Bryan perform without having to trek all the way to Pennsylvania, below.  The piece: Maurice Durufle's Prelude and Fugue on the Name of Alain, a tribute to the composer's fallen friend.

Congrats, Bryan!

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Grand Rapids ArtPrize
10:24 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Ludington photographer's Afghanistan images featured at ArtPrize

Photographer Ryan Spencer Reed spent three months in Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division.
Credit Ryan Spencer Reed

Ryan Spencer Reed is a photographer from Ludington whose work falls into the category of “social documentary.”

In 2011, Reed entered the Grand Rapids ArtPrize with a collection of photographs documenting the human tragedy of civil war and genocide in Darfur and South Sudan.

This year, Reed is back at ArtPrize, this time with photos he took while embedded with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

IPR’s Aaron Selbig asked Reed how he managed to get the OK from the Army to tag along with the 101st Airborne Division in a war zone.  

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9:58 am
Thu September 11, 2014

ArtPrize winner exhibiting at Dennos this month

Sunflowers by Ann Loveless

One artist from Benzie County is not allowed in ArtPrize this year. That’s because she won the grand prize last year. Ann Loveless’ quilt work will be on display in Traverse City this month at The Dennos Museum Center.

Her victory at ArtPrize started a decade ago with a big problem. She was a seamstress then and the strength in her hands was starting to fail.

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7:02 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Canadians geek science more than everyone else, report says

A recent report from the Council of Canadian Academies finds our Canadian neighbors have a pretty fine grasp of science. 

The panel has commissioned a nationwide survey of how Canadians relate to science. Compared to similar surveys in other countries, Canada ranked first in science literacy: 42% of Canadians are able to read and understand newspaper stories detailing scientific findings.

Despite our shared border, Canadians seem to be ahead of the U.S. in understanding and appreciating science topics.

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10:40 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Michigan music's big impact on the UK

Iggy and The Stooges performing in a concert in London, England

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 5:06 pm

It's no secret that Michigan has turned out some powerful figures in the world of pop music. Musicians and artists whose influence rocketed out of Michigan and spread around the world.

A great example of this is in the United Kingdom. Many artists there were influenced by the R&B and Motown music: The Beatles, the Stones, the Who, and so many more.

Chris Hawkins is a music journalist and host on BBC6 music. He says Michigan artists and their music have had big impact in the UK.

"There's something joyous about the sound of Motown. The lyrics often a little more complicated ... It was like nothing we've ever experienced here before ... It made artists huge starts, and we adopted those stars here in many ways," says Hawkins.

Moving through the decades from the Motown glory days, Hawkins says artists and songs from Michigan have sparked unique responses in the UK and drew enthusiastic fans.

"Madonna's Vogue ... I remember the little bar I used to go to in the small town where I grew up, everyone was voguing," says Hawkins.

* Listen to our conversation with Chris Hawkins above.

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