Northern Michigan Arts & Culture

Northern Michigan is a place with incredible natural beauty and varied landscapes. It is also home to 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. 

Traverse City's National Writers Series continues this evening with author Rhoda Janzen. Listen in to her chat with IPR about her memoir, Mennonite in a Little Black Dress.

Cheboygan Chess Team Brings Home Trophy. Again.

Mar 11, 2010

Building Abenaki Canoes

Mar 9, 2010

<p>IPR recently visited a Suttons Bay woodshop where, for the past four years, volunteers and students have been working side-by-side to build Abenaki canoes. This winter the shop has also started building sailing prams. </p> <p>In this audio postcard, hear why volunteer Chuck Dickerson puts so much time and energy into teaching woodshop at the Inland Seas Education Center.</p>

Artforms: March 2010 - Claudia Schmidt

Mar 4, 2010

Aaron Stander hosts our premiere broadcast of the National Writers Series in Traverse City, featuring the advice goddess, Amy Alkon, author of I See Rude People

Art Program Encourages Disabled Adults To Speak Up

Mar 3, 2010

Archive Highlight: John T. Unger's Firebowls

Feb 19, 2010

<p>Making a living as an artist. Millions want to do it but few succeed. One Mancelona artist earns his living making sculpture. But, as IPR’s Brad Aspey tells it, his success was extremely hard won.</p>

The first full year of Traverse City's National Writers Series begins this week at the City Opera House.

Nationally syndicated advice columnist Amy Alkon is the first author in a season that will include best-sellers Tom Brokaw, James Bradley, Peter Matthiessen and others.

Traverse City resident Doug Stanton is one of the founders of the National Writers Series.

He says the series won't simply be another author reading.

The first full year of Traverse City's National Writers Series begins this week at the City Opera House.

Nationally syndicated advice columnist Amy Alkon is the first author in a season that will include best-sellers Tom Brokaw, James Bradley, Peter Matthiessen and others.

Traverse City resident Doug Stanton is one of the founders of the National Writers Series.

He says the series won't simply be another author reading.

Painting Poetry in Petoskey

Jan 29, 2010

<p>How do you paint a poem? That question is being answered by a group of  artists in a new exhibit at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey. Mary Ellen Geist stopped by the show to speak with some of the artists. </p>

New Richard Brauer Movie "Fitful"

Oct 28, 2009

<p>In "Barn Red," Traverse City filmmaker Rich Brauer drove home a serious point about land stewardship.  In his new movie, "Fitful," Brauer just wants to keep moviegoers on the edge of their seats. </p>

Beulah Artist Robert Fitzke

Oct 21, 2009

<p>The work of Northern Michigan artist Robert Fitzke is decorative, whimsical and warmly-colored. But it wasn't always cheerful times that motivated the artist. IPR's Brad Aspey recently visited Fitzke's studio. </p>

<p>Last night, Grand Rapids celebrated the opening day of the first annual ArtPrize. </p>

Inventor Of "The Stick" In Interlochen

Aug 19, 2009

<p>The Interlochen Guitar Festival gets underway this year with a performance featuring a musical instrument you may never have heard of. The inventor of the Chapman Stick and and one of its greatest players will perform. </p> <p> See <a href="

Howard play</a> the Stick.</p> <p> </p>

New York Times bestseller Elmore Leonard ("Road Dogs" 2009) and his son, novelist Peter Leonard ("Trust Me" 2009) speak as part of the Traverse City National Writers Series. This series features lively conversations with prominent writers, from novelists and short story authors to journalists and television writers. This presentation was recorded in the City Opera House in Traverse City.

Mumblecore Comes To Traverse City

Jul 21, 2009

Mumblecore Comes To Traverse City

Jul 21, 2009

Taming of the Shrew

Jul 1, 2009

<p>The Interlochen Shakespeare Festival is staging "The Taming of the Shrew" this summer. </p> <p> In this lighthearted production, Shakespeare's battle of the sexes is set in an early 19th-century circus. </p> <p> IPR's Brad Aspey visited a rehearsal. </p>

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