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. 

Peter & Paul's Tribute To Mary At Interlochen

Jul 21, 2010

Aaron Stander continues the broadcasts of the National Writers Series in Traverse City, this week featuring Thomas Lynch, author of “The Undertaking – Life Studies from the Dismal Trade."  Lynch is renowned for his charismatic stage presence and captivating manner of storytelling in front of live audiences.

Filmmaker Passionate About Historic Idlewild

Jul 7, 2010

<p>In 2007, Hollywood made a musical named <em>Idlewild</em>. They took the name from Northern Michigan's African-American resort. The movie disturbed Coy Davis. Davis had shown the real Idlewild in his own documentary of 2001. Now, it seemed, Hollywood was gunning down the resort's image. That put Davis on a mission. Brad Aspey reports. </p>

ArtPrize Deadline Looms

Jun 30, 2010

<p><em><a href="mailto:aspeybw@interlochen.org">By Brad Aspey</a></em></p> <p>The deadline for artists to find a space to show their work in Grand Rapids' ArtPrize is Thursday. </p> <p>ArtPrize is open to any artist in the world. During last year's competition, Traverse City artist Eric Daigh came in third place and went home with $50,000 dollars. </p> <p>ArtPrize offers the largest prize of any competition in the world with a quarter-million dollars going to the first-prize winner.

Jumping For A World Record

Jun 28, 2010

Point Betsie Renovations Receive Award

Jun 7, 2010

<p><em><a href="mailto:payettepc@interlochen.org">By Peter Payette</a></em></p> <p>Point Betsie Lighthouse has reopened after being closed for renovations this winter. Today, the group that has done the work on Point Betsie Lighthouse will receive an award from the State of Michigan.</p> <p><strong>The Hard Work Of The 1940s</strong><br />The keepers' quarters inside the lighthouse have been fully restored.

Lighthouse Renovations Win Award

Jun 7, 2010

Author Interview: Thomas Lynch. Poet. Undertaker.

Jun 2, 2010

<p><em><a href="mailto:kramertw@interlochen.org">By Tom Kramer</a></em></p> <p>Author Thomas Lynch is tonight's guest of the National Writers Series in Traverse City. He's a poet, and essayist, a novelist and... we must not forget... an undertaker.</p> <p><em>Listen to the audio above for Tom Kramer's chat with Thomas Lynch.</em></p>

Tom Brokaw spoke in Traverse City last month as part of the National Writers Series. The television anchor and journalist talked about his best-selling books including, "The Greatest Generation" and "Boom! Voice of the Sixties." The speech airs on IPR News Radio Tuesday night at 9pm and Wednesday afternoon at 1pm.

Veteran journalist, and author, Tom Brokaw was in Traverse City earlier this month for the National Writers Series at the City Opera House. He also stopped by Traverse City West Senior High school to talk with students from all over the region. The talk he gave for students: Tweet is a verb, writing is forever.

Tom Brokaw At The National Writers Series

May 12, 2010

Long-time television news anchor and author Tom Brokaw will be speaking tonight at the City Opera House in Traverse City.

It's part of the National Writers Series.

Before addressing the sold out crowd, he'll talk to students at Traverse City West Senior High School about the role social media can play in how we record our lives.

Barrons Returns To TV -- Amateur Style

Apr 27, 2010

Aaron Stander will continue the broadcasts of the National Writers Series in Traverse City, this week featuring Mary Karr, author of The Liars Club.

Hall of Famer Memoir

Apr 20, 2010

Books For Walls

Apr 14, 2010

Jayme Stone Brings African Banjo To TC

Apr 9, 2010

Artforms: April 2010

Apr 1, 2010

<p>Can a company from Lansing successfully run a Traverse City performing arts venue and stay true to the unique character of the city? We'll take your calls.<br /><em><br />Live</em> Thursday, April 1 at 9:00 a.m. News Radio 91.5fm</p> <p><em>Rebroadcasts: </em><br />Thursday, April 1 at 6 p.m. Music Radio <br />Saturday, April 3 at 7 p.m. News Radio <br />Sunday, April 4 at 1 p.m. News Radio</p>

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

Art Program Encourages Disabled Adults To Speak Up

Mar 3, 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

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