Every other year, a young artist will enter The Writing House at Interlochen as the guest of the late Trustee Emeritus Virginia Beall Ball.
Ball, who passed away in 2003, demonstrated her love of the arts and her devotion to Interlochen's educational community in many ways, giving time and resources to the institution. A 2007 commitment from the Edmund E. and Virginia B. Ball Foundation underscored Ball's affinity by endowing a pre-existing biennial creative writing competition that provides substantial scholarship support for the winner to attend Interlochen Arts Academy as a creative writing major.
The Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition bears the name of a remarkable philanthropist. Known for her many and varied interests---including the arts, aviation, business, higher education, historic preservation, the humanities, and conservation---Ball was a longtime Interlochen supporter. She attended the Camp's University Division in 1941, playing cornet in both orchestra and band. She later served on Interlochen's Alumni Board, and was elected a Trustee in 1989; Ball was named Trustee Emeritus in 2000. Ball also served on the several other boards, including Ball State University Foundation, Indiana Public Radio, and the Minnetrista Cultural Foundation. She supported the National Wildlife Federation, the Michigan Land Use Institute, and the Inland Seas Education Association.