Symposium Proves Art Lives at Interlochen and Beyond

Ask any of the more than 800 students, educators and artists who attended Interlochen's recent Symposium what the theme was, and they'll probably smile and tell you that #artlives.

This diverse group joined together Oct. 10-13, 2012, to ask some hard questions and discuss the future of the arts. Leadership, the environment, teaching and learning, and the future of the book and the ensemble were topics discussed in heated panels, while artists like Billy Childs, Carolyn Forché and Tony Kushner spoke about their own accomplishments and life lessons. Performances by Jack Ferver and Andrea Gibson caused attendees to question the very definition of performance art, and at times, moved the audience to tears.

Cory McAbee and Liz Lerman brought laughter, with McAbee's advice to "pull up your pants and go" when questioned how young artists could make a difference, and Lerman's choreography of Swan Lake involving everyone in Corson Auditorium. (We really mean everyone!) Ford Futurist Sheryl Connelly, conservation biologist Steven Goodman (IAA 73-75) and musician and composer Guillermo Figueroa encouraged their audiences to look at the arts with a different perspective, with Judith Burton daring attendees to "take knowledge in art and knowledge in science and reconcile them to create solutions to today's issues." Camp alumnus and music educator Stanford Thompson shared insights about inspiring a younger generation with music. 

And visual artists, writers, dancers, singers, musicians, filmmakers, actors and more worked together to do just as Burton instructed. Because as one attendee tweeted, "When all arts align #artlives."

Below is a highlight video from the Symposium. 

Below is an image gallery from the Symposium.