Envision Interlochen at 100


Looking toward our Centennial

As we approach Interlochen's centennial, we celebrate our leadership in arts education, drawing upon our remarkable success to envision an even brighter future. The resulting plan, Vision 2028, is supported by two fundamental pillars: The Formative Experience and The Young Artist Destination.


The Formative Experience

Key components of The Formative Experience include exceptional faculty, an outstanding visiting and guest artist program, innovative diversity, equity, and inclusion programming, and life-changing artistic opportunities.

At Interlochen, our students develop their artistic potential while cultivating core capacities we define as The Interlochen 5. This holistic approach ensures our students can realize their highest aspirations as artists, performers, and young leaders.

Interlochen Arts Academy dance students and faculty rehearse

Recruiting and retaining renowned faculty to enrich our curriculum and artistic programs ensures accomplished and passionate educators serve as mentors for our young artists.   

Director of Dance Joseph Morrissey instructs Interlochen students inside the Dance Center facility.

 

Sydney James Harcourt performs with Interlochen Arts Academy student in Resolve at National Sawdust

Visiting Artists, Artists-in-Residence, and Visiting Faculty bring specialized expertise, new voices, and innovative methods to our campus and depart as ambassadors for Interlochen. 

Interlochen alumnus, Grammy award-winner, and Broadway star Sydney James Harcourt performs with Interlochen students at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, New York.

 

NPR's Eric Deggans presents to Interlochen Arts Academy students

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programming inspires Interlochen students, staff, and faculty to serve as agents of compassion and change. In this work, we are guided by one of Interlochen's core tenets: World Friendship Through the Universal Language of the Arts. 

National Public Radio (NPR) reporter and author Eric Deggans presents to Interlochen students, faculty, and staff on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Interlochen dance students perform on stage with Interlochen orchestra students at Miami's New World Center

Special Initiatives and Touring Opportunities provide exceptional experiences for our students to share their work in major cultural centers across the country and around the world. To maximize the educational impact, these exceptional opportunities are firmly embedded within in the academic, artistic, and residential curriculum. 

Interlochen students from all seven disciplines perform an original, collaborative, and interdisciplinary piece at the New World Center in Miami, Florida.

 

Reflecting on the student tour in Miami:

It was an incredible performance. I wrote the script, put on this huge dress, and performed on stage. I worked with dancers, composers, and visiting faculty member Sydney James Harcourt—who is famous and gave me notes! That’s my incentive—to do more, to do better—because I can achieve anything here.  

—Sabine, Creative Writing, (IAA 19-21)

The Young Artist Destination

Interlochen is the destination for young artists, where they transform their passion and potential into purpose. We believe that every student with the talent and drive to benefit from our programs should have the opportunity to attend  Interlochen, regardless of financial means. The Young Artist Destination initiative ensures we can provide access to our world-class programs, through financial aid, merit awards, and global scholarships, to deserving young artists. 

Interlochen Arts Academy student plays violin in Miami

Interlochen aspires to to meet the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted aspiring young artist from around the globe through increases to Financial Aid.

 

Visual Arts student painting at Interlochen Arts Academy

Merit Awards help Interlochen recruit accomplished young artists with numerous options to pursue their aspirations.

Interlochen Arts Academy international students with country flags inside Corson Auditorium

Global Scholarships sustain our international community, ensuring Interlochen students broaden their perspective by developing world friendship through the universal language of the arts.

I crossed the Atlantic from Poland to Interlochen Arts Academy...

So I could follow my dream of playing in American orchestras. I then met the faculty whose goals were to make students curious and interested in the world. Interlochen is about respecting individuality with emphasis on caring about others. It makes me aware that being a motivated young musician means to never be afraid of challenges.

 —Zofia, Classical Performance, (IAC 19, IAA 19-21)

Envision these outcomes

Our founder, Joseph Maddy, envisioned “one of the greatest institutions for the development of the arts that the world has ever seen.” Today, we are internationally recognized for our immersive, comprehensive, year-round arts education programs dedicated to young artists. Yet, as we envision Interlochen at 100, we aspire even higher.

Meet 100% of the demonstrated financial need of every admitted student.

Recruit and retain the very best faculty to teach and mentor ambitious young artists.

Deliver a life-changing experience that is diverse and inclusive for all.

Welcome more visiting artists across every artistic division whose work here expands our reach and reputation.

Inspire students to spend as many years as possible immersed in the Interlochen experience.

Double our endowment, providing permanent support of these transformative initiatives.

Together, as an ensemble of artists and supporters, we will take Interlochen to new heights in its second century and beyond.

—Trey Devey, President

Be a Changemaker: Pledge Your Support

Through the collective impact of loyal donors to the Annual Fund and through your influential gifts of a lifetime, Interlochen’s people and programs will thrive in our second century. We invite you to join us as we build on nearly 100 years of excellence.

The world is a better place with Interlochen and Interlochen alumni.