Announcing 2017 adult education classes and lectures

New schedule of spring/summer classes offers educational lectures; scholarship opportunity, along with courses in art, music, creative writing and more

New additions highlight the 2017 Interlochen College of Creative Arts (ICCA) spring and summer schedule, including a creative writing scholarship opportunity and several art lectures. ICCA announced the new lectures along with their lineup of adult arts programs, the majority of which take place on the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts. The first of their kind offered through ICCA, the in-depth lectures will explore subjects ranging from the authorship controversy surrounding Shakespeare’s works to Asian influences on Western Art and music.

“We’re very excited about our new lectures,” says Interlochen College of Creative Arts Director Leslie Donaldson. “Each one will be a standalone program, allowing the public an in-depth opportunity to explore topics of artistic interest.”

The lectures will begin in April with actor, director, and Interlochen Instructor of Theatre Arts David Montee leading a Shakespeare Authorship Symposium. This discussion will examine the mysteries and controversies surrounding the authorship of Shakespeare’s works in celebration of the Interlochen Theatre Department’s production of the “lost play,” Cardenio. In July, three additional lecture programs are offered, with educator and arts expert Carol Jonson presenting “Japanese Influence on Western Art in the 19th and 20th Centuries,” and Interlochen Public Radio’s own Amanda Sewell discussing the “History of Music at Interlochen,” and “Asian Folk Influences in Western Classical Music.”

Along with the new lectures, ICCA has announced the new Anne-Marie Oomen and Katey Schultz Writers Retreat Scholarship for adult students interested in attending the Writers Retreat June 12-15, 2017. The annual scholarship will be based on merit, and will cover the cost of registration for the retreat. 

The 2017 ICCA spring and summer schedule of adults art classes includes programs in music, visual arts, creative writing, media, and professional development. Classes for 2017 range from instruction in pastels and poetry to 3-hour ukulele workshops and more. Early-bird registration for summer programs $275 and greater receive a $25 discount when enrollment occurs prior to April 1, 2017. Several courses are also packaged together to offer a reduced rate and a more intensive educational experience. More than 50 courses are registered with the State of Michigan to provide continuing education clock hour credits to K-12 educators.

The 2017 spring/summer adults arts schedule runs February through August. For more information on classes, the Oomen-Schultz Scholarship, or to register, visit the Interlochen College of Creative Arts website at