Amy Stein-Hansen
Ashlee Cowles
Carol Murray Jewelry
Cindy McSurely
Deborah Crandell
Diane Frederick
Elizabeth Calcutt
Greta Bolger
Heather Harris-Brady
Helen Grove
Holly Polich
Ian Jones
Ingrid Andrews
Jim Young
Joe Thatcher Thatcher
Judy Zorn
Julie Avery
Kate Korroch
Kristi Wodek
Laura Quackenbush
Laurie Sears
Leslie Donaldson
Linda Gits
Lora Frankel
Lisa Ventimiglio
Marcia Conlon
Mark Bowyer
Mary Dye
Megan Holtrey
Melanie Olsen
Melissa Johnson
Mercedes Michalowski
Molly Thompson
Helen Raica-Klotz
Raizel Coiman
Renee Hintz
Sharon Hubbard
Sharon Mick McAuley
Tamara Hoffbauer
Tami Maisel
Terry Beamsley
Tim Sparling Sparling
Ginny Hawkins
Walter J. Lee
William Lindemann
Yvonne Sage

NW MI Arts & Culture Network

Archipelago: Summer Musical Innovation and Leadership Academy

Archipelago held its 17th annual Summer Musical Innovation & Leadership Academy (MILA) camp and Workshop Series in Traverse City, Michigan, July 23-July 31, 2021.

Artistic merit for the project was achieved by employing quality teaching artists; offering classes and ensembles enabling student creativity, leadership, communication and collaborative skills; encouraging student learning and performance of music in several styles; and presenting an exciting high-quality concert experience that features students as a means to engage the broader community. MILA filled three specific needs within the Traverse City community:
1) Providing space for student creativity and student agency. Curriculum centered around student agency which provided space for the development of creative skills, entrepreneur skills, and community engagement; helping students develop and realize their potential as young artists and citizens.
2) Provided an affordable high quality summer music education experience for students. MILA was tuition free with only a small activity fee for local students and lodging & food fee for visiting students.
3) Provided the opportunity for cultural exchange. Local students and community members interacted musically and socially with visiting students who come from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds from around the country.
Archipelago’s MILA served 35 students in grades 6-12. Students performed in various venues around the region like WNMC radio, TC Senior Center, Central United Methodist Church homeless shelter luncheon, Stormcloud in Frankfort, Right Brain Brewing Company, and Oryana food co-op, and pop-up street performances. These diverse venues reached broad audiences, demonstrating art’s unique ability to transcend demographics and benefit all members of society. Since Archipelago also serves students from underserved music programs from around Michigan and the country, and teaching artists hail from various places throughout the world, such as Baltimore, New York, and Innsbruck, Austria, audiences were exposed to a wide-range of repertoire styles. This resulted in broad and generous support from local businesses, organizations, and private donors. Archipelago received fresh food valued over $1,000, musical instruments on loan valued over $5,000, facility usage valued over $1,000, one hour of on-air radio time, and private donations to help provide tuition-free participation for every student. Performances can be viewed on www.archipelagoproject.org

PO Box 1859
Traverse City, MI

Our Members


Charlevoix Circle of Arts

Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology

Dennos Museum Center

Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts

Good Hart Artist Residency

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

Leelanau Historical Society

Michigan Legacy Art Park

National Writers Series


Traverse City Dance Project

Glen Arbor Arts Center

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum

Jordan River Arts Council

Mash-Up Rock & Roll Musical

City Opera House

Benzie Historical Society

Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

Downtown Development Authority

The Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee

Northport Art Association

Voices Without Borders

Blissfest Music Organization

Raven and Lotus LLC

Traverse City Arts Commission

Crooked Tree Arts Center

Up North Arts

Cadillac Visitors Bureau

Parallel 45 Theatre Festival

Old Town Playhouse

Twisted Fish Gallery

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Traverse Symphony Orchestra

Rachael Harrell – Drama Kids

The Croft Residency

Drama Kids – Rachael Harrell

Michigan Museums Associations Scholarships & Conference


Gary Gatzke

Ian Jones

Jim Young

Kristi Wodek

Mark Bowyer

Mary Gillett

Megan Heator

Molly Thompson

Renee Hintz

Susan Wenzlick

Ted Alan

Greta Bolger

Edward Kocher

Nick Walsh

Heather Harris-Brady

Monica Stokes

Amanda Kik

Mercedes Michalowski

Sharon Hubbard

Leslie Donaldson

Elizabeth Calcutt

Maia Hausler

Becky Lancaster

Linda Dewey

Melissa Johnson

Daniel Stewart

Walter J. Lee

Michelle Bien

H. Eleanor Jones

Tom Kaufmann

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