NW MI Arts & Culture Network
COLLABORATION IS THE NAME OF THE GAME
LELAND CELEBRATES ITS CULTURE ON ONE CAMPUS.
The organizations that comprise the Leland Cultural Campus have been around for varying lengths of time. The Leelanau Historical Society dates back to 1957, the Leland Township Library to 1944, and the Old Art Building (OAB) celebrated its centennial last year. Commercial fishing, the lifeblood of the tiny burg as it grew, dates back at least 170 years, though the Fishtown Preservation Society is more recent, dating to 2007.
While the four institutions have long collaborated among themselves, it wasn’t until just over three years ago that they decided to celebrate their efforts under the umbrella of the Leland Cultural Campus. “I don’t know who coined the term,” says Mark Morton, the director of the library. Nor do his counterparts, but since coming into vogue, they’re running with it.
“I like how it gets people to perk up and see this corner of Leland with greater awareness and pride,” says the executive director of Fishtown, Amanda Holmes, of the term “cultural campus.”
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