Creating Connection guiding principles and the goal to utilize strong storytelling to share arts and creativity in everyday life were the foundation for this project. Six stories were produced, broadcast on the IPR stations, then reshared in print and podcast on the Interlochen Center for the Arts website and linked to the Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network site. The project also engaged IPR’s Red Pine Radio (RPR) community radio workshop of citizen journalists to research stories and participate in media ‘pitch’ training.
Links to the six stories produced Summer 2020:
- Northern Michigan Artists Decorate Masks for Patients & Healthcare Workers – LINK Here
- Drive Art Hits Upper Peninsula Highway – LINK Here
- Pandemic Frees Traverse City Trio to Release New Album – LINK Here
- Ludington Artist Uses Skeletons to Document the Pandemic – LINK Here
- Birds Fly In: A Human Refuge Installation at Oliver Art Center – LINK Here
- Northern Michigan Musicians Find Outlet Studio – LINK Here
Complementing the recordings was a free Media Pitch! Workshop for artists and organizations led by IPR executive director with added facilitation by the Network’s convener, Mary Gillett, and at least six Red Pine Radio reporters. The goal was to expand storytelling skills, learn media relations strategies and gain tools for future use by participants, while also building relationships and awareness for all. The 90-minute workshop, originally planned on site at IPR, was held on 8/25/2020 via Zoom due to COVID restrictions.