IPR Series ‘Creates Connection’ with Art, Communities

The Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network partnered with Interlochen Public Radio during summer 2020 to produce a series of Creating Connection inspired pieces.  

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.

Link to access the workshop recording and slide deck

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Downtown Development Authority

Drama Kids – Rachael Harrell

Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts

Glen Arbor Arts Center

Good Hart Artist Residency

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Jordan River Arts Council

Leelanau Historical Society

Mash-Up Rock & Roll Musical

Michigan Legacy Art Park

National Writers Series

Northport Art Association

Old Town Playhouse

OrdinaryVirtues.com

Parallel 45 Theatre Festival

Raven and Lotus LLC

The Croft Residency

The Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee

Traverse City Arts Commission

Traverse City Dance Project

Traverse Symphony Orchestra

Twisted Fish Gallery

Up North Arts

Voices Without Borders

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Amanda Kik

Becky Lancaster

Daniel Stewart

Edward Kocher

Elizabeth Calcutt

Gary Gatzke

Greta Bolger

H. Eleanor Jones

Heather Harris-Brady

Ian Jones

Jared Oosterhart

Jim Young

Kristi Wodek

Leslie Donaldson

Linda Dewey

Maia Hausler

Mark Bowyer

Mary Gillett

Megan Heator

Melissa Johnson

Mercedes Michalowski

Michelle Bien

Molly Thompson

Monica Stokes

Nick Walsh

Renee Hintz

Sharon Hubbard

Susan Wenzlick

Ted Alan

Walter J. Lee

Our Members

Organizations

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

OrdinaryVirtues.com

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

Drama Kids – Rachael Harrell

The Croft Residency

Individuals

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

Jared Oosterhart

H. Eleanor Jones

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