Apr 28, 2011 | Arts & Culture, Grant History

Nestled between two lakes in northern Michigan, the world-renowned Interlochen Center for the Arts was founded in 1928 to provide a training ground for young artists.  Today, Interlochen Arts Camp and Arts Academy offer education in creative writing, dance, motion picture arts, music, theatre and visual arts for talented students, many of whom come from the Midland area.  The College of Creative Arts, Interlochen Public Radio, and Interlochen Presents inspire Michigan residents and visitors alike through continuing arts education, performances, and classical music and news radio programming.

Without financial assistance, a large percentage of gifted students would not be able to attend.  Over the years, the Gerstacker Foundation has provided Interlochen with gifts totaling $432,500 to support scholarships, math and science department advances, facility renovations and new construction.

“These important gifts help Interlochen develop and nurture the talents of our students, providing them with skills and resources to fulfill their educational dreams and goals,” said Beth Stoner, associate vice president for advancement.

A recognized arts leader, Interlochen Center for the Arts is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts.  Ten percent of the musicians in America’s major symphony orchestras have Interlochen roots.  Prominent alumni include Josh Groban, Jewel, Linda Hunt, Felicity Huffman, Janet Eilber, Doug Stanton and many others.