Interlochen Announces A Symposium to Explore the Future of the Arts

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Conference will feature Tony Kushner, Billy Childs, Liz Lerman, Doug Stanton and more.

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"We will welcome arts leaders from around the globe to help us explore the changing world of the arts, which is an essential responsibility we have to future generations."

The world of the arts is changing. New developments in technology and media, changing generational demographics and more have ushered in new roles for teachers, performers and consumers; new demands on schools, organizations and artists; and a new balance between craft, history and tradition.

On Oct. 10-13, 2012, Interlochen Center for the Arts will host a symposium to explore these changes and look ahead to the future of the arts. The conference, Information, Space and Time: The Arts, Creativity and Learning in the 21st Century, is being held in conjunction with Interlochen Arts Academy’s 50th anniversary.

"The Academy's 50th anniversary is an important milestone, both to honor Interlochen's rich history and to look ahead to the future, which is exactly what we plan to do at the upcoming symposium," said Jeffrey Kimpton, president of Interlochen Center for the Arts. "We will welcome arts leaders from around the globe to help us explore the changing world of the arts, which is an essential responsibility we have to future generations."

The all-star ensemble of speakers, thinkers, performers, presenters and leaders in the arts who will be in attendance include:

  •     Tony Kushner, Pulitzer-Prize Winning Playwright and Screenwriter
  •     Liz Lerman, Award-Winning Choreographer and Founder of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
  •     Carolyn Forché, Bestselling Poet
  •     Billy Childs, Grammy Award-Winning Composer and Jazz Pianist
  •     Andrea Gibson, Four-Time Denver Grand Slam Champion Poet
  •     Sheryl Connelly, Manager of Global Trends and Futuring at Ford Motor Company
  •     Steven Goodman, Conservation Biologist and MacArthur Fellow
  •     ETHEL, America's Premier Post-Classical String Quartet
  •     Doug Stanton, New York Times Bestselling Author
  •     Jeremiah Chamberlin, Award-Winning Author and Educator
  •     Thomas Morris, Artistic Director, Ojai Music Festival
  •     Jack Ferver, New York University Theater Studies
  •     Stanford Thompson, Executive Director, Play On, Philly!
  •     Members of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  •     and more!

Together, attendees, speakers and presenters will explore a range of perspectives on the future of the arts including: Teaching and Learning In the Arts; Arts and the Environment; Leadership In the Arts; The Future of the Ensemble; The Future of the Book; and more.

Peer-to-peer discussion groups will stimulate unscripted dialogue, while workshops and creative sessions will provide roll-up-your-sleeves, immersive forums and roundtables. And all of this will be topped off with live performances throughout the conference.

The symposium is designed for everyone who is interested in the future of the arts, including educators, students, performers, advocates and others.

To find out more and register, please visit

About Interlochen Center for the Arts
The nonprofit Interlochen Center for the Arts is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the only organization in the world that brings together: a 2,500-student summer camp program; a 500-student fine arts boarding high school; opportunities for hundreds of adults to engage in fulfilling artistic and creative programs; two 24-hour listener-supported public radio stations (classical music and news); more than 600 arts presentations annually by students, faculty and world-renowned guest artists; a global alumni base spanning eight decades, including leaders in the arts and all other endeavors. For information, visit Interlochen online at

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