2006 National Medal of Arts
INTERLOCHEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
School of fine arts, Interlochen, MI
Interlochen Center for the Arts has made substantial contributions to American
culture by educating generations of artists including musicians, dancers,
actors, writers, and visual artists as well as providing young people with
the skills and experiences for successful careers in entertainment, media,
The Center encompasses a 2,000-student summer camp; a 475-student fine
arts and college preparatory high school; and a 155- student, K-8 day school.
Each year, Interlochen educates more than 2,500 high school students drawn
from every state and more than 40 countries and provides scholarships and
financial aid totaling $6 million to more than half of its students.
Founded in 1928 by Joseph E. Maddy as the National High School Orchestra
Camp, Interlochen is the oldest and largest summer arts camp and fine arts
boarding high school in the country. Located in the bucolic landscape of
northern Michigan, the center occupies a 1,200-acre campus.
It is estimated that 10 percent of musicians in the nation's top orchestras
attended Interlochen. Eight decades of alumni include Lorin Maazel, Gerard
Schwartz, Peter Erskine, Felicity Huffman, Victoria Clark, Anthony Rapp,
Michael Kaiser, Jessye Norman, George Crum, Linda Hunt, Norah Jones, Josh
Groban, and television commentator Mike Wallace. More than 86,000 young
people have participated in one of Interlochen's educational programs.
Interlochen also operates adult education programs, two public radio stations,
and an arts festival. Each year it presents more than 700 concerts and exhibitions
by students, faculty and distinguished guest artists drawing 265,000 visitors
and audiences to northern Michigan.
Representing 2006 National Medal of Arts recipient Interlochen Center for the Arts is the center's president Jeffrey Kimpton accepting the award from President and Mrs. Laura Bush in an Oval Office ceremony on November 9, 2006. The citation reads, "Since its founding, the Center has encouraged artistic expression, worked to bridge the barriers of language and culture, and helped promote international goodwill and understanding." White House photo by Paul Morse.
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