Education and Engagement
The Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival is proud of its dedication to a positive influence in the broader community of Detroit and the metro area. That commitment manifests itself in many ways, reaching a broad spectrum of residents, from pre-school to senior citizens.
These services are sometimes offered by outstanding professional musicians who live in the region as well as our visiting artists. Many musicians from the Shouse Institute have provided musical demonstrations in Pontiac as well as free children’s concerts in Windsor, Canada.
The Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. We are actively cultivating new audiences and supporting diverse and emerging artists with our pre-concert events that go beyond patronage to partnerships. Our list of community partners continues to expand as well, and include the Knight Foundation, Charles H. Wright Museum, and the Arab American Museum. We hope the result of these efforts will broaden our reach within S.E. Michigan and position us as a “connector” of culture and community.
Great Lakes Festival musicians have visited numerous schools districts, including Dearborn, Pontiac, Troy, and Detroit’s Cornerstone School. A number of the Festival’s educational activities were supported by Target, as well as by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and various re-granting agencies.
The Festival is also dedicated to fostering the next generation of arts administrators. For the past several years, our organization has hired college-age interns to assist with administrative tasks in Marketing and Development, Box Office, and Production during the Festival each summer. With support from MCACA’s “New Leaders Arts Council of Michigan Retention and Engagement” program, opportunities for professional development have flourished through this grant funding–not only to help underwrite stipends, but to give them greater access to resources that teach them about interviewing, donor engagement, and public speaking.
In 2018, the Festival is proud to hire four interns from across Michigan to develop their skills and be part of our team.