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MSU Arts Weekend in Mackinac Island

MSU Arts Weekend in Mackinac Island

By Jane Sugiyama. CREATED Jun 24, 2013

The College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University, in collaboration with the Grand Hotel on the magnificent Mackinac Island, will celebrate its 19th Annual Grand Hotel Arts Weekend from this Friday, June 28th to Sunday, June 30th. For the first time in nineteen years, this special event is completely sold out.

This is a special weekend for celebrating theatre, art, creativity and music. A donation of $50.00 per reservation is made in support of a scholarship fund with the MSU College of Arts and Letters.

This year's line-up includes:

- A staged reading of the hilarious vignette-filled play Comfort Food, written by Department of Theatre faculty member Rob Roznowski;

 - A session led by Dr. Scott Schopieray, the College's director of academic technology, with our Creativity Exploratory students showing how they approach writing, research, visual and textual literacy, and information organization. It will include the opportunity to participate in a hands-on project.

- A session with Alison Gass, curator of contemporary art for the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, as she explores a portion of the Manoogian Art Collection displayed for the 2013 season. Gass was named a young curator to watch by The New York Times in 2010.

- A delightful evening of acappella music performance by the award-winning student performing group, the MSU Accafellas.

Dean Karin A. Wirst, College of Arts and Letters, Michigan State University, had this to say about the upcoming event:

"The College of Arts and Letters Arts Weekend at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island is in its 19th year. A collaboration between the College and Grand Hotel, the weekend was the brainchild of the late Dan Musser, owner of Grand Hotel and a group of community volunteers. Arts Weekend is one of the several themed weekends at the Grand Hotel. For MSU this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the many talents of College of Arts and Letters faculty, staff and students, to patrons of the hotel. For almost twenty years, music, theatre, and art programs have been presented each June at the historic Grand Hotel. The established collaboration is exemplary in making the arts visible to broader audiences in unexpected settings away from the MSU campus and more traditional art venues. The mix of arts and programming varies widely and ranges from demonstrations of stage combat in Shakespeare plays, ceramics demonstration, public artist, art historian providing insights into the art collection on display at the Grand Hotel during Arts Weekend, musical theatre, jazz, big brass, tours of historical homes on the Island, art demonstrations,, screen printing, photography exhibits, film showings, to original plays like Comfort Food by Ron Roznowski, faculty member in the Department of Theatre at Michigan State, which represents this year's performance. The Hotel typically donates a portion of the guest rooms fees back to the MSU's College of Arts and Letters."

For additional information and to learn more about the weekend's festivities and events click here.