Aesthetics of Health project approved for NEA grant

May 10, 2018

The Interlochen Arts Academy Visual Arts Division has been approved for a $20,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The grant will support the ongoing partnership between Traverse City’s Munson Medical Center and the Interlochen Arts Academy Aesthetics of Health course. The Aesthetics of Health course explores the nexus of arts and medicine. Students in the course make regular visits to the Cowell Family Cancer Center, where they speak with patients, make art and volunteer their time.

The Aesthetics of Health class recently curated and installed an exhibition at the Center, titled “Every Single Day: Experiences in Illness and Health.” The students are also creating a mural in the quarter-mile-long tunnel used to transport patients between the Cowell Family Cancer Center and Munson Medical Center.