Comparative Arts students perform the spring 2018 production, Kenzoku
Neruda's Suitcase, spring 2017
Detroit-based Academy Award-winner Luis Resto, who has produced music for Eminem, Jay-Z, 50 Cent and more, works with Interlochen Arts Academy Comparative Arts students during their visit to Detroit in September 2015.
The Comparative Arts major attracts young artists with multiple skills and interests: creative writing, music, visual art, acting and dance.
Comparative Arts is an interdisciplinary, collaborative, process-driven division, where students explore the broad spectrum of what Interlochen has to offer, while developing their own artistic practice. Scholarship, craft, and collaboration are combined in the Comparative Arts curriculum as each student studies artistic expression and performance and then uses those expressive forms as a lens through which to study the world around them. Our belief is that there is a fundamental educational importance in interdisciplinary collaborative work and that each students’ distinct voice and artistic practice should shape their Interlochen experience. This means:
- Developing your artistic practice(s).
- Developing your artistic voice.
- Developing leadership and collaborative skills.
- Adding your voice to the creation of original work through collaboration with other students.
- Dedicating yourself to the pursuit of knowledge and history of artistic expression.
- Being the best artist, scholar, and citizen you can be.
While studying comparative arts, students cultivate research and communication skills, critical thinking and aesthetic awareness. They develop as self-directed learners and problem-solvers who can confidently navigate the creative process from an original idea to implementation, evaluation and refinement. Comparative artists are interested in exploring connections between unlikely topics, such as science and the arts, humanities and nature, community engagement and health.