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Become an Isle Royale Summer 2023 Teen Artist

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News Release Date: December 19, 2022

Contact: Chris Amidon, 906-482-0984

HOUGHTON, Mich –   Applications for Isle Royale National Park's 2023 Teen Artist Exploration will be accepted between January 2 and February 16, 2023. This artistic discovery is geared to all aspiring teen artists who want to develop their art through experiencing wilderness, and is open to all visual and performing artists, writers, and composers ages 13 to 18 at time of participation.

Allison Clarke, a 2021 teen artist said of her time on the Island: "My time at Isle Royale gave me this sense of artistic clarity I have never experienced before-- like I had the freedom to create the art I wanted.”

Over the course of six days, two selected teen artists will explore their art and the island--hike and backpack along wave-washed shores, canoe quiet bays of Lake Superior, or sketch wildlife among the boreal forest. A mentor will provide coaching during the artistic and wilderness exploration. Artists must be available for the scheduled dates of the summer 2023 program:

  • July 21 – 26, 2023

The 2023 program is a six day, five night camping experience in the Rock Harbor area. All applicants must be comfortable camping on a remote island. Park rangers and the program mentor will assist with ferry transportation, campground reservations, and camping equipment. A legal guardian must accompany a teen artist seventeen or younger.

On the first and last day of the program, selected artists and their families (up to 4 people total) will receive complimentary transportation to and from the island provided on Ranger III, a 165-foot ship operating from Houghton, Michigan.Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association, and the Copper Country Community Arts Council sponsor the program. The selected artists are required to donate to the park a piece of artwork representative of their stay on Isle Royale.

Visit the Teen Artist Exploration website for the online submission process: To be considered, all application components must be digitally received by 11:59 pm on February 16, 2023. Entries received after February 16 will not be considered. Notification to all applicants will be made by May 1, 2023. For further information, visit the park’s website, call (906) 482-0984, or email e-mail us. 

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Last updated: December 19, 2022

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