Interlochen Center for the Arts has created the new position of Director of Collaborative Programs, bringing together in an innovative and synergistic way the variety of collaborative and interdisciplinary programs that have developed at Interlochen over the past years. Now part of the new ICA Strategic Plan, collaborative and interdisciplinary programming is a significant part of the the educational program at the Arts Academy and is in the planning stages for the Summer Arts Camp. In its sixth year, the Comparative Arts Major at the Academy is built around the concept of interdisciplinary work and collaborative projects. At the same time, the innovative and highly interdisciplinary Inter*mester program for all Academy students, which runs for two weeks before the start of second semester, is testament to the belief that offering unusual and creative programming that encourages interdisciplinary and collaborative work from both teachers and students is an important part of the educational experience at Interlochen.
Reporting to the Vice President for Education Programs, this is a 12 month position, with responsibilities at both the Arts Academy and the Summer Arts Camp program. The Director of Collaborative Arts must be a leader in inspiring collaborative artmaking across the organization and will be the Division Director for the Comparative Arts Major, will plan and oversee all aspects of the Arts Academy Inter*mester Program and will be responsible for managing the General Arts Program at the Summer Camp for the Junior and Intermediate Camper levels as well as creating collaborative opportunities for campers at the High School level. This individual will work with all arts and academic Division Directors, all faculty at both the Arts Academy and the Summer Arts Camp and will have direct contact with students both in the Comparative Arts Major as well as in all collaborative and interdisciplinary projects. Consequently, a clear vision for this educational program and a talent for engaging and motivating both students and faculty to participate in interdisciplinary and collaborative projects are critical. The ability to create opportunities for interdisciplinary and collaborative projects and programs as well as develop already existing opportunities is a significant aspect of this job. Making all those opportunities a reality is the key to success.