Selecon Supports Interlochen 2008 with fixtures and guest speakers

14 September 2008,

Each year more than 2,500 talented high school students from all over the world with a passion for performing and visual arts make their way to the 1,200-acre Interlochen Centre for the Arts campus in northwestern Michigan to immerse themselves in its celebrated Summer Arts Camp program of General, Visual and Motion Picture Arts, Creative Writing, Dance, Music and Theatre.

interlochen2008_1Selecon’s contribution to the Lighting Lab of resources, all conventional lighting fixtures and sponsorship of MasterClass guest speakers such as Nicholas Phillips, lighting, scenic and projection designer (far left of photo) allows students to investigate and explore the theories and practices of lighting design in an environment that few, if any summer arts camps provide.

Nic thoroughly enjoyed the 2008 experience and commented, "The opportunity to work with this year's crop of students as a guest artist at Interlochen was a tremendous one for me. I was thoroughly impressed with how eager the students were to learn as much as they could, and the open forums and supportive atmosphere is exciting for me as an artist. It was great to have several sessions with groups of students over the course of a week instead of one or two master classes. The final session culminated in a lightshow choreographed to a dynamic piece of music that was shown to other students in the program. rather than taking several pieces with individual designs and designers we all collaborated as a group to create a single lighting design using the concpets and skills we had interlochen2008_2covered during the week. This was a unique way of doing a lab like this; something I hope I will be a part of in the future as I feel we all came away learning a lot.

Interlochen is a magical place that is at the pinnacle of developing the future of the arts, artists, and arts enlightened individuals. It is a real honor for me to be asked to participate in this prestigious program especially since I know personally how vital arts education is at this point in these students' lives. I have enjoyed a tremendous relationship with Selecon as they have developed and supported lighting education programs around the world, and for them to bring that to Interlochen could not be a better measure of the responsibility Selecon is taking in giving back to the industry."