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Michigan Tech Faculty Present Listening to Parks

November 30, 2017- Houghton, MI— What do you hear when you walk in the woods? What are the natural sounds and rhythms of the forest? The lakes? The skies?

credit Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer, Libby Meyer, and Kent Cyr, faculty members in the Visual and Performing Arts Department of Michigan Tech, with artist Steve Brimm, and artists from area schools, open a multimedia and soundscape installation as a part of their Listening to Parks project, with a reception on Saturday, December 2, at 5:00 PM in the Rozsa Gallery A-Space, to explore those questions.

Listening to Parks is an Imagine Your Parks project, an immersive installation based on collected images, video, and audio recordings from the Lake Superior National Parks:

Keweenaw National Historic Park

Isle Royale National Park

Apostle Islands National Lake Shore

Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore

Grand Portage National Monument.

In May, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Park Service (NPS) announced $1,067,500 in support of 50 Imagine Your Parks grants in 27 states, including an award of $20,000 to Michigan Technological University to support Listening to Parks.

The installation has been touring sites in the Upper Peninsula region, culminating in this exhibition. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. The recorded sounds from this project will also be used for a composition for orchestra by Libby Meyer to be performed by the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra at the Rozsa Center as part of the Sinfonia Antartica concert on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 PM. Please visit the Listening to Parks website for more details.   Follow “Imagine Your Parks” on Twitter @NEAarts and @NatlParkService, #ImagineYourParks #NEASpring16.

The exhibit will be on display December 2 – 22 and Jan. 16 through January 26, 2018. Gallery hours are 8 AM – 8 PM M-F and Sat 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

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