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Rabbit Island School Scholarships Now Available

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The Rabbit Island Foundation and the Portage Lake District Library are partnering to host a place-based arts and ecology program for area students. Students awarded with a scholarship to Rabbit Island School will spend one week on the island, participating in an open framework, student lead expedition. Having the support and facilities of the library on the mainland, students will share their work and island experiences with the general public and fellow students through a presentation and exhibit at the library.

Up to seven local high school students will be selected by library staff for full scholarships to the 2021 Rabbit Island School. The program is scheduled to occur August 8 – 15, 2021. Scholarships cover all associated travel, food, lodging and other necessary island camping supplies. Applicants must be 15-18 years old.

Rabbit Island is a 91 acre forested island in Lake Superior three miles east of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. The island is composed of a native ecosystem standing upon solid bedrock and has never before been developed or subdivided. Rabbit Island serves as a platform for science, art, preservation and recreation.

Two artist mentors who have coordinated and been involved with Rabbit Island School in the past will return this year to ensure a successful program. Christina Mrozik, Rabbit Island School’s 2021 lead mentor, is an internationally-exhibited illustrator and artist who blending the external world with her own understanding of the human condition. This has led to her distinct style, in which flora and fauna stand in, representing the simultaneous and often opposing matters of the human heart.

Andrew Ranville, a 2021 featured mentor, is an artist, educator and Rabbit Island Foundation Director. He received his MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London in 2008. His internationally exhibited photographs, installations, sculptures and other artworks investigate our interaction with remote environments and the natural world around us.

Ruby Andromeda Miller, another island mentor in 2021, is a sculptor and mixed-media artist based in Michigan’s upper peninsula. Ruby’s work explores the margins and detritus of human habitation and nature in ways that invite her audience to see themselves as fellow animals; ultimately using the same resources and spaces, leaving things behind. She has shown and taught in Michigan and New York.

Applications for the 2021 Rabbit Island School must be submitted by Friday, May 28. Scholarship winners will be notified by Monday, June 7. Click here for more information on how to apply.

Program administrators and mentors will ensure that MDHHS orders and guidelines related to the COVID19 pandemic are enforced to provide a safe environment for all. For additional information on Rabbit Island School’s COVID19 mitigation plan and the scholarship application process, click here.

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