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Rabbit Island School

Applications for the 2021 Rabbit Island School must be submitted by end-of-day Friday, May 28. Scholarship winners will be notified by Monday, June 7.

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 and live or attend school in Houghton or Keweenaw Counties.


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 blending the external world with her own understanding of the human condition 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.

Past participants have spent their time reading, writing, painting, sketching, carving spoons, creating natural dyes from plants, cooking, fishing, hiking identifying local flora and fauna, building an island community and more.

Program administrators and mentors will ensure all MDHHS orders and guidelines are related to the COVID19 pandemic are enforced to provide a safe environment for all.

Application Requirements:
● Applicants should have an interest and enthusiasm for conservation, the environment, and/or arts and science.
● Ask a teacher, boss or mentor to write a letter of support for your participation in the Rabbit Island School.
● Write a one page essay about why you would like to participate.
● In one email, send the letter of support and your one page essay as a PDF attachment to dgeshel@pldl.org .

Applications for the 2021 Rabbit Island School must be submitted by end-of-day Friday, May 28. Scholarship winners will be notified by Monday, June 7.