Creative summer camp comes to NMU

From Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE — People of all ages are invited to participate in Northern Michigan University’s upcoming storytelling summer camp, Fresh Voices from the U.P.

Participants should expect adventures among the area’s trails and Lake Superior’s shoreline as they engage in workshops for all skill levels.

They will also learn about the Upper Peninsula, the ancestral homelands of the Anishinaabe Three Fires Confederacy.

The camp will be held Monday through Thursday, July 15-18, leading up to the Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival in Marquette.

The following is the camp’s daily schedule.


≤ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Registration

≤ 4 to 6 p.m., “Anishinaabe Ways of Knowing the Forest”

≤ 7 to 8:30 p.m., Opening Performance: Reading, Music, Film


≤ 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Canoe and Kayak Water Adventure with Enviro Experts, or Percussion Workshop

≤ 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ukelele Workshop Day 1, or Walking the Trails: Songs and Writing as Activism Day 1

≤ 3 to 5 p.m., Songwriting and Poetry Workshop Day 1, “What Comes After Wonder? Nature as Muse,” or Walking Tour of Marquette

≤ 5 to 6 p.m., Bring a picnic dinner to the beach or dine on your own

≤ 7 to 8:30 p.m., Bonfire and singing


≤ 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Walking the Trails: Songs and Writing as Activism Day 2, or Collaboration in Music, Writing and Film

≤ 1 to 2:30 p.m., Songwriting and Poetry Workshop Day 2, “What Comes After Wonder? Nature as Muse,” or Fiddle Workshop (intermediate level)

≤ 3 to 5 p.m., Guitar Workshop Day 2: Beyond Standard Tuning

≤ 7 to 9 p.m., Film Screening


≤ 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Songs and Writing as Activism Day 3, or Performance Workshop

≤12:30 p.m., Boxed lunch and roundtable discussions of mushrooms and animal foraging patterns; and composition with musicians, filmmakers and scientists

≤ 2-3:30 p.m., Banjo and bass workshop, or mandolin workshop

≤ 5-9 p.m., Performances and open mic

Evening events are free. Per-person costs are as follows: two-hour music workshops, $40 per person; three-day music/storytelling workshops, $120; half-day adventures with lunch, $45; and the entire conference, all-inclusive, $410 per adult and $40 per child. Dorm housing with continental breakfast is available from Sunday evening through Friday morning for $266 per person for single occupancy and $200 for double. Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Learn more or register at nmu.edu/freshvoices.


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