Rural arts and Culture Program
Michigan Legacy Art Park

Michigan Legacy Art Park
Michigan Legacy Art Park (MLAP) features over 40 sculptures along a 3.7 mile hiking trail that winds through 30 acres of wooded hills. Art installations interpret Michigan history and offer visitors a visual, intellectual, physical and emotional experience. Stimulating learning programs that integrate the arts into the general curriculum is the educational objective of the Park.

Michigan Legacy Art Park
In the project "Hemingway Haunts", artist Patricia Innis connected Benzie and Antrim County students with Ernest Hemingway through lessons built around Hemingway's works that reference Michigan locations. Activities used visual art, drama and creative writing in lessons on local history, nature and literature. Students performed and exhibited their projects in the Park's Discovery Grove arena which is dedicated to youth activities. In a related project, hundreds of Traverse City grade-school students joined with Innis to mark the path Hemingway took during a 1916 visit. Tree trunks were painted with life-sized shadows of Hemingway and his characters with a handmade black walnut dye that does not harm the trees.

Collaborators included Crystal Mountain and Michigan Legacy Art Park.

Photos courtesy of project.

For additional information, contact:
Renee Hintz, Park Director
Michigan Legacy Art Park
12500 Crystal Mountain Drive
Thompsonville, MI 49683
(231) 378-4963
Benzie County