(CBS DETROIT) – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced that applications are being accepted for an Artist-in-Residence program at a state park on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

A winter view of the Carp River Valley is featured at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. | Credit: Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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Applications for Porcupine Mountains Artist-in-Residence are open for Spring, Summer and Fall 2022 and Winter 2022-2023 residencies.

It is intended for artists whose art may be inspired by the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness National Park, also known as the Porkies.

The park includes 25 miles of wave washed shoreline, four inland lakes, entire river systems, countless waterfalls, enchanting wooded peaks, and an escarpment that slowly rises from the edge of Lake Superior to that it plunges sharply into the valley of the Carp River.

In addition to this, MNR officials said, “The park’s most impressive feature – and the reason for its creation – is its pristine eastern hemlock and northern hardwood forest and the variety of flora and fauna. the fauna it shelters. Because of these attributes, the park is a great place to inspire creativity.

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The program offers writers, composers and visual artists and performers a natural setting to inspire their work.

The artists are selected for residencies of a minimum duration of two weeks and receive a cabin to stay there. Upon request, they are also given a three-night backcountry permit so that they can explore the park’s backcountry trails.

All art forms are eligible for the residency program, except those incompatible with the park’s mission.

For more details and to apply, go here.

Applications for 2022 must be submitted by February 14.

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