4th Annual Sustainable Practices Symposium

July 29th - August 12th, 2017

We will gather to examine sustainability and collaboration in life and in artistic practice. People of all creative backgrounds, experience levels, and fields of practice are encouraged to apply.

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Choose a workshop in Local Clay, Metal Casting, or Woodworking, or propose an Independent Project that embraces the VCAC's rugged setting and adventurous attitude. 

We invite artists to experience a practice focused on sustainability and self-sufficiency by locally-sourcing and hand-processing their materials while living and working communally in a wilderness environment.

Using simple tools and mostly handmade equipment, we are teaching and learning as we build community and explore our passions. We dig our own clay from the ground, hand-process it, and fire it on site. We source local sand, clay, and recycled aluminum to make molds and cast metal sculpture. We work with local homesteader, saw mill operator and timber-framing expert Mel Seeger - who built his own saw mill from a Mac truck! - and from whom resident artists can explore milling, building, and homesteading techniques. 


Symposium workshop participants will collaboratively design and build infrastructural apparatus each summer using donated and scavenged materials. Building projects will be directly related to and used for the workshop in which the artists are participating. Within these collaborative projects we strive to harmonize diverse skill-levels and skill-sets. Applicants with previous design or building experience OR exceptional enthusiasm in skill-building related to the design, technical aspects, or construction should include this in their application.


The programming for the Sustainable Practices Symposium is intended for both personal and collective growth. We will share our skills and ideas with each other though workshops, artist lectures, and campfire discussions. We take day trips to go hiking, swimming, and canoeing in nearby lakes - including Lake Superior! - in waterfalls on the Ontonagon River, and throughout the vast Ottawa National Forest. 

See Symposium Costs here and See Logistics for details