Leelanau Conservancy’s work is gaining new momentum, with a newly formed group of young community leaders called the LC Collective. The group (meet them here) formed in 2022 to “engage the next generation in protecting the land, water and scenic character of Leelanau County for the future”.
As the first official outreach to the wider community, the LC Collective is hosting Harvest Moon: A Celebration of Local Art and Music held at the Conservancy’s newly restored DeYoung Natural Area Farm on Saturday, September 10 from 4 p.m. at 8:30 p.m.
The art exhibit, with refreshments, will take place inside the newly restored 1862 farmhouse from 4-7pm, and live music will be outside near the upper barn from 7-8:30pm. (Organizers note to bring your own lawn chairs; feel free to bring a picnic.)
Claire Wood, director of communications at the Conservancy and co-founder of the LC Collective, explains that it is a subcommittee of the Leelanau Conservancy, made up of young people who are passionate about Leelanau County. “Forming this group of young local leaders is really about connecting with the next generation of stewards and people who love Leelanau, and building a conservation ethic and getting the word out to younger people so we can continue to protect and take care of the land in Leelanau in the future,” she says.
The LC Collective aims to create inclusive opportunities to recreate, participate and be active in the natural spaces of Leelanau.
“We hope the Harvest Moon Art & Music Show will be an accessible and welcoming event to not only celebrate our local creatives, but to bring attention to the importance of protecting our natural areas in Leelanau County,” says Nick Loud. , Leelanau Conservancy Board Member and co-founder of Collectif LC.
Exhibit curator and founding member of the LC Collective, Alyssa Smith, said the evening will be a “special celebration of local art and music to thank the harvest moon, the show highlights aspects of this region’s connection to the cycles of earth, water and the seasons.
She adds, “As our region attracts creatives of all kinds, the LC Collective hopes this event will provide a taste of what our up-and-coming artists and musicians have to offer.” The event is co-hosted by The Boardman Review and a portion of all art sales will benefit the Leelanau Conservancy.
Parking is limited for this free event; carpooling or biking on the TART trail is encouraged. Space in the farm is limited, the reserve asks RSVPs to know how much to expect.