Artrain recognized for collaboration in War of 1812 commemoration

By Kelly McLaughlin

on June 28, 2014


Artrain, the Ann Arbor nonprofit that brings portable art exhibits to communities with limited access to cultural institutions, was recognized Tuesday by the National Park Service as a recipient of the 2014 Midwest Region Partnership Award.



The organization is one of many partners of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial park site in Put-in-Bay, Ohio, which commemorates the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie. In total, 10 partners were recognized for their work on the bicentennial projects.

Through the partnership, Artrain presented Paths to Peace: A War of 1812 Arts Legacy Project, which presented the war, and the peace that came thereafter, through multiple perspectives and cultural art. Paths to Peace was an educational presentation targeted at middle school students from the United States and Canada.

This is the fourth year the Midwest Region of the National Park Service has acknowledged community and interagency partnerships important to promoting the National Park Service mission, which according to the National Park Service’s website, is preserving “unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.”

Artrain’s current exhibit, Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity, is currently traveling across the United States in partnership with nonprofit organization International Arts and Artists.

The exhibit is at the Foosaner Art Museum at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla. until August 17. From Sept. 12 to Nov. 25, the exhibit will be at the Richard E. Peeler Art Center at Depauw University in Greencastle, Ind.

Kelly McLaughlin is an intern reporter for The Ann Arbor News. She can be reached at

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