The Michigan Legacy Art Park is a 30-acre outdoor sculpture park located near Thompsonville, Michigan, on the grounds of Crystal Mountain Resort. It is open year-round and includes 40 works of art and 1.6 miles of hiking trails.
Artist David Barr founded the Michigan Legacy Art Park in 1995. He envisioned the Art Park as a place where "artists could tell the story of Michigan through the fundamental materials of nature” while connecting man to nature, nature to man, and transcending those boundaries without disturbing the balance.
Renee Hintz is the executive director of Michigan Legacy Art Park. In this position, Renee is responsible for managing the Art Park including supporting the board of directors, standing committees, and volunteers by providing leadership and direction as they relate to overall operations of the sculpture park. Renee was born and raised in northern Michigan and has been involved in the arts throughout her life. She graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy and then attended Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana where she studied cello performance and arts administration. After earning her bachelor’s degree in arts administration in 2001, Renee worked for the City of Indianapolis to offer hundreds of arts and cultural events in parks across the city each year.
In 2006, Renee returned to northern Michigan and continues professional development through The Fund Raising School (Indiana University School of Philanthropy.) Renee continues to play the cello in community ensembles and thoroughly enjoys working toward enhancing the cultural landscape of Michigan. She along with her husband Chris, son Isaac and daughter Anika live in Interlochen.