The City of East Lansing will be hosting its 56th annual Art festival, May 18-19.
Festival coordinators Michelle Carlson and Tim Lane have been putting together the festival for over a decade, gathering grants and sponsorships to keep things alive. Both Carlson and Lane work for the city.
“We haven’t published the lineup yet, but we’re going to have the East Lansing High School Jazz Band, Ozay Moore, The Motivations, Fiction440, Jeremy Kittel, Josh Davis & Rachel Davis, and The Pistil Whips,” Carlson announced. The festival is set to stretch down Albert Avenue with the main stage on Division Street. There will also be a mural being created in real -time on the Division Street parking garage.
East Lansing soccer complex coordinator and festival coordinator, Lane was eager to reveal the new additions to this year’s festival. “This year we brought Fiction440 to the main stage.” Lane described Fiction440 as a flash fiction group which specializes in creating short, 440 word stories from a three- word prompt.
Poetry will be a prominent motif throughout the festival. In collaboration with the MSU center for poetry and Lansing’s poetry club, the East Lansing Art Festival will publish a book. Festival Coordinator Lane had a hand in curating a collection of poems composed by local writers, showcasing East Lansing’s budding talents. This will be the fourth year that the East Lansing Art Festival’s “Poetry Press” will be available for purchase.
“There’s usually anywhere from 15-16 states represented in the festival” Carlson said. “There are also artists from Canada in attendance,” she added.
Residents and non-residents can sign up to volunteer on April 1 at http://www.elartfest.com