East Lansing Art Festival in need of volunteers


EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) – East Lansing is looking for volunteers to help out at the art festival next weekend.

The East Lansing Art Festival starts Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m. with a kick-off concert. Hours for Saturday, May 21 are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Sunday, May 22 the festival is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Art booths include 2D, 3D, ceramics, digital, drawing, fibers, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, painting, photography, prints, sculpture, wood and emerging artists.

Bands and musical artists performing  include Huckleberry Groove on Friday and on Saturday, Rachel Curtis (indie folk), Atomic Boogaloo (grove jazz), The Catbird Seat (celtic, folk and vintage pop), Bottle Rocket Cabaret (cabaret, standards and roots), The Kanivers (rock influenced rhythms), Siusan and Zig (celtic), The Moxie Strings (rock influenced rhythms), Off the Ledge (rock, blues and alternative), the East Lansing High School Jazz Band and John Latini (award winning singer/songwriter).

Sunday’s music includes The Tia Imani Hanna Project (World Influenced Jazz), 89th Key (rock), Donny Brown & The Van Dell-Tones (original rock), The Springtails (vaudville & swing-era standards), DJ Clarinet (jazz), PD Township Jazz Project (South African jazz), The Fabulous Heftones (tunes of the 1920’s) and Zydecrunch (New Orleans rhythm and blues).

The festival also includes an artist demonstration exhibit where you can expect to see some of the areas talented artists.

The East Lansing Art Festival is family-friendly. On the children’s performing stage, kids can hear music, see a parade and watch a magician.

On Saturday there are two theater teasers, once for Mout Olympus Junior High and another for Rent, both musicals.

For those into writing, Sunday features multiple poetry events, including a haiku writing workshop, poetry reading and poetry chalking.

In addition to the art and bands, food will be available and valet bike parking for those who’d like to ride their bike to the festival.

Back in 1964 the art festival started as Greenwich Village Days, which was a sidewalk art sale put on by a student advertising club at MSU, according to the art festival’s website. Now the festival brings in hundreds of artists and tens of thousdands of visitors.

In order to put on the festival, hundreds of volunteers are needed. Volunteers will receive a free festival t-shirt.

If you’d like to volunteer, visit http://www.elartfest.com/get-involved/#volunteers for more information.

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