Programs

Food

Michigan Foodways We are what we eat! For Michiganders this means pasties, muskrat dinners, coneys, fish fries, cherry pie, and much more. What makes these Michigan foods? After all there is nothing that all Michiganders and only they eat. Michigan...

Amist Concessions

Look for the booth that looks like a lemon!  Fresh squeezed lemonade and assorted cold beverages.

Anishnabe Meejim

Native American cookery consists of the oldest foods and the oldest cooking methods in North America—a food and cooking tradition based on things gathered from the ground, plants, and fresh and salt waters. Like the Native Americans themselves, their f...

Kathy's Kettle Korn

Enjoy fresh popped kettle & caramel corn from Kathy's Kettle Korn.

Melting Moments

Over the last 32 years, we’ve dedicated ourselves to crafting a selection of the most decadent, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth delights. Each of our treats is carefully assembled by hand and made with the freshest and finest ingredients. From our fruity s...

Pita Delight

Food truck featuring chicken shawarma, gyros and other Middle Eastern & Greek favorites. Vegetarian and Gluten free options too!

Marketplace

The marketplace at the Great Lakes Folk Festival features hand-made goods with folk wisdom and functionality. Juried by the MSU Museum staff, the marketplace showcases vendors who specialize in traditional/folk or green arts.  Folk or traditional ...

ACT Uganda

ACT Uganda is a non-profit organization that works with the Ugandan women to bring the handcrafts to Michigan markets and the money is returned to them to provide their livelihood. Items are handmade by the women of Ugandan villages and include colorful...

Anshu Varma - Henna by Design

Anshu Varma was born in north India and grew up in Calcutta and New Delhi. As a child she was fascinated by the tradition of meh'ndi, a paste of henna used to decorate the hands and feet with ornate patterns, the result being like a temporary tattoo. Greatly...

April D. Bates

April Bates does surface designs on recycled and new clothing using dye, ink, and acrylic paint.

Enchanted Earth Studios

Mel Swartz learned how to wire wrap rings from other artists by observing their methods and results. Copper is one of her favorite metals but she also works with silver, silver filled, gold filled, and brass. Copper metal and wire used to be commonly...

Gypsy Rose Studio

Gypsy Rose Studio is consciously aware of the impact fashion can have on landfills; instead they seek to create styles with a sustainability that will endure fashion for many years by creating the trends instead of riding the current fashion roller coaster....

Mary Acton

Mary creates traditional and original designs on the shells of eggs of all sizes from chicken to ostrich. She uses the Ukrainian egg dying method of applying layers of beeswax and dyes of all colors.

Silver Talisman

Silver Talisman is the product of three generations and 42 years of family traditions and hard work. Creating handmade sterling silver and copper jewelry with approximately 60% recycled metals and stone, they are a perfect representative of both the green...

Soulful Earth Herbals

Soulful Earth Herbals began in 2005 from a passion for learning how to create personal products and simple herbal medicine without the use of chemicals and other potentially harmful ingredients. It started with the idea of a connection between nature...

St. Stephen's All Occasion Aprons

St. Stephen’s AllOccasionAprons makes all occasion aprons for men, women and children in various fabrics and print theme collections, e.g., Food/Drink, Flowers/Gardens, and their newest collection--Wedding Cake Aprons (TM).

The Beauty of Pandau

The Beauty of Pandau creates traditional handmade Hmong reverse appliqué on purses, wallets, hanging bags and more.

The Camel's Hump

Dianne Johns is motivated by environmental concerns but admits that it is just plain fun to create something of value out of valueless objects. She creates her pieces of art by decorating old windows with broken glass, old mirror frames with junk jewelry,...

The Glossatteer

Brian makes up-cycled jewelry from vintage and antique objects. He loves working with old, neglected objects that were never meant to be worn.

Whimsical Wit

Whimsical Wit creates state inspired home and gift products created from recycled clothing.  They make pillows, tea towels, and other home and gift products from recycled clothing found at thrift stores or from donations, all while showing state pride! http://whimsicalwit.etsy.com/ ...

Capital Area Lace Makers (CALM)

CALM is an organization for those who enjoy the art of bobbin lace making. Members of the organization come from several states and countries. Those who live close to East Lansing, Michigan enjoy spending time together during the week making lace, sharing...

Campus & Community

Campus and Community: A Celebration of the Land-Grant University Tradition of Community Engaged Action The Campus and Community program features exemplary collaborative projects where MSU faculty and staff have co-created partnerships that respond...

Building a Statewide Network Based on Community Engagement

Jeff Dwyer has spent nearly a decade working with community partners to build a statewide research network affiliated with the campuses of MSU’s College of Human Medicine. His goal is to align the expertise of health-focused professionals from the university w...

The Detroit Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Action Research Project

After the 2009 discovery of some 11,000 unprocessed and untested sexual assault kits in a police property storage facility in Detroit, Rebecca Campbell, along with Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and partners, worked together for five years to understand...

MIplace Partnership Initiative

MIplace was created in response to the need to revitalize Michigan’s downtowns. Through extensive place-making training based on a new curriculum and guidebook, as well as technical assistance provided to stakeholder groups and communities across the s...

Young Playwrights Festival

The playwrights festival is a juried competition that offers mid-Michigan high school students the opportunity to submit an original short play for production. The plays are then performed twice before a live audience at Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre, f...

Arts and Health

Arts and health are intertwined in many ways. The arts contribute to good health and healing and situations affecting health inspire art. Art is used for patient care, therapeutic environments, caregiver support, personal and community well-being, memorialization,...

Oral History Lab

Share Your Story at the Oral History Lab! Great Lakes Folk Festival August 12-13 1-4 pm In the Campus Room at the Marriott  

Queer Traditions Summit

The Queer Traditions Summit leads up the Great Lakes Folk Festival and takes place on August 10-11, 2017. It will be in East Lansing, Michigan at Scene Metrospace and the Snyder Hall on the MSU Campus. The inaugural Queer Traditions Summit (QTS) is...

Will to Adorn

The Will to Adorn: African American Dress and the Aesthetics of Identity is a multi-year collaborative folk cultural research and public presentation project initiated by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Through the work and...

Water Moves MSU

WATER MOVES Michigan State University to take the lead in science, technology, art and innovation to shape a better tomorrow in the Great Lakes and beyond. During 2017, Spartans will educate to empower community action, inspire creativity, and instill...

For Kids

Kidlore: hands-on traditions and fun children's activities Passing on traditions is the focus of the Kidlore activities area at the MSU Museum’s Great Lakes Folk Festival, Aug. 12 & 13, in downtown East Lansing. The Kidlore area is open from noo...

Allison Gibson Murad

Allison Gibson Murad and Maggie Callender 2017 master artist and apprentice East Lansing and Lansing (Ingham County) Scottish Highland dance Allison Gibson Murad has a strong familial connection to Scottish dance and culture. Her paternal grandparents...

Christine Ingabire

Christine Ingabire and Grace Johnson 2017 master artist and apprentice Grand Rapids (Kent County) Rwandan traditional dance   Christine Ingabire grew up in Rwanda, where she participated in dance clubs in school and performed regularly at community ...

Cindi John

Cindi and Ruby John 2017 master artist and apprentice Northport (Leelanau County) Smoked fish preparation   Cindi John is a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Chippewa Indians. In addition to running her commercial fishing business, Treaty ...

Jim Neal

Jim Neal is an East Lansing resident, a long time history buff, and a small boat enthusiast.  His boating interests include restoring old boats and building new ones.  He has recently developed an interest in Irish culture with emphasis on the traditional b...

Lynn Hershberger

Lynn Hershberger and Annette Tanner 2017 master artist and apprentice Lansing (Ingham County) Stranded colorwork knitting Lynn DT Hershberger was born in Golden Valley, Minnesota, in the winter of 1958. She moved at the age of four with her family...

Meghan McCartney Scott

Meghan McCartney Scott, Sarah Horan, and Catherine Russell 2017 master artist and apprentice East Lansing, Okemos, and Williamston (Ingham County) Traditional Irish hard shoe dance Meghan McCartney Scott has been dancing since she was eight years...

Nic Gareiss

Nic Gareiss and Emily Doebler 2017 master artist and apprentice Lansing (Ingham County) and Mount Pleasant (Isabella County) Traditional Percussive Dance Nic Gareiss is a dancer, musician, and dance researcher currently residing in Lansing, Michigan....

Renée “Wasson” Dillard

Renée “Wasson” Dillard is a highly accomplished master finger weaver, black ash basket maker, culture bearer and educator. Born of a Scottish-American mother and Odawa father, Renée grew up near Grand Rapids. She draws on her two heritages for her love ...

Roger LaBine

Roger is an elder of the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, based in Watersmeet, Michigan. He has been a leader of the effort to restore wild rice (manoomin) in the Great Lakes region, and has devoted much of his life to raising awareness...

Roger Simpson

Roger Simpson and Bethany Tanis 2017 master artist and apprentice Hopkins (Allegan County) and Caledonia (Kent County) Square Dance Calling Roger Simpson (b. 1941) has been calling square dances in Allegan County, Michigan, for sixty-six years....

Sheila Ruby Graziano

Sheila Ruby Graziano began dancing at the Shirley St. Mary School of Dance in Detroit where she was introduced to many different aspects of tap. She made her TV debut on a local talent show, Starlit Stairway, in the mid-1960s. At Cass Technical High School,...

Tim Riley

Tim is a fly fishing guide on the Au Sable and Manistee Rivers, located in Grayling Michigan. Although he very much enjoys Fly Fishing, Guiding and Tying Flies, his true passion is the restoration and history of Au Sable riverboats. Graduating from Michigan...

Walt Peebles

"Walt Peebles has been fascinated by wooden boats ever since childhood, when he noticed an old wood-and-canvas rowboat under his grandfather's boat shed.  He and “Gramp” repaired the transom and re-canvassed it during a couple college summers.  Thoug...

Celeste Smith

Celeste Smith and Marva Brown 2017 master artist and apprentice Highland Park and Detroit (Wayne County) Millinery Celeste Smith has been interested in the art of millinery since childhood. Her mother was a seamstress and performed in fashion...

Gary Tassier

Gary Tassier and Scott Barr 2017 master artist and apprentice Cedarville (Mackinac County) Boat building and restoration Gary Tassier (b. 1948) learned to repair and restore wooden boats from his grandfather, Leo, and Uncle Marvin at their shop,...

Bruce Bauman

Bruce Bauman is a Southern Michigan native who settled in Remus after college in 1972. Bruce helped found the Wheatland Music Organization (WMO) in 1974 with, among others, 2016 MHA awardees the Costabella Cloggers. He served as the manager for the Wheatland...

Dan Gorno

Dan Gorno (1957-2015) was a percussive dancer and dance caller. He was born in Wyandotte but made his home in Bellaire. From an early age, Dan was exposed to and engaged with dance culture in Michigan. His family attended waltz workshops at their local...

Anshu Varma

Anshu Varma was born in north India and grew up in Calcutta and New Delhi. As a child she was fascinated by the tradition of mehndi, an art form using paste made from henna leaves to decorate the hands and feet with ornate patterns. Greatly inspired by...