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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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,...

Queer Traditions Summit

Participate in the inaugural Queer Traditions Summit (QTS), a two day event exploring queer folklife: the everyday culture, aesthetic expressions, and traditional arts of LGBTQIA+ people in Michigan, nationally, and internationally. The QTS will include...

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 ...

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...

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,...

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...