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 art is generally learned by example from a family or community member, through imitation and repetition, rather than through formal instruction such as classes or workshops.
Traditional art, as practiced by ethnic, regional, occupational, familial, and religious groups, refers to the traditional expressions through which these communities maintain and pass on their shared sense of beauty, identity, and values.
Green artists take used or recycled materials and upcycle them to make art or functional objects. The products convey the artists’ wisdom, skill and creativity for conserving the planet and using materials in a sometimes recognizable, or a sometimes surprising way.