Review Panel to Evaluate Traditional Arts Submissions, Jan. 26: Public Invited

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MSU Museum’s Michigan Traditional Arts Program 

A review panel will meet to evaluate applications to and nominations for the 2018 Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (MTAAP) and Michigan Heritage Awards (MHA), on Friday, January 26, from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at the Michigan State University Museum. The panel members will meet in the museum’s conference room, 2nd floor, and the meeting is open to the public. Review panelists include folklorists,

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Molly McBride Named Great Lakes Folk Festival Music Coordinator

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Michigan State University Museum’s Great Lakes Folk Festival is getting new leadership for its music programs.  Molly McBride will be taking over the reins from Patrick Power as of November 1, 2017.  Pat, formerly of Lansing, has been a mainstay of the festival since 2002 and has done a wonderful job of bringing traditional musicians to the festival stages. He now lives in San Francisco where he is pursuing his photography career. Molly is a talented fiddler with a masters in folklore and ethnomusicology from Memorial University of Newfoundland and has been working for the MSU Museum for the last few years as a folklife fieldwork coordinator,

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Great Lakes Folk Festival Set-Up Transforms East Lansing

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The stage is set!

MSU MUSEUM, EAST LANSING, MI – Tents, chairs, sound systems, stages, banners and booths are being installed today in preparation for the Great Lakes Folk Festival, a three-day celebration of culture, tradition and community produced by the Michigan State University Museum Aug. 11-13 in downtown East Lansing.

Work begins today on the Albert Avenue Dance Stage in downtown East Lansing.

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Getting to the Great Lakes Folk Festival, Aug. 11 – 13

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Festival facts: travel, transportation and what to bring!

East Lansing streets will be blocked off for the weekend of the Great Lakes Folk Festival.  Bring chairs, and some water and then be ready to soak up 21 hours of programming in music, dance, arts, and culture!

The Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council will provide free guarded parking for festival-goers at a bike lot located at the corner of Albert Street and Abbot Road.

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Opportunities for Festival Volunteers!

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You can pick up your 2017 volunteer T shirt, ask questions about jobs or shifts or even walk in and register to volunteer at any of these 5 volunteer pick up events
Thursday, July 27 at the MSU Museum (409 W. Circle Drive), 4:30 – 7pm
Sunday, July 30 at the East Lansing Farmer’s Market in Valley Court Park
Wednesday,  August 2 at the MSU Museum,

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Volunteer for MSU Museum’s Great Lakes Folk Festival, Aug. 11-13!

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Great time to volunteer!

The Michigan State University Museum’s Great Lakes Folk Festival is seeking volunteers for a variety of positions for the three-day annual community event, set for Aug. 11 – 13 in downtown East Lansing.

More than 300 agile and spirited volunteers help produce the festival, filling three- and four-hour shifts in a variety of areas, including staffing information booths,

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MSU Museum Announces 2017 Folk Festival Line-up

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The roots, the rhythms and the richness of music, dance, arts and culture come to downtown East Lansing for the Michigan State University Museum’s annual Great Lakes Folk Festival, Aug. 11-13.

The music and dance program includes:

Anna & Elizabeth | Old-Time Ballads | Cedar Springs, VA
Bandolero Durán | Voices and Colors of Latin America | Detroit, MI
Bryan Bowers | Autoharp | Sedro-Woolley, WA
Chris Jones &

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Make a Difference by Giving to the Great Lakes Folk Festival Jam Tent!

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In 2016 we introduced the Jam Tent at the Great Lakes Folk Festival, and we’d like to bring it back to the 2017 festival with your help.

Last year at the Jam Tent, talented Michigan artists led music jams, sessions, and workshops that were open and free to everyone. Mick Gavin from the Detroit area gave a workshop on Irish fiddling, Nick Schaedig of Les Cheneaux Islands talked to people about documenting folklore in their own backyards,

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Great Lakes Folk Festival Marketplace: Call for Vendors

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The marketplace at the Great Lakes Folk Festival features hand-made goods with folk wisdom and functionality, Aug. 11 – 13 in downtown East Lansing.

Interested vendors should go to and search for Great Lakes Folk Festival 2017 or click here!   ZAPP is an online application system that allows artists to upload high-resolution digital images of their artwork and apply to participating art shows, festivals, and fairs.  The application deadline is July 15,

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