Now open in the East Ground Floor Gallery: “2012 Great Lakes Folk Festival Rewind: Photography by Raymond Holt, Patrick Kerwin, Patrick T. Power, and Pearl Yee Wong.”
The Great Lakes Folk Festival, produced by the MSU Museum, showcases the traditional cultural treasures of the nation’s Upper Midwest and a sampling of the best of traditional artists from around the country and the world. The 2012 Great Lakes Folk Festival was the 27th annual folklife festival the museum has produced, and the 11th GLFF in its current format in downtown East Lansing. (The 2012 event was held on Aug. 10-12.)
”The festival encourages cross-cultural understanding of our diverse society through the presentation of musicians, dancers, cooks, storytellers and craftspeople whose traditions are rooted in their communities,” explains GLFF Founding Director C. Kurt Dewhurst, MSU Museum curator of folklife and cultural heritage and director of arts and cultural initiatives for University Outreach and Engagement.
The 2012 Great Lakes Folk Festival included over 100 musicians and dancers. Also featured were traditional and other food vendors, craft vendors and many other individual artists/demonstrators, along with a children’s hands-on activity area, crafts demonstrations, and crafts marketplace. Every year since 1987, the MSU Museum has produced a folk festival – first on campus and now in downtown East Lansing — that energizes and educates 90,000 annual visitors. Under the direction of the MSU Museum’s Michigan Traditional Arts Program — a statewide partnership with the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs — the festival also represents partnerships of civic, business, education and arts agencies.
The selection of photography for this new exhibit provides a glimpse into the presentations, personalities and visitor experiences of the 2012 Great Lakes Folk Festival.
“Each photographer was asked to select some of their favorite images to convey the living lessons of this annual major MSU Museum educational engagement program,” Dewhurst notes.
The photographers are: Raymond Holt, owner of VideoGraph; Patrick Kerwin, design and print manager for the Michigan Retailers Association; Patrick T. Power, GLFF music coordinator; and Pearl Yee Wong, MSU Museum collections coordinator. These and other photographs become part of the Folklife Archives of the MSU Museum
“2012 Great Lakes Folk Festival Rewind” will also be featured at the MSU Museum, March 1 – April 22.
Save the date: the MSU Museum’s 2013 Great Lakes Folk Festival is planned for Aug. 9-11.
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong.