Event Information


Great Lakes Folk Festival Marketplace 2018

Downtown East Lansing, Michigan
East Lansing, Michigan (Midwest)

Event Dates: 8/10/18 - 8/12/18
Application Deadline: 7/15/18 Midnight EST
148 day(s) and 5 hour(s) remaining


Images: 2 (a booth shot is NOT required)

Fee (Application Fee): $25.00


Event Summary
The Great Lakes Folk Festival is a unique fusion of arts fair, music festival, county fair, multi-ethnic festival, hands-on activity workshops and celebration of cultural heritage, held Aug 10-12, 2018 in downtown East Lansing. The GLFF Marketplace is a venue for folk and traditional artists, and "green" artists working with recycled or upcycled materials.  Only folk and "green" artists are invited to apply!

General Information
MSU Museum's Great Lakes Folk Festival Marketplace
Attention Folk/Traditional Artists and Green Artists!  2018 marks the 32nd year of the MSU Museum’s summer folk festival, now called the Great Lakes Folk Festival. The GLFF is a unique fusion of arts fair, music festival, county fair, multi-ethnic festival, hands-on activity workshops and celebration of cultural heritage, held every August in downtown East Lansing. The GLFF Marketplace is a centerpiece of the festival. Only traditional and folk artists, and “green” artists working with recycled or upcycled materials are invited to apply to the GLFF Marketplace. (Please see below for further definition of our criteria.) The GLFF Marketplace is a rare venue in the art festival world for folk, traditional and “green” artists to market and demonstrate their traditional work to an audience. We invite you to apply for a space at the GLFF Marketplace to market your work to our audience.

We’re not just another art fair – the Great Lakes Folk Festival is about the Folk, as much as it is about the art. Our audience has been cultivated to really take an interest in the product as well as the process.

The Marketplace is located in downtown East Lansing, Michigan, amidst the music and talk stages of the Great Lakes Folk Festival. It is a free event that attracts families from all around the region. The show will be limited to 50 vendors who meet the criteria of a traditional/folk or "green" artist. Applicants will be chosen by a jury comprised of MSU Museum staff.

Traditional/Folk Artist:
Folk or 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.

Generally, folk or traditional art is learned by example from a family or community member, through imitation and repetition, rather than through formal instruction such as classes or workshops. Ordinarily, valued and authentic folk practitioners are brought up within a traditional community, learning a repertoire and style from their seniors.

Green Artist:
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 -- using materials in sometimes recognizable, and sometimes surprising ways.

About the Great Lakes Folk Festival
The Great Lakes Folk Festival 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 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. The festival includes nearly 100 musicians or dancers in groups, who perform at least twice and sometimes as many as four times over the weekend. Also featured are traditional and other food vendors, craft vendors and many other individual artists/demonstrators. There are five performance stages, a children's hands-on activity area, crafts demonstrations, and crafts marketplace. In addition there are special programs every year, which feature some aspect of traditional culture.

Jury Fee (Application Fee): $25.00

Booth Rates:
Booth with 10' x 10' tent, one 8' table and chair. $200.00
Booth space (10' x 10') bring your own tent and table(s): $90.00

Application Process
Compete your application online and pay the $25.00 jury/application fee by credit card. Or you can complete the application online and send a check made payable to MSU Museum to:

MSU Museum
409 West Circle Drive, MSU
East Lansing, MI 48824-1045
attn:   Lynne Swanson

Digital Images:
Applicants must submit three color digital images of examples of their work, via the ZAPP application. Three images must show individual pieces representative of current work.

Important Dates:
Application Deadline: July 15, 2018
Jurying: ONGOING
Acceptance Notification will be emailed approximately 1 to 2 weeks after Zapp online application completed. Artists will be notified at the latest by email by July 20, 2018. Please confirm your intent to participate in GLFF by July 22, 2018. A list of the invited artists will be posted on http://greatlakesfolkfest.net in late June.
Booth Fees Due: July 30, 2018
Booth Location Notification: Will be emailed to you prior to the event with complete show information, including parking and directions.

GLFF Marketplace hours:
Saturday 8/11/2018 Noon – 6:00 p.m. Artists have the option to stay open later if they wish, though we cannot provide lighting.
Sunday 8/12/2018 Noon – 6:00 p.m. The festival closes at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Friday Vending:
The GLFF music stages open Friday evening 8/10/2018 at 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm. Marketplace vendors have the option to set up for this limited evening period, starting Friday at 3:00p.m., though this is not required. There is no lighting available, however. Vendors who wish to open Friday night will be placed together in an area with high traffic.

Setup: Saturday morning at starting at 8:00 AM, or Friday at 3:00 PM for those wishing to vend on Friday. Vehicles must be off the site by Saturday at 11:00 AM and Friday at 4:30PM.

The GLFF hires a security service to watch over the festival grounds on Friday and Saturday nights and the East Lansing Police Department is in close proximity to the festival site. However, the festival site is located in a downtown city space, therefore we strongly recommend that you secure your tent so that nothing inside it is visible. It is also a good idea to move items away from the outside edges of your tent and to secure zippers or opening securely with zipties or locks. When it comes to securing your tent please remember “out of sight, out of mind”. The GLFF cannot be held responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged artwork so please secure your tent carefully. GLFF will provide two locked storage containers. Artists may opt to move their materials into these storage units and use them for storage of their materials overnight free of charge.

Severe weather:
While the GLFF is a rain or shine event, your safety and the safety of our patrons is of the utmost importance. The festival staff reserves the right to close the festival due to potentially severe weather. There are no booth fee refunds for show cancellation due to weather emergencies.

Artist Amenities:
We appreciate our exhibiting artists and do our best to offer amenities that help make your experience a positive one at the GLFF! Booth sitters are available through the on-site festival staff (a phone number will be provided to artists at load in). In an effort to reduce waste, recycling bins for plastic water bottles are located throughout the site and large containers of ice water for refillable water bottles are available throughout the festival site.  We also provide free parking for artists!

Cancellation Policy:
There are no refunds of application fees. A credit for 50% of booth fees will be issued to your account if you notify the office within 14 DAYS or more before the show date. The exhibitor is responsible for the entire show fee if he/she cancels after July 22, 2018. Please make cancellations in writing, either by email, fax or mail.

Legal Agreement
(To be signed before you apply.)
I hereby release and agree to hold harmless the Great Lakes Folk Festival from any damage to my property or any personal injury which I or my helpers may sustain while participating in the Great Lakes Folk Festival on August 10 - 12, 2018. Further, I agree to abide by all policies and guidelines developed by the Great Lakes Folk Festival planning committee. I understand that failure to follow these regulations can mean expulsion from this year's or future festivals. I understand that my space rental fee cannot be refunded after July 22, 2018. Further, I understand there are no refunds of application fees. I understand that a credit for 50% of my booth fees will be issued to my account if I notify the office on or before July 22, 2018 of a cancellation, and that I am responsible for the entire show fee if I cancel after July 22, 2018. I understand that I must make a cancellation in writing, either by email, fax or mail. I understand that the festival does not carry insurance to cover my personal property and that I store my crafts at my own risk. I further understand that as an independent contractor I will be responsible for reporting sales tax directly to the State of Michigan.

Rules for Participation:
Before applying, please make sure your work meets the following criteria. By applying you agree to abide by the rules, policies and decisions of the Great Lakes Folk Festival.
1. The Great Lakes Folk Festival Marketplace is a venue for traditional and folk artists, and also "green" artists who produce recycled/upcycled works from recycled materials. See above for definitions.
2. All work must be original, handcrafted work which complies with the media definitions listed in this prospectus. One of a kind work is preferred and encouraged.
3. Artists may only show work in categories approved by the Jury.
4. All work exhibited must be of the quality and type of that shown in the juried images. The GLFF reserves the right to ask an artist to remove work that does not meet this requirement.
5. Artists are asked to submit an Artist Statement, describing how and by whom the work is made, how they learned the craft/art, and the materials used to make the work, for use on our website.
6. Artists must be present with their work for the entire three days of the Festival. All artists must check in at Registration upon arrival.
7. All work must be for sale.
8. Festival producers expect that the artists', vendors' and presenters' programs and goods reflect the curatorial program.
9. Artists and vendors may not discriminate against any person on a basis that is prohibited by state or federal law, or on account of sexual orientation.

Booth Information
Booth sizes are 10' x 10'.  Rented tents are available for an additional fee of $110.00.