New on view: GREAT LAKES FOLK FESTIVAL PHOTO EXHIBIT
The MSU Museum presents the stirring sights from one of the area’s most popular events in a new photographic exhibition, “2011 Great Lakes Folk Festival Redux: Photos by Raymond Holt, Patrick T. Power, and Pearl Yee Wong," now on display in the Community Gallery.
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 2011 Great Lakes Folk Festival was the 25th annual folklife festival the museum has produced, and the 10th GLFF in its current format in downtown East Lansing. (The 2011 event was held on Aug. 12-14.)
“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 2011 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 photos for this new exhibit comes from two MSU Museum photographers as well as one festival volunteer photographer and provides a glimpse into the sights and encounters of the 2011 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 three photographers are: Raymond Holt, owner of VideoGraph; 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.
Save the date: the MSU Museum's 2012 Great Lakes Folk Festival is planned for Aug. 10-12. For more information on the festival visit: http://www.greatlakesfolkfest.net/.
Photo by Raymond Holt.