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Applications will be open March 2! 

Youth Art Show

Start planning now to be a part of the Festival 2024 Youth Art Exhibit.  Click the link below for more information.

Reception:
  Thursday, June 1st 5-7pm on the Skywalk level at DeVos Place Convention Center.  Awards will be presented at the reception.

Viewing:
  May 30th – June 16th from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily.

Awards:
  Sponsored by Grand Valley State University’s Department of Visual and Media Arts.  TWO awards for each elementary, middle, and high school levels (6 total) will be presented.

Pick Up:
  Saturday, June 17th at 12pm.  Help take down the exhibition and take your artwork home, or pick them up from my house any day after. Students can also take their artwork home.

Questions? email Emily@festivalgr.org

Call for Submissions

Each teacher can submit up to 5 pieces of artwork on behalf of their students.  Please complete this form by May 21st.  Detailed instructions are available here.

School Districts and/or students must be in Kent , Ottawa, Muskegon, Newaygo, Montcalm, Ionia, Berry, or Allegan County to be eligible to enter the Festival 2023 Youth Art Competition.  Please make sure you have adult permission to enter artwork into the show.

Applications are now open

Regional Arts Exhibition

The Festival 2024 Regional Arts Competition is now accepting applications.

For complete entry rules click here.

Drop off of art will be on April 25, 26, and 27, at John S. Hyatt and Associates at 1765 Alpine Avenue NW, 49504. (Same as last year.)

Jurying will follow and all artists will be notified by midnight on April 29th as to acceptance status. 

Pick up of non-selected art will be the same location on:

Thursday, May 11, from Noon to 5:00 pm
Friday, May 12, From 4:00 to 8:00 pm
Saturday, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Check back here for the 2023 application! 

The Festival 2024 Regional Arts Exhibition will be held in the Skywalk between the Amway Grand and DeVos Place from May 12, through June 15. There will be an exhibition of Award-Winning entries at LowellArts from July 6, through August 10, 2024.

Perform At Festival

Applications are now closed

Thanks to all those who applied.  The Festival Scheduling Committee is now hard at work organizing the Festival 2024 Schedule.  

All applicants will be notified the last week of February if they have been selected for a performance spot.

Festival presents a variety of performers. For information on applying to perform at during Festival 2024 click the instructions button below.  You must reside in Kent, Newaygo, Barry, Montcalm, Ionia, Muskegon, Ottawa or Allegan counties to perform at Festival.

Stage plots ensure the quickest setup and maximum performance time for all performers.  Please download, print, and markup the plot using the button below.  Upload the completed plot when completing the online application.

Application deadline is Jan. 31, 2024.  Complete your Application via the following link:

Interested in working on one of our stages?  Sign up to be a member of our Stage Team.

Artisan Village

Applications are now Open!

Applications for Artisan Village are now closed.  You will be notified shortly of the next steps.  Please reach out to artisanvillage@festivalgr.org if you have any questions.

Showcase and sell your work at the Festival Artisan Village! We welcome makers of jewelry, pottery, paintings, fiber arts, metalwork, and much more.

You must be a resident of Kent, Newaygo, Barry, Montcalm, Ionia, Muskegon, Ottawa or Allegan Counties. Details are on the application form below.

Use the link below to complete you application online.

Application deadline is March 2, 2024.  Questions?  Reach out to us at artisanvillage@festivalgr.org

Festival Food Vendors

Applications are now closed

Thanks to everyone who applied.   We have received over 50 applications.  The Festival Food Committee will reach out soon to notify you if you were selected and let you know the next steps.

Check back soon for 2024 applications.

Apply now to be a Festival 2024 Food Vendor.  Festival always attracts lots of hungry people. It’s a great money-making opportunity for any organization. All food vendors must be residents of Kent, Newaygo, Barry, Montcalm, Ionia, Muskegon, Ottawa or Allegan Counties.

Details are available via the following links: 

Click here for the online application: 

Deadline for Applications is Jan. 31, 2024.  Need help?  Email us at:  food@festivalgr.org

Applications opening soon.

Fun With Printmaking

Submit your own t-shirt design for the Festival 2024 Fun With Printmaking booth.

Fun with Printmaking applications are now closed for Festival 2023.  Check back next year!

Fun with Printmaking is once again reaching out to the community requesting submissions for designs for the 2023 screen printed t-shirts.  We are seeking submissions from all levels of artists, of all ages. 

 15 Designs will be selected. 5 will be used per day. Designs will be juried by the Fun with Printmaking Committee. If your art is selected, you will get a free shirt and a chance to actually hand print your own design!

Click here for the online submission form:

If you prefer to mail your design, click below for the printed submission form.

Need help?  Email us at:  funwithprintmaking@festivalgr.org

The Fun with Printmaking tent needs volunteers to help in the tent.  If you are interested please let us know at:  funwithprintmaking@festivalgr.org