The East Lansing Art Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend

May 18, 2013

Up to 70 thousand people are expected to attend this weekend’s East Lansing Art Festival.

The festival marks its 50th anniversary this year.    The festival started back in the mid-1960’s, when a group of local artists simply wanted to hold a small show along Grand River Avenue.    It’s grown a lot since then. 

Corinn Van Wyck is the festival’s director.   She says organizers try to focus on the quality of art, not just quantity.

“(The festival) is set up to make the arts accessible,” says Van Wyck, “It’s not set up to cram in every square inch with things.”

Van Wyck says 500 artists applied for inclusion in this year’s festival.

But this weekend’s East Lansing Art Festival will only feature the work of 170 artists.