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Kalamazoo Institute Of Arts Fair (Kalamazoo, MI) – Call For Artists

Kalamazoo Institute Of Arts Fair (Kalamazoo, MI) – Call For Artists

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA) announces a call for artists for the 69th annual Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair. The KIA Arts Fair is a two-day, juried show featuring up to 190 fine artists. Staged in a shady, historic park in downtown Kalamazoo, the KIA Arts Fair is acclaimed for its friendly atmosphere and large crowds of arts patrons from across Michigan, Indiana, and beyond.

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Deadline: 31 Jan 2020

Artists who are chosen to participate in the 2020 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair will enjoy showing and selling their work in a beautiful outdoor venue affording the opportunity to interact personally with fair-goers and jurors. The KIA Arts Fair recruits jurors who demonstrate expertise in their mediums. The jury is comprised of practicing artists, art educators, and museum professionals. On the first day of the fair, jurors will select 12 best of category winners who will each receive $350 and a prize ribbon to display on their booths the second day of the fair. All artists selected to participate have the opportunity to promote themselves during the fair by distributing promotional materials.

The fair offers many artist amenities, awards 12 best-in-category prizes, and is supported by far-reaching promotion measures attracting a crowd of upwards of 40,000 patrons. Artist amenities include free artist parking, a complimentary Friday evening artist dinner and award ceremony, complimentary coffee and light breakfast in the park Saturday morning, and an air-conditioned artist lounge with refreshments.

About Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts believes the visual arts are for everyone. They inspire, transform, and fulfill. Since 1924, the KIA, a private non-profit organization, has presented opportunities to the community and visitors from around the world to enjoy and create art. The KIA holds more than 4,700 fine artworks in its permanent collection; presents touring and collection exhibitions in 10 galleries; offers four terms of art classes at the Kirk Newman Art School; and houses the KIA Gallery Shop, featuring artwork by area artists and international artisans.

The collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts includes over 4,000 works of art, focusing on American painting, sculpture and ceramics; American and European works on paper; and photography. In recent years, the collection has been expanded to include Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, African, and East Asian art.

For more information, contact cariannez@kiarts.org.

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91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition – Call For Artists

91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition – Call For Artists

The Muskegon Museum of Art (MMA) is pleased to announce a call for artists for the 91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition, to be held from September 5 – November 13, 2019. All artists 18 years or older, residing in Michigan, are eligible to enter. Artists may enter one or two pieces, in all media excluding video. Work must have been completed in the past two years.

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Deadline: 12 Jul 2019

Fee for entry is $35. Fee for MMA members is $20.

The Muskegon Museum of Art’s regional juried exhibition, now the Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition and formerly the “Regional Exhibition,” is the longest-running regional art exhibition in Michigan. The reputation of the MMA’s show is well-established. Jurors are chosen from outside the area and often from outside the state to provide an objective selection process. The MMA’s professional staff is proficient at providing publicity, event planning, and logistical operations for the annual call-for-entry, jurying, and exhibition presentation with a personal touch.

This year’s juror is artist and curator Amy Chaloupka, a sculptor, curator, and art history professor. She has exhibited widely and created several public works including permanent installations in Santa Fe, Chicago, and Madison, WI.

91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition Artist Benefits

Now in its 91st year, this competitive exhibition is an opportunity for career growth, recognition, and financial prizes and sales for contemporary Michigan artists. Over $5,000 in prizes will be awarded including a $1,500 Best of Show Award. Last year, over $40,000 of art was sold from the exhibition. The exhibition was viewed by over 3,700 guests. All artists chosen for the exhibition will be listed in an exhibition catalogue and award winners’ works will be pictured in the catalogue. Most works are sold early in the exhibition’s run.

Artists participating in this regional show in past years have gone on to have greater recognition and exhibitions at the Muskegon Museum of Art and at other galleries and museums. The timing of the exhibition coincides with fall academic attendance and with Muskegon County’s October Arts and Humanities Festival.

About the Muskegon Museum of Art

The Muskegon Museum of Art, founded on a tradition of aesthetic excellence, is committed to fostering the life-long study and appreciation of the visual arts by strengthening, preserving, and exhibiting its collections; offering a wide range of traditional and contemporary exhibitions; stimulating learning and creativity through diverse public and educational programming; and enhancing community involvement and support in a safe, accessible, and welcoming environment.

For more information, contact jmilostan@muskegonartmuseum.org.

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Gifts Of Art Program 2019 – Call For Artists

Gifts Of Art Program 2019 – Call For Artists

The Gifts of Art Program 2019 is seeking submissions for solo and group art exhibits for the September 2019 to August 2020 exhibition year. One of the first and most comprehensive arts in healthcare programs in the nation, Gifts of Art brings the world of art and music to Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan.

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Deadline: 31 May 2019

The Gifts of Art Program 2019 is designed to calm nerves, lift spirits, and engage minds by supporting the healing process and reducing the stress and anxiety often associated with healthcare settings. Therefore, Michigan Medicine takes into consideration the medical and emotional sensitivities of their viewers. Engaging with the arts in a medical setting can be an especially powerful, transformative experience for patients and visitors. The artwork on display is richly diverse in style, medium, form, and subject. They provide an ever-changing sampling of the best art the region has to offer.

Overt sexual content, violence, and nudity will not be considered. Michigan Medicine avoids pieces that are confrontational, chaotic, obviously depressing, or contain negative medical connotations.

Gifts Of Art Program 2019 Artist Benefits

The University of Michigan Hospitals are a large, academic medical center with over 26,000 employees. Nine 2D and 3D galleries throughout the medical center are viewed by approximately 10,000 people a day. The galleries display over thirty exhibits a year. The galleries are some of the most widely visited indoor, non-museum exhibit spaces in Michigan. Artists are not required to have works for sale. Community and arts organizations are welcome to apply.

Social Equity

Michigan Medicine has a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative campus-wide.  They try to make DEI a natural part of their business practice and seek shows that are reflective of diverse patient, visitor, and staff populations. Exhibits are highly public. They bring the arts to populations that may have limited opportunities to visit more traditional art venues such as museums and galleries.  Performances, art workshops, and galleries are free and open to the public.

About Michigan Medicine

Michigan Medicine is home to one of the largest health care complexes in the world. It has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the Medical School first opened in 1850. Their vision is to create the future of health care through discovery and become the national leader in health care, health care reform, biomedical innovation, and education. They advance health to serve Michigan and the world.

For more information, contact kmtalley@umich.edu.

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Odds And Ends (Ann Arbor, MI) – Call For Artists

Odds And Ends (Ann Arbor, MI) – Call For Artists

Ann Arbor Art Center announces a call for artists for Odds and Ends, an exhibition of collage works. Referencing both classic and contemporary techniques, the exhibition surveys how traditions have evolved and celebrates the ways artists find to continually re-imagine materials. This exhibition welcomes artists that employ a range of collage techniques in any medium (2-D and 3-D). In addition to traditional paper collages, artists working in performance, sculpture, installation, ceramics, sound, and digital media are encouraged to submit work for consideration.

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Deadline: 19 Apr 2019

The Odds and Ends call for entry is open to any artist over the age of 18 who currently resides in the US. Artists are invited to submit up to three images per $35 entry in any combination of individual artwork or detail images. Artworks must have been created within the past three years and not previously shown in any other Ann Arbor Art Center exhibitions. There are no restrictions on artwork dimensions however artists are encouraged to review the gallery space diagram to help guide their submission.

The Odds and Ends jurying process is anonymous; however, artists must submit a bio and CV as separate .doc or .pdf documents. Label the files using the following format: Lastname_Firstname_Bio and Lastname_Firstname_CV. This is a juried exhibition and all entries must be submitted digitally for consideration. Submission does not guarantee artwork acceptance and submission fees are non-refundable. Submissions will not be accepted past the deadline.

Accepted artwork must arrive “ready to hang” – the Art Center reserves the right to decline artworks that do not meet gallery standards or do not represent artist submission. Artists are expected to provide components necessary for special/nontraditional installations. For shipped artwork, artists are responsible for all shipping costs and insurance, if applicable. It is preferable that artworks are for sale. The Art Center retains a 50% commission on all sold artwork.

Odds And Ends Juror: John Gutoskey

John Gutoskey is an artist, designer, printmaker, and collector. Early in his career, John worked as a costume designer and as a specialist in costume crafts, where he worked on productions in New York City and across the US in theater, opera, dance, film, and television. He taught classes in millinery, mask making, and fabric dyeing at the University of Michigan in the Department of Theater.

In the 1990‘s, John returned to his studio with a newfound interest in making art on his own terms. It resulted in an outpouring of new work. Exploring the media of assemblage (through found objects), collage, printmaking, and installation, he was inspired by the works of Joseph Cornell, Betye Saar, Lucas Samaras, outsider art, Art Brut, and religious art to evolve his own unmistakable style: a perfect mirror for his gregarious, highly animated personality. The obsessive collector in Gutoskey met the trained visual artist half-way.

John earned his BFA in theater design with a minor in sculpture from Webster University in St. Louis. He earned his MFA from the University of Michigan’s School of Art & Design where he studied printmaking & installation art, and also completed a certificate in LGBTQ Studies. John is the owner of JG Studio and the A2 Print Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Important dates for artists

  • Submission deadline: Friday, April 19 at 11:59PM (MST)
  • All artists notified of juror selections: Monday, April 22 via email
  • Accepted artwork delivery deadline: Monday, May 6
  • Opening party / Juror awards presentation: Friday, May 10 (6-9pm)
  • Exhibition closes: Saturday, June 1
  • Pick-up of work: Sunday, June 2 – Thursday, June 6

Odds And Ends Artist Benefits

Artists will be in the running for a number of monetary awards. Additionally, they will be featured throughout various social media accounts for the duration of the show. Best in Show awards the winner $500. Second place awards $200, and the third is a $100 prize.

The Ann Arbor Art Center is located right in the midst of downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, a hot spot of shopping and restaurants, which give ample foot traffic to our exhibitions in the 117 Gallery. Opening parties average around a few hundred people. Online stats are as follows:

  • Facebook Page: 22K likes
  • Instagram Page: 3650 likes
  • Twitter Page: 4K likes

About the Ann Arbor Art Center

For 109 years, the Ann Arbor Art Center has been a contemporary forum for the visual arts. Through exhibitions, public art, and art experiences, the Art Center engages over 50,000 people annually in collaboration and exploration of art. The Art Center is located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, MI.

Since 1909, the Ann Arbor Art Center has been sparking creativity in people of all ages and artistic abilities. The mission: “to be a contemporary forum for the visual arts through education, exploration, collaboration and exhibition, and to engage minds, expand perspectives and inspire growth in students of all ages, teachers, artists and the community.”

For more information, contact mwolf@annarborartcenter.org.

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Lubeznik Arts Festival 2019 – Call For Artists

Lubeznik Arts Festival 2019 – Call For Artists

Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) seeks fine artists and fine crafters for the Lubeznik Arts Festival 2019 (LAF) on August 17th and 18th in Michigan City, Indiana. This popular festival is currently in its 38th year. Exhibitor categories include 2-D art, fine craft, jewelry, photography, sculptural objects, and wearable art. LAF takes place on LCA’s grounds to connect festival-goers to dynamic programming and exhibitions.

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Deadline: 29 Mar 2019

LCA selects individual fine artists and fine crafters through a jury process. Additionally, LCA’s galleries will be available for use by regional galleries that represent the best in emerging contemporary art. LCA anticipates 75 to 100 exhibitors in total.

Lubeznik Arts Festival 2019 Artist Benefits

LAF is extensively marketed via social media, radio, TV, print, and promotional signage. This year’s festival will take place during LCA’s summer blockbuster exhibition, “The Chicago Imagists: Before and After.”

$3,000 in cash awards will be distributed between:

  • Best in Show
  • 1st Place Artist
  • 1st Place Artisan
  • Neil Kienitz Award for Representational Art
  • Juror’s Awards (2)

Amenities for exhibitors include:

  • Parking – Designated parking areas for artists are located adjacent to LCA property.
  • Hospitality – Complimentary water and snacks are provided during Friday setup and throughout the festival.
  • Indoor restrooms will be accessible during setup and festival hours, in addition to portable restrooms outside.
  • Security – Off-duty police officers will be onsite both Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Booth Sitters – Volunteers will be available Saturday and Sunday to provide short relief breaks for exhibitors.
  • Art purchase pick-up service is available for patrons at Office Trailer/Entrance.

About Lubeznik Center for Arts

Lubeznik Center for Arts (LCA) serves as a hub for arts and culture for the entire region. They strive to ensure that everyone in their community receives equal access to high quality cultural experiences. In order to accomplish this, they provide:

  • World class contemporary art exhibitions, open to the public at no charge
  • Educational tours and artmaking for approximately 1,800 students annually
  • After school art education programs at eight elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school
  • Free visual arts classes for adults with cognitive disabilities at no charge to participants
  • Scholarships to help ensure all children have the opportunity to attend our art classes and camps
  • Free First Friday cultural events
  • A gallery shop featuring one-of-a-kind artisan-made items

For more information, contact artinfo@lubeznikcenter.org.

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East Lansing Art Festival 2019 – Call For Artists

East Lansing Art Festival 2019 – Call For Artists

Announcing a call for artists for the East Lansing Art Festival 2019. Established in 1964, the festival is an evolving outdoor celebration featuring fine artists, exceptional musicians, artist demos, children’s art activities, poetry, and delicious food. The festival offers community members an opportunity to learn directly about the artistic process from the artist and purchase one of a kind original pieces of art. The festival strives to introduce the next generation of art lovers by introducing children to interesting arts activities and experiences. The Emerging Artist program contributes to the next generation of exhibiting artists by providing space and mentorship to artists new to the festival circuit. Each of these endeavors fosters an atmosphere of art appreciation and a weekend of fun.

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Deadline: 31 Jan 2019

Exhibitors at the East Lansing Art Festival 2019 can expect:

  • Well-educated visitors including professionals from the state government and university
  • Friendly volunteers who welcome artists and make load-in and load-out run smoothly
  • Booth sitting services
  • Friday set-up at booth location
  • Free artist parking
  • Over $6000 in artist awards – all award winners are exempt from jury for the following three consecutive festivals
  • Saturday morning coffee
  • Artist reception
  • Affiliation with local public TV and radio – bringing the right people to you
  • Eclectic live music that enhances the art rather than distracts from it
  • International flavors in a unique food court
  • Hands-on arts education area for children and families
  • A festive mood – this is the kickoff of the local festival season in Michigan

About the East Lansing Art Festival

In its 56th year, the East Lansing Art Festival is a well-established fine art and fine craft show that attracts artists from all over the country. As a May event, the festival leads the way into the summer art festival season in Michigan. The festival got its start when a group of artists set up their art on the main street of the downtown. The Festival has grown and evolved into a two day festival produced by a volunteer Board of Directors and two part-time staff. With amenities like complementary promotional postcards, Friday drive-up load-in at booth assignment, Saturday morning coffee and donuts, booth sitters, free artist parking, and upwards of 60,000 weekend visitors, the festival provides an exceptional artist experience.

For more information, contact info@elartfest.com.

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58th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival – Call For Artists

58th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival – Call For Artists

The Chamber of Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg announces a call for artists for the 58th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival, a community event that takes place the last full weekend in June (June 29 and 30 this year). It invites nearly 100 artists from across the country to transform Washington Avenue into a chic, outdoor, art gallery. Ranked number 14 in the Top 200 Shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine, this well-attended event boasts free admission, food vendors, kids’ activities, and live music. Residents and visitors from Grand Rapids, Chicago, and Detroit visit the annual Grand Haven Art Festival looking to purchase that perfect piece for their homes, cottages, and offices.

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Deadline: 15 Feb 2019

This show welcomes fine art only. All artwork must be the original, handcrafted work of the displaying artist. Buy/Sell vendors are strictly prohibited. Artwork will not be permitted if it is created from non-artist made molds, kits, or other commercial methods. Artwork produced in studios involved in volume production will not be permitted, nor will work that is mass-produced or ready-made items (clothing, furniture) with artistic embellishments.

Available categories for applying include clay, digital art, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and wood.

58th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival Artist Benefits

Artists prizes total $1,000 (top three prizes only). Honorable Mentions in each category listed above are awarded. There are many artist benefits and amenities including booth sitters, complimentary snacks and water, complimentary breakfast, a host home program for accommodations, extensive marketing in newspaper, television, and social media, artist parking close to the show, as well as an excited, welcoming, and beautiful community to spend the weekend.

Grand Haven Art Festival is a smaller show (in terms of number of booths) in comparison to other nationally-ranked shows. That’s what makes it special. Buyers feel they have the time to stop in to each and every booth and make real connections with artists.

About The Chamber of Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg

The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg has been the go to place for businesses in Northwest Ottawa County since 1899. They continue to be the leading voice for business. It is their mission to be the connection point facilitating the economic drivers that support business development, sustained growth, health, and quality of life for all sectors in North Ottawa County and West Michigan.

For more information, contact msherman@grandhavenchamber.org.

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Lakeshore Art Festival 2019 – Call For Artists

Lakeshore Art Festival 2019 – Call For Artists

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce announces a call for artists for the Lakeshore Art Festival 2019, combining the best of both worlds … fine art and fine crafts. 

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Deadline: 1 Feb 2019

Art in the Park is held in historic Hackley Park, a green landscaped square block that features beautiful trees and flowers, interior and perimeter sidewalks, historic sculptures, and a center circle. It is located in the heart of downtown Muskegon’s Heritage District, home to the Muskegon Museum of Art, Lakeshore Museum Center, Monet’s Garden, Hackley Library, and Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts.

The Craft and Artisan Food Market will flow through beautiful downtown Muskegon. It will include only handcrafted goods. Absolutely no buy and sell. The Craft Market footprint will end at the Children’s Lane. Crafters will not have booths in the children’s area unless specifically desired.

Lakeshore Art Festival 2019 Artist Benefits

Named Sunshine Artist Magazine 200 Best for multiple years. Recognized as Best Small Town Art Fair by Art Fair Calendar. The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce provides extensive marketing and publicity for the show, guests, and artists. There is local media coverage and artists are invited to participate in TV spots. Advertising utilizes newspaper, magazine, social media, industry trade publications, posters, postcards, radio advertising, television, and billboards. Nearly 8,000 followers on Facebook and 482 on Instagram.

  • Easy set up and take down with vehicle access near booth site
  • Private security patrolling park and streets overnight Thursday and Friday
  • Exhibitor hospitality which includes morning coffee, juice, water and baked goods
  • Friendly Lakeshore Art Festival Committee Member booth sitters for exhibitor breaks
  • $3,000 in Fine Art/Fine Craft awards and Craft Market People’s Choice Awards

About The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is the premier business membership organization on the lakeshore representing over 1,230 businesses and organizations. They create an environment for business success through community leadership, promotion, inclusive business advocacy, and valued member services.

For more information, contact artfest@muskegon.org.

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Good Hart 2019 Artist Residencies – Call For Artists

Good Hart 2019 Artist Residencies – Call For Artists

The Good Hart Artist Residency, located in Good Hart, Michigan, announces a call for artists for the Good Hart 2019 Artist Residencies – 2-3 week residencies dedicated visual artists and writers. The residency provides a live/work studio space, food, a $500.00 stipend, and a quiet setting to concentrate on creative work. The resident artist is housed in a rural area within walking distance of Lake Michigan and the village of Good Hart, along the “Tunnel of Trees,” a Scenic Heritage Route. The Good Hart Artist Residency offers a solitary experience by hosting one resident at a time. The residency works in partnership with several local community organizations.

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Deadline: 15 Jan 2019

Artist residency dates:

  • May 10-24, 2019
  • June 14-28, 2019
  • July 31-August 14, 2019
  • August 16-30, 2019

Writer residency dates:

  • Sept 20-Oct 4, 2019
  • October 5-19, 2019
  • January 3-17, 2020
  • January 29 – February 12, 2020

Good Hart 2019 Artist Residencies Include

  • Two or three-week residency stay
  • Live/work studio space
  • Breakfast and lunch foods will be stocked in the studio apartment and dinners offered by the host family three times per week. Locally sourced ingredients and seasonal vegetables from an onsite garden when available.
  • $500.00 stipend

About Good Hart Artist Residency

The Good Hart Artist Residency is motivated by the three concepts of Art, Place, and Community.

Art – Good Hart Artist Residency welcomes writers and artists working in all visual mediums. The residency provides time and space for writers and artists to create, as well as full room and board to allow residents time to focus on work.

Place – Good Hart is a very small town located on M-119, a scenic heritage route referred to as the Tunnel of Trees, in Northern Michigan. The area’s natural beauty includes the Lake Michigan shoreline, inland lakes, and coastal dunes and wetlands. This unique region is home to state parks and forests and more than 25 publicly accessible preserves.

Community – The Good Hart Artist Residency believes connecting people from different backgrounds and cultures feeds creativity and creates a more interesting and compassionate world. Artists-in-residence connect to the local community by collaborating with our partnering nonprofit organizations to provide educational workshops, presentations, and open houses.

For more information, contact goodhartartistresidency@gmail.com.


Riverwalk Festival 2018 – Call For Artists

Riverwalk Festival 2018 – Call For Artists

The Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce announces a call for artists for the Riverwalk Festival 2018, to be held along the Flat River Riverwalk in Downtown Historic Lowell, MI. The focus is on handmade, re-purposed, found, organic, natural, sustainable, and eco-friendly art. The show is a gathering of 70 artists and craftspeople. The show is for high quality art and handcrafted but not a fine art. Median priced items sell best.

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Deadline: 22 May 2018

The Riverwalk Festival 2018 is on July 12, 13, and 14. Artists are required to participate on Friday night and Saturday. The Chamber offers vendors continental breakfast on Saturday morning from 8am-9am.  Vendor parking is close to the show area, making it easy for unloading and loading. Overnight security is provided. The festival is a crowd-pleaser which draws in thousands of people from around the area. This a family friendly event with many fun activities.

About the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce

The Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce has been a longstanding organization in the Greater Lowell Community. Organized as the Lowell Board of Trade in 1906, the name was changed to the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce in 1970. Their mission is promote commerce and welfare in the Lowell area, making the area a desirable location for capital investment and residence. They promote the quality of life and harmony among the business and residential communities.

For more information, contact info@lowellchamber.org.


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