I aRt Festival at the Marquee of Redford Township
Children and adults experience a rich world of art July 21-22, 2012 at this family fun event. Learn how to turn a bottle cap into the next fashion piece!
For four years now, Redford has been making fresh waves on Wayne County's art fair scene with the I aRt Festival at the Marquee of Redford Township. Created to promote the importance of art in the community, this fest returns July 21-22, 2012. All proceeds go to the nonprofit Redford Parks and Art Conservancy. Two thousand people are expected to turn out.
This year's event hours are as follows:
- Saturday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The event is free. Food and artwork can be purchased from vendors.
The Redford Parks and Art Conservancy promotes arts in the community – and understands the value of having accessible parks for adults and kids. "It's important to have a safe place for children to play in the environment they live," said Shani Ramsey of the I aRt festival planning committee.
The festival has different types of art at juried artists' booths, including photography, fine arts, paintings, knitting and more.
For teens and maybe tweens, there'll be an artist who crafts makeup. All ages can transform their bodies into canvases with henna art. Or why not learn to make things in other ways through "found object" art?
At the Kids Cafe, children can play on a percussion tree, get their faces painted and take home art they created. Little ones are welcome to cool off at the water play area, too.
Many of the projects at I aRt are focused using recycled materials. Kids will enjoy making postcards from recycled cardboard – as well as markers – and then coloring a top layer of fabric to create a new pattern.
There will be a community effort to create a Mona Lisa at the festival, too. Everyone can take turns doing a section of the famous da Vinci piece.
Art education is a key focus here. This year's goers will learn through workshops and demonstrations about famous artists from the past, including Van Gogh, and modern artists, too. Plus, watch for the various art vendors, who also will be sharing information about their crafts.
Young artists' work is featured in the Redford Student Art Exhibition. And for adults, there will be the Michigan Craft Beer Tent.
Live entertainment keeps the creativity going. On Sunday, the headliner is country musician Austin Scott. Irish dancers are also set to liven the mood.
Other attractions include Redford Karate, the Marquee farmers market, and Detroit Improv Collective from the Detroit Improv Festival.
See the Metro Parent listing for more on the 2012 I aRt Festival at the Marquee of Redford Township.