June 15 2017 10:50 AM

Michigan Traditional Art Program raising funds for folk fest Jam Tent

THURSDAY, June 15 — Last year’s Great Lakes Folk Festival saw the debut of the Jam Tent, a small tent where Michigan artists led jam sessions and workshops that were free and open to all festival goers.

The Michigan Traditional Art Program at the MSU Museum wants to bring it back better than it was before, and they’re asking for help. The group is hoping to crowdfund $5,000 to support this year’s Jam Tent. According to the campaign website, donations will be used to “provide a better location, a larger tent, support for Michigan jam leaders, a programming coordinator, publicity, and supplies like chairs, a table, and workshop materials.”

So far, the Jam Tent has crowdfunded 46 percent of its overall goal, with only eight days left to reach that goal. The campaign is hosted at https://givingto.msu.edu/crowdpower/glff-jam-tent.cfm

The Jam Tent provides participatory activities for festival-goers and highlights Michigan music cultures and artists,” says the campaign website. “The Jam Tent is a hub for musicians and listeners of all ages and skill levels to have fun making music together at the Great Lakes Folk Festival.”

This year’s Great Lakes Folk Festival will take place in downtown East Lansing from Aug. 11 to 13, featuring acts that range from Connla, a Celtic group from Northern Ireland, to hometown favorites like Heartland Klezmorim.

As for this year’s Jam Tent, planned activities include “an Irish session, an old time jam, a folk song jam and expanding children’s activities with a Latin music workshop and a song circle.”