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Festival of the Arts

Application process

  • Online applications must be submitted NO LATER THAN MARCH 2, 2024
  • Photo images must be uploaded during the process, then secured application fee payment made via credit card -       
  • All Artisan Village artists must reside in Kent, Newaygo, Barry, Montcalm, Ionia, Muskegon, Ottawa or Allegan Counties.

Festival provides:

  • Single Booth spaces / accommodates one 10’ x 10’ tent
  • Double Booth spaces / accommodates two 10’ x 10’ tents or one 10’ x 20’ tent (limited availability)
  • Designated booth location for each artist (requests taken into consideration)
  • Professional jury to review your work for consideration in Festival of the Arts
  • Artist Information & Hospitality booth
  • Promotion on website, and social media
  • Overnight security
  • Crowds

Artists provide:

  • Payments in the amount of $350 for a single booth or $650 for a double. Payable once accepted as an approved participant in Festival of the Arts’ Artisan Village. Payments are due by May 4, 2024
  • Art work that is handcrafted, original in nature, or be quality reproductions of the original work produced in limited editions (500 or less), individually signed and numbered and clearly labeled “Reproduction” or “Limited Reproduction”.
  • Bags and wrapping materials
  • Credit card sales device
  • Change for your cash transactions
  • Artists are responsible for the payment of sales tax on any sales
  • Sales assistants for your tent
  • Tents
  • Display tables, shelves, etc, and chairs
  • If desired, cordless or battery operated lights for your display space, (CFL or LED lights only)
  • Weights at each corner at a minimum of 40 pounds per tent. - Example weights


  • Artisan Village booths are all located outdoors.
  • The Artisan Village will be located downtown, within the Festival footprint bound by Michigan Ave on the north, Monroe Center on the south.
  • All Booths are required to be open for attendees during advertised 2024 sales hours:

                                Friday, June 7 / 5:00pm - 9:00pm

                                Saturday, June 8 / 10:00am - 9:00pm

                                Sunday, June 9 / 10:00am - 5:00pm

Load-in: Friday day, June 7, 2024

  • Load-in is scheduled with assigned, staggered times, between 8 am – 3:00pm. The Artisan Village will open for business at 5pm that same day.
  • You will receive your load-in times and logistic information May 11, 2024

Load-out: Sunday, June 9, 2024

  • Artisan Village artists may begin to pack up at 5:00 pm on Sunday. You are welcome to hand-carry or cart your loads to your cars as soon as you are ready to do so. You should arrange to have help to watch your booth during this time.
  • Vehicles will be restricted from entering the Festival footprint until permitted by the Grand Rapids Police Department.


  • Fill out the application electronically, pay online, and submit your photo images online.


  • A non-refundable Application Fee must be paid online when you apply. The fee is $15 if you apply before January 31. The fee increases to $25 starting February 1.
  • An artist’s statement and/or biography that may be used for festival publicity.
  • Four (4) high quality photos representing the type of art you intend to sell, preferably close-ups.
  • Two (2) photos of your booth or display area:  ONE to cover your overall booth set-up, and ONE to show how you will stabilize your tent. Please show the corner weights you plan to use.  A MINIMUM OF 40 LBS PER CORNER IS REQUIRED. We suggest more weight per corner.  Downtown can be a wind tunnel.
  • Photos must be uploaded with your online application.
  • If your booth includes a collective or group of artists: Submit at least four photos that represent works to be sold by each artist in your collective, or four photos that represent a sampling of works to be sold by members of your group.
  • Only works represented by photos during the application process will be permitted at Festival.

Festival of the Arts' jury of professionals reserves the right to exclude work submitted. You will be notified in writing which specific items or types of items are to be excluded.

Email Contact: Karen Hunter: or TEXT only: 616-617-3125