A veritable mix of art, music and food, the 4th Annual People’s Art Festival at the Russell will be held Aug. 28-29, at the Russell Industrial Center, 1610 Clay St. in Detroit. Start time is noon for both days.
This is essentially festival season for the city, meaning metro Detroiters will have tons of entertainment to choose from. The People’s Art Festival is by design, very different from some of the others, according to co-founder Mark Arminski.
Initially, the goal for the first year was to get 40 artists and a few bands. “Then we continued it,” Arminski said. “I thought after the first year that would be it. We weren’t even thinking about having another art festival.”
But each year, he gave it another try, and each year the event was well-received. The goal is really not to change anything, keeping it primarily as a showcase for emerging Detroit visually artists.
“We really try not to let it change,” Arminski said. “With the growth of the festival it’s going to be bigger. I think with growth comes change. One of the things I’m happy about is the weather is going to be pretty nice. The types of
artists we show…the types of bands…I think it might be a little bigger, more artists.”
And the People’s Art Festival is all about genre bending. You’ll find the requisite indie rock bands, but there’s also hip-hop folk, electronic, show tunes, world, rockabilly, New Wave, and more. You won’t see any headliners at this event (Detroit-based group Crud is perhaps the best known act), and that’s intentional. Arminski loves new music and trusts his instincts that metro Detroiters will enjoy the experience too.
“I like going to places and seeing bands that I’m not familiar with,” he said. “They’re more exciting for me. We try to get entertainment that people aren’t used to seeing. We want bands or entertainers that maybe can’t get into
another festival. I personally view this festival as a stepping platform for both visually artists and bands.”
Arminski is sticking to basics. However, this is to be the first year that the People’s Art Festival will host a fashion show by SHEI magazine, an Ann Arbor based publication. Vegetarian vendors are new to the lineup as well.
Overall, it’s a family-friendly weekend of new music and new art, noted Arminski.
“It’s a family oriented festival,” said Arminski.
For more information, visit http://peoplesartsfestival.com.
1) Mark Arminski, co-founder of the People’s Art Festival
2) Official website, http://peoplesartsfestival.com/2010/?id=home