OUR VIEW: Organizers look ahead to next year’s Festival of the Arts

February was again alive with the arts thanks to the 2012 Festival of the Arts.

Kudos and many thanks to the organizing team, including Carrie Weis, Ed Mallett and R. Scott Cohen, for their dedication and hours of labor in bringing such a diverse offering to the extended Big Rapids community.

Now it’s time to look ahead to next year’s festival.

Residents can let festival organizers know what they would like to see at the 2013 festival as well as what they liked and disliked about this year’s festival at a meeting being held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at Big Rapids City Hall.

Those who are unable to attend the meeting can e-mail their comments to festival co-chair Carrie Weis at weisc@ferris.edu.

Thanks to the many volunteers who worked from late January through Feb. 29, area residents were treated to an array of nearly 60 individual events.

There was art – from origami to clay tile production; from flower arrangement to the fine elements of drawing and painting.

There was music – from hot jazz to cool blues.

There were lectures for adults, and hands-on crafts for kids.

There was homegrown talent, and offerings from Mexico (music), France (cinema), and Japan (haiku), and more, and more and more.

There very literally was something for just about everybody. Thousands took advantage of the myriad offerings. During the dreariest month of the year, there always was something going on – something to add light, and color, and cheer to their lives.

Organizers of the 2012 Festival deserve a heartfelt salute for their time, effort, focus and purpose in creating the best, busiest and most enthusiastic Festival of the Arts to date.

While offering our thanks, we also have to admit we’re waiting to see what next year brings. Dare we say it – we can’t wait for next February!

 

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