#LAFRocks Public Art Project coming to Muskegon this summer

What's happening: #LAFRocks is coming to Muskegon this summer. The Lakeshore Art Festival, in partnership with the Muskegon Museum of Art, is organizing an exhibition of public art in Downtown Muskegon for summer 2023. 

What it is: The artwork will incorporate small boulders/rocks that will be on display beginning June 24. All artists 18 years or older are invited to submit an application to participate in the project no later than March 22.

How to get involved: Accepted artists will receive a stipend and a small boulder/rock. The boulders vary in size, approximately 19 by 10 by 6 inches, and are being provided by Preferred Lawn Care & Snowplowing. Designs must be weather resistant. If applicable, sculptural elements must be securely attached to the boulder. Artists will be responsible for picking up their boulder/rock on April 21 and delivering their completed piece no later than June 19. It is anticipated that five artists will be selected.

In addition to the exhibition, the general public will be invited to participate in the #LAFRocks project during the festival on June 24–25. The Muskegon Museum of Art will be hosting a rock-decorating booth in the roundabout on Western Avenue. More information to come.

The detailed application form can be found at bit.ly/LAFRocksProject. Artists with questions may contact director@lakeshoreartfestival.org. This project is made possible by the Muskegon Museum of Art, Preferred Lawn Care & Snowplowing, and a variety of event sponsors that can be viewed at lakeshoreartfestival.org/support/sponsors.

Why it's important: “We cannot wait to bring the community together through the multiple components of the #LAFRocks project. Rock decorating can be done by many ages and degrees of ability, which is the beauty of this project and aligns well with the mission of Lakeshore Art Festival," says Bre McCarthy, co-director of the Lakeshore Art Festival.

About the festival

The annual art festival brings thousands of guests, hundreds of fine art and craft exhibitors, a multitude of food vendors, children’s activities, live entertainment, and interactive art to Downtown Muskegon. 

The festival ranks as one of the Top 200 in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine (multiple years running), has been recognized with a People’s Choice Award for the #1 Art Festival in West Michigan, and listed as one of the Best Art Fairs in America by ArtFairCalendar.com

Since 2013, Lakeshore Art Festival has brought in over $9.3 million to the Muskegon Lakeshore area and supported a number of local nonprofits. If you’re interested in getting involved as a volunteer or local business partner, please contact Bre McCarthy at director@lakeshoreartfestival.org or visit lakeshoreartfestival.org.
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