It’s hard to fully convey the effects of our global arts programming. Artists meet with thousands of students and field questions of all kinds. Adults are drawn by curiosity—or sometimes their children—to hear voices from another land at community concerts. The experience prompts creative exploration, discussion of family history, and recognition of shared humanity.
Arts Midwest Folkefest kicked off in fall 2017, building on years of global programming at Arts Midwest designed to foster understanding and appreciation across cultures. This video shows the effects in one community—Marquette in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan—during a tour with Kardemimmit, an incredible musical ensemble from Finland.
During their week-long residency in Michigan, Kardemimmit reached more than 1,500 kids and 500 adults while visiting seven schools in Marquette and neighboring communities. Their full tour visited three Midwestern states and more than 4,800 kids and 1,300 adults through 41 educational workshops, community activities, and public concerts. And later this month, Kardemimmit will return for a second tour to share more international arts experiences through Arts Midwest Folkefest.
Learn more about the program, artists, and communities at www.artsmidwest.org/folkefest.