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Call for proposals for artist grants for 15th Annual Mississippi Earthtones Festival

The Sierra Club Illinois’ Three Rivers Project and Alton Main Street are calling for proposals for artist grants for the 15th annual Mississippi Earthtones Festival.

The festival, which will be held from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, brings together thousands of community members in celebration of the Mississippi River through art, music, and conservation. Local artists are invited to submit proposals via this form by Aug. 27 to fill the festival grounds with beauty and creativity while enhancing the festival for visitors through interactive art experiences.

The Mississippi Earthtones Festival is held annually as part of the state of Illinois’ “It’s Our River Day,” an initiative to celebrate Illinois watersheds through education, recreation, and conservation. This year, the festival’s theme is metamorphosis.

Local artists have the chance to receive a $300 grant to build an art installation on the festival’s grounds. Street artists, textile artists, fashion designers, and makers of products from upcycled and natural materials are especially encouraged to apply.

More information about the Mississippi Earthtones Festival can be found at

“After spending over a year in a cocoon of sorts, I’m thrilled that this year’s theme is metamorphosis,” says event co-organizer and Sierra Club Illinois’ Three Rivers Project co-coordinator Christine Favilla. “This year’s theme for the Mississippi Earthtones Festival connects beautifully to our mission to conserve, protect the environment, and enjoy the great outdoors. I’m excited to see what artists will come up with to represent the community’s metamorphosis.”

PHOTO: File photo from 2017 festival.

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