University of Michigan Students // Art in Public Spaces
For the twelfth year, students in the Lloyd Hall Scholars Program at the University of Michigan are back at it with the puppet making mayhem! Mark Tucker is the FestiFools Founder, puppet making master, and teacher extraordinaire who inspires and instructs his students in the art of papier-mâché puppetry. Below is a preview of the student’s projects and the message behind them.
Sound + Performance Art Installation // SCOUT + Friends
DJ Meryl Waldo aka SCOUT is back!! This year she teamed up with a super group of artists to bring a BIG installation to the streets of Ann Arbor! Brace yourself for a spectacular night of light, sound, and performance with theatrical vignettes supported by full production (costumes, set, lighting, music) that engages the community and moves the audience beyond a spectator role into active participant.
Gretchen Adracie // Jelly Fish, Artist in Residence
Luminary wizard and the woman who brought the buzz last year with her 9 queen bees, Gretchen Adracie, has created a mobile of giant floating white jellyfish to bounce above the crowd. Gretchen has also been the artist in residence hosted by our generous sponsors, Arbor Networks. She taught art-making workshops to Arbor employees for the month of March. Gretchen also is an artist instructor at our Sunday Luminary Workshops.
Scott Wedemeyer // Outer/Inner Space
Department of Foolishness
Department of Foolish Certification // Magic Carpet Theatre
The Department of Foolishness Naturalization and Documentation Branch interrogates and examines all applicants to be certain that they qualify. This Department of Foolishness certifies, through a series of processes, to clarify and verify that they have made an official fool of themselves.
Magic Carpet Theatre has been delighting audiences with their unique style of theatre for over twenty-five years. Their mission is to inspire imaginations and promote literacy by bringing top quality literature to life. Magic Carpet Theatre has touched the hearts of over 200,000 – performing in schools, libraries, churches and events all over the state. Learn more at their website!
Department of 5-7-5 // Lilly & Luke
Illuminatus Lasers // Mike Gould + Team
For their 6th visit to the revelry, this laser troupe will be featuring LaserDance: where you can dance and have your body’s outline painted on the sides of buildings with wispy swirls of colorful lumia.
Mike Gould is the designer, fabricator, and guiding light of our efforts, but depends on a bold and daring bunch of friends who help out with the electronics and video, publicize the events, and set up, fire up, tear down, and haul around the gear necessary for all this. Mike would like to thank them all ever so very much. For more information, visit their website!
Wayne Gillis: Co-Founder, Chief Engineer
Zita Gillis: Logistics, PR
Steve Rich: Legal counsel, consigliere and transportation specialist
Draco: Electronics, crew
Bob Snyder: Lasers, crew
Tim Prosser: crew
Ken Kozora: Music composer, crew
Tom Bray: AV, Web, production director
Krunal Desai: Rocket Scientist, digital engineer
Patrick Elkins // Shadow Puppets
It wouldn’t be FoolMoon without our shadow puppet master, Patrick Elkins! Patrick and friends will be giving light to a foolish collection of shadow puppet beasts wandering throughout the crowd and bouncing off of buildings. He has also created a secret and shadowy installation tucked inside an alley at FoolMoon.
Ann Arbor District Library
The Ann Arbor District Library will be making a BIG splash at FestiFools with their BIG fish puppet and individual costumes created at their community workshops! Also, join the AADL in their annual lighted, silly-satellite, tent at FoolMoon! Don’t forget to hashtag #FoolMoon2018 so that your photos can be live streamed to the Library’s Instagram Projection Wall!
Immediately following the event, Mindful City will practice peacefool mediation in the middle of Main Street. All are welcome to join!
Mindful City Ann Arbor is passionate about collaborating with businesses and organizations to bring mindfulness practice to our community. Mindfulness simply means being in the present moment: paying attention without judging what we are noticing. As we practice, we also invite an attitude of kindness and friendliness to our experience and in some very specific cases, we invite foolishness. Mindful City’s projects to date include collaborations with WonderFool Productions, The Ark, The Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room, Bryant Community Center, and the Main Street Area Association.
Ypsilanti District Library
The Ypsilanti District Library youth have created a light-filled, human-powered dragon that will lead the Kerrytown Luminary Processional. Transportation provided by our sponsors Arbor Networks.
Ann Arbor Art Center
During the Art Center’s Spring Break workshops, local artist Claudia Settle worked with students to build a spectacular creation. A school of fish lanterns will be coming from the Ann Arbor Art Center’s community drop-in workshop.
Claudia Selene studied 19th Century practices of French academic artists at the Ravenswood Atelier in Chicago. Over the past ten years, she exhibited and taught art in Chicago, Michigan and Arizona. Her background in neuroscience helped her develop exercises that make realistic drawing and painting possible not just for the “talented” but for everyone who appreciates the magic enough to put in the effort. She won the Michigan Award at the 2013 All Media Exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center.
Stephen Kerr // T-Shirt Designer
Designer of the 2018 T-shirt: “Fool Me Twice”!
Stephen is a local artist who works at the Yourist Studio Gallery. He taught art and elementary education for more than 30 years in Saline. Stephen has an identical twin brother and at times we have FOOLED a number of people.
University of Michigan’s favorite guerilla art group, D/ART, is at it again this year but instead of bubble wrap, they will be creating an interactive glowing installation out of neon fishing line!
For the second year, Karma Dance, a local troupe of belly dancers will be performing in illuminated costumes throughout the evening at FoolMoon and with their finger symbols and colorful costumes at FestiFools.
Ann Arbor Hands on Museum
Once again, Spring Break Campers at the Hands On Museum will make some spectacularly colorfool puppets for FestiFools 2018!