Mississippi Earthtones Festival 2019 Public Art Registration Form
Dear Friend of the Mississippi,

The Sierra Club and Alton Main Street, Inc., are seeking local community artists for the 13th Annual Mississippi Earthtones Festival to be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 on Broadway, between Easton and Langdon Streets. Local artists of all types are needed to fill the grounds with beauty and creativity, while enhancing the festival for visitors through interactive art experiences. Organizers are specifically seeking street artists and makers of products from upcycled and natural materials. The Sierra Club is offering grants up to $200 for five artists to build large art installations throughout the grounds. This year’s theme is Time ~ We're All On River Time!

The MEF is our area’s premier showcase for nature & conservation based groups and eco-friendly businesses. We are also putting the spotlight on local sustainable artists at this environmentally themed event! We will be advertising and generating coverage through regional media, so we expect thousands of people to attend this 13th annual event from Noon-10pm.

You will need to transport and set up your piece the morning of the MEF. Set up is from 10am-11:30am.

Please fill out this form and request to be considered.

Email address *
Business Name
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Contact Name *
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Street Address *
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City *
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State *
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Zip Code *
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Phone Number *
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Website / Facebook Page
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Art Description. Please include the types of media and a brief description with how it is interactive: *
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Project Goals: what are you trying to convey to the audience? How is this representing time? *
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What is the projected size of your art piece? Please include dimensions.
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Please select your utility requirements: *
Are there any special needs for the project?
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What ongoing and future maintenance will be required? Please list specifics.
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Please select which time frame you will commit to having your art set up:
Please choose what timeframe you'll have the art at MEF:
Please list your budget estimate and breakdown of known costs:
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What other funding will you be using - even if it is just by the applicant, if any?:
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Please list any supplemental information that would help the committee understand your art piece/project:
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If you sell or raffle off your art work, you must give MEF 25% of the proceeds to help continue this program next year. *
FESTIVAL DESCRIPTION: The Festival is part of a larger statewide celebration, the It’s Our River Day, started by then-Lt. Governor Pat Quinn, in 2007. The goal of this day is to promote education, recreation, and conservation regarding our state’s waterways. The Alton event is being presented by Alton Main Street and the Sierra Club, featuring over 50 vendors & exhibitors, and attracting thousands of people. It is the principal destination in our area to learn about environmental issues and solutions in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere of celebration. Live entertainment, local food & beer, and hands on activities are also an important part of the festival. A Mississippi River Clean Up will occur the following Saturday, on September 28th at 9am.

WHO ATTENDS: A diverse population of young and old with lot of families who seek GREEN information and fun, while listening to live music by the river! We also draw many who are new to the green movement making the Festival an ideal setting to promote your product or service.

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY: Vendors are strongly encouraged to offer products and services that are in keeping with the environmental spirit of It’s Our River Day and the Mississippi Earthtones Festival.
A. “Green" products: as not to aid any company in "green-washing" their product or service we have come up with these quality control stipulations that your product must encompass one or more of the following:
- A product that is bio-degradable, organic, locally-made, or uses all-natural ingredients
- A product or service that results in significant energy savings
- Handcrafted items using recycled, up-cycled, or reclaimed components
- Informational booths relating to water quality issues, native plants & animals, environmental activism

B. Help reduce your environmental impact by minimizing the number of printed materials and by collecting email addresses for future electronic (paperless) promotion

The 2019 Festival will feature zones that better serve both the vendor and the public by grouping vendors and activities together who will depart at the same time.

Art Zone, Kid Zone, Adult Eco-Zone, Food & Beverage Zone

1. Festival held rain or shine - VENDOR FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
7. Mississippi Earthtones Festival committee reserves the right not to accept vendors that are incompatible with our mission: a full refund will be issued if registration is not accepted
8. Vendor slot consists of a 10 x 10 space; no tables, chairs, or tents are provided
9. All vendor activities must be confined to allotted space: adjacent booth spaces are available for an additional fee
10. ALL TENTS MUST BE SECURED FOR SAFETY REASONS – acceptable methods of weighting your tent include: Sand bags, cinder blocks or water ballasts tied to tent structure
11. Each vendor is responsible for his/her booth and all items in it
12. Booths must be ready to open by 12pm and remain open until either, 6 or 10pm
13. Vendors must comply with the rules & regulations of the City of Alton

Draft Schedule*
10:30am-12pm Booth Set Up
11:45pm Alton Fire Dept. inspection
12pm Festival Opens
12pm Passport stamp collecting commences
12:30 Recycled Fashion Contest
12:00-10:00pm Live Music
4:30 Conservation Leadership Awards
6:00 First tier of vendors/exhibitors can leave
10:00 Festival ends; all remaining vendors/exhibitors can leave
*subject to change as committee deems necessary

Please confirm that you have read and will abide by the festival's Green Rules & Regulations *
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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