Elevate the Arts - Annual events & festivals in the city of Clawson
Clawson's Third Annual 
Arts and Authors Festival
September 6th on Main Street in front of the Blair Memorial Library! 
10am - 2pm
Now accepting submissions on our

2014 Entertainment by!!

FREE Face Painting!

Musical Performances by

Food by!!

2014 Arts & Authors List







Past events

Clawson's Second Annual 
Arts and Authors Festival
September 8th in City Park on Elmwood
10am - 2pm
Now accepting submissions on our
Musical performances by

We are running in conjunction with the farmers market this year!! Artists, authors, musician performances, children's reading and craft tent,and, of course, lots of food!!
Writing Contest Winner Announced!
AJ Rowe Author of 'Falsely Accused'
to be honored at the festival!
Volunteers will dress in a Pirate era theme
to  celebrate his book!
Q & A with the Author
What grade are you in?
I will be starting the 9 grade this fall.
Where do you attend school?
For grades K-8, I attended Guardian Angels Catholic School in Clawson.  This fall I will be starting at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School.
Do you have a favorite subject in school?
I have always loved Science and enjoy thinking-up far out technology and backing it up with a scientific explanation.
What kind of books do you like to read for fun?
The books I enjoy reading the most are fantasy fiction and sci-fi. 
When did you begin writing stories?
I have been writing my own stories since kindergarten.  I told my kindergarten teacher that I had always wanted to be a “book-maker”.  
Was there a particular author/book that inspired you to write?
I was inspired to take writing to the next level after reading the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini. I loved his work and he was an author at 18 years old!
Is this your first book/ do you have other projects you’re working on/ what else do you write about?
I have written this book and another one prior to it. I consider the first book more of a practice effort and am not sure if I will publish it or not.  I write about fantasy fiction mostly but would also like to try my hand at sci-fi.
Is anyone else in your family an author?
As far as I know, I am the only one. 
What is your favorite movie?
 I really enjoy all of the Star Trek series of TV shows and movies.  It’s a toss-up between Start Trek: Nemesis and Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.
What are some of your favorite things to do?
In addition to writing, I also enjoy drawing and robotics.
Do you have any hobbies?
Aside from writing, I enjoy collecting things such as Pokémon trading cards, Star Trek memorabilia and snow globes.  Legos are also still one of my favorites.
What would you like to be as an adult?

I have always enjoyed drawing and would like to be an architect along with continuing to pursue creative writing.
Clawson-based ‘Elevate the Arts will hold its annual ‘Arts and Authors’ Festival Sunday, August 26 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Hunter Community Center of Clawson MI located at 509 Fisher Court.
The event is family friendly and free to the public!  This year’s festival will house artists of all kinds, authors and children authors, crafters, and musical performances all from Michigan’s local creative community!  Kids’ activities will take place throughout the day. Budding artists and crafters will have the opportunity to create their own take-home works of art at the event, and Jerry will be there serving up his famous hotdogs!
Elevate the Arts
Matthew Ball
Article in the patch by Nicquel Terry 6/19/12
Clawson to Experience Arts With New Festival Committee
The Clawson community will soon experience a taste of the arts with the development of a new Arts & Culture Committee and an upcoming festival that features crafters, musicians, authors and more.
Mayor Penny Luebs is working with community members to plan an Arts & Authors Festival on Aug. 26 at the Hunter Community Center. 
Luebs said the festival will be the first of its kind in Clawson and will help achieve her goal of bringing more arts and culture to the city.
"I think it will expose more people to different recreational and pleasurable avenues in their life," Luebs said. "I had quite a few residents reporting they’d like to have more art in Clawson."
The festival is one of many initiatives the arts & culture committee will organize, the mayor said. Other plans include placing recycled artistic doors at Clawson parks, hanging artwork by local artists in city buildings and hosting concerts at City Park.
"We have so many talented people in Clawson and I’d like to showcase that," Luebs said.
The festival
Clawson residents Lisa and Matt Ball are taking the lead role in planning the Arts & Authors Festival. The couple has spent the last decade traveling to festivals and art shows all over the country to showcase their work and wanted to bring that experience to Clawson. Matt is a "boogie-woogie" pianist and Lisa is a published author.
"Arts and culture are a way that you can brand a city and uplift the community," Matt Ball said. "There’s a vacuum for it in Clawson. Right now the closest thing it has to a festival is the Farmers Market."
Matt Ball said he hopes to have at least 40-50 vendors at the festival, which will be privately funded by the couple's initiative Elevate the Arts.
Musicians, artists and authors from all over Michigan are showing interest in the Arts & Authors Festival, Ball said. The free event will be family friendly with activities, clay and glass work, jewelry, book reading time and live music.
"Our goal is to have as wide and experienced of the arts as possible," Matt Ball said, adding that he hopes to make this an annual event for Clawson.
Clawson resident Lissa Mann said the festival will be an opportunity to showcase talent that is different from what the community sees at the Christmas Craft Show or Leon & Lulu Artists Markets.
"I think its great, personally," said Mann, who enjoys painting and making jewelry as hobbies. "We’ve had the opportunity for businesses like Leon & Lulu to grow and now this is a hands-on approach."
How to get involved
The Arts & Culture Committee is still in its beginning stages and members met for the first time Thursday. She said she hopes the committee will soon make some of the plans concrete and assess its needs. Anyone interested in joining the committee can contact Mayor Luebs at pennycplr@aol.com
The festival will accept submissions (see below for guidelines) from local artists, authors, crafters and musicians through July 10.
Now accepting submissions: artists, crafters, authors, musicians!
Elevate the Arts will hold its annual Arts and Authors Festival this Sunday, August 26th 2012 from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Hunter Community Center located at 509 Fisher Court, Clawson, MI, 48017.  The event is Free and open to the public.  
   Submission Guidelines:   
This event will be highlighted in the
hitting newsstands June 13 and is receiving support
“Clawson Arts & Authors Festival brings family arts, literature, and music to the community!”
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