Woven Together: Threads All Arts Festival returns for 2018
The Threads All Arts Festival has finally been rescheduled. The second edition was originally set for August 2017 at the Ann Arbor Distilling Company, but when the city put a temporary kibosh on live events at the artisanal spirits space due to parking issues, Threads was called off. It took the U-M student-run festival a while to reorganize, but it has now found a home in Ypsilanti’s Historic Freighthouse and will present its rangy mix of live music, dance, film, poetry, and art on March 10-11.
The idea for Threads began in 2015 when Nicole Patrick (U-M 2016, percussion and jazz and contemporary improvisation) and her friends "wanted to find a way to share, with many people, all the amazing art they saw coming out of their friends and neighbors," they told Pulp contributor Anna Prushinskaya for piece meant to preview the 2017 edition.
But along with the break came a new mission statement that shows Threads has expanded its focus:
"In its second iteration, Threads aspires to curate an impactful experience that provides exposure for artists of all mediums. This work involves designing a space for artists and audiences to come together and share the quality and diversity of the southeastern Michigan creative community under one roof."
The now nine-strong core group that's organizing Threads made a big effort over the past six months to reach out to local businesses and organizations:
"In partnership with Taste the Local Difference, Threads will be a certified local food event with food, beer and coffee distributors involved throughout the festival. Other partners to Threads include: Ypsilanti’s Historic Freighthouse, Neutral Zone, University of Michigan EXCEL Lab, Center for World Performance Studies, and Residential College. More partnerships are in the works between Threads and Riverside Arts, Bright Futures, and The Music & Arts Guild of Ann Arbor - Ypsilanti."
Bolstered by a $10,000 award from U-M's EXCEL department, Threads will present 120 artists who have connections to Southeast Michigan. There will be two stages so the performances can occur with no long breaks between.
Announced participants so far include:
And Again Tomorrow
Ali Bey Quartet
Alvin Hill Media Ensemble
Aron Kaufman and the Dream Ensemble
Michael Malis / Nicole Patrick / Rafael Statin
Jeffery M. Nickels
Lena Oren and Meri Bobber
Ben Rolston's Brasfas
The Christopher Tabaczynski Ensemble