Art Under the Elms

News Release

LC State to bring back annual Art Under the Elms

LEWISTON, Idaho – Lewis-Clark State College’s Center for Arts & History announced registration for participating artists for the 36th annual Art Under the Elms, which will take place on campus on April 22-24.

Art Under the Elms is a three-day art/artisan fair and all proceeds from the event support the Center’s programming through exhibitions, public programs, and arts education initiatives.

The event is held during the month-long Dogwood Festival, a community celebration named after the Dogwood tree, which regularly blooms in April in the Lewis-Clark Valley. Various organizations in the Valley plan events during the month. Art Under the Elms is the college’s contribution to the festival.

After a two-year absence because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Art Under the Elms returns with an emphasis on the educational value of the arts. The event will include an arts marketplace, performances of dance, music, and theater, artist demonstrations, and food trucks.

This year’s Art Under the Elms will have free admission all three days and will include an emerging artist exhibition space as part of the Center’s commitment to making the arts more inclusive and accessible.

Art Under the Elms will be the same weekend as the college’s Family Weekend, which draws families and friends of current LC State students as well as alumni to the college.

There are several opportunities to participate in the event. To apply for an art/artisan vendor booth, the fee is $35 and the online application deadline is Feb. 14. The other online applications available, with no fee attached, include emerging artist program, performance art (music, dance, interactive art, etc.), artist demonstrations/workshops, and food vendor. Organizers are also accepting applications for volunteers to work at the event. Registration links are also listed on the Art Under the Elms webpage:

“After having to cancel this event the past two years due to the pandemic, we are excited to bring back Art Under the Elms,” said Emily Johnsen, the director for the Center. “Now managed by the Center for Arts & History, we have made some changes to the event to reflect the Center’s non-profit mission. Folks will no longer be charged admission to attend. We have also created opportunities for emerging artists to participate as many were likely impacted by the effects of COVID so early in their careers. Our goal is to provide the community with enriching and educational arts programs while also supporting and promoting artists across the region.”

For more information on the event, contact Johnsen at either [email protected] or 208-792-2447.

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Art Under the Elms

Art Under the Elms is a three-day art/artisan fair presented by Lewis-Clark State College’s Center for Arts & History, a nonprofit organization focused on engaging audiences through the arts and humanities.