When you invest in the ELAF – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises all of its own money – you directly support programs, events and activities that impact our community.

The East Lansing Art Festival (ELAF) is celebrating 54 years of art and culture in 2017 and is ranked 9th of over 4000 fine art festivals in the country.  The ELAF is managed by an all volunteer Board of Directors and two part-time paid staff people. 

This year more than ever, we will invest in our community -- and we’re counting on you to do the same.  An investment in the ELAF, from sponsors like you, enriches the Festival experience for everyone and strengthens local efforts around creative expression.

Your gift, no matter the size, will have a lasting impact on the ELAF and our community in 2017 and beyond. Your donation helps to support festival activities:

•       Over 30 free live musical performances featuring local and regional talent
•       Fun, educational art activities for kids and families
•       An Emerging Artists Program, which cultivates new talent and provides a opportunity for new artists to
•       Artist Demonstration Area that features local artists, poetry readings and workshops

The East Lansing Art Festival offers businesses of all sizes excellent local and regional exposure to the tens of thousands we reach through our promotional efforts, as well as the 70,000+ who attend this event.

Please carefully consider joining us to make this important event possible for the community. We thank you in advance for your support.


The ELAF offers a variety of ways for business and individuals to contribute. We are grateful for your support and in return would like to shower you with some goodies.  See them here.

Tiered Sponsorship is designed for businesses or corporations and offers a variety of giving levels.  Each level has unique "perks" associated with them.  Perks are designed to give the business exposure to 70,000 guests via the festival, i.e. web presence, on site signage.

Award Sponsorship is designed for both individuals and businesses.  Money raised under the award sponsorship goes directly to the award winning artists who are selected through an on-site jury process.  Cash awards and ribbons are awarded to winning artists at a special awards presentation.

Festival Friends is geared to individual art lovers who are interested in just supporting the festival.  The Festival Friends program also aims to provide an avenue for engagement, offering opportunities to meet other festival patrons.

In- kind sponsorship is designed for businesses that have resources or special skills to offer to the festival.  In-kind contribution examples include advertising, meals, printing, supplies, etc.

Unique Sponsorship OPPORTUNITIES

Do you have another sponsorship idea that is "out of the box"? Share your idea with us at info@elartfest.com.  See below for some inspiration.

Gold Level – $2500

Artist Awards Reception

ELAF hosts an Artist Awards Reception for all Artists.  The reception recognizes award winners from the on-site jury process, and is held at the East Lansing Marriott. Sponsor banner will be displayed at the reception.

Art Demonstration Area
Sponsor the art demonstration area that will feature local artists working on their current projects.  This gives festival goers the chance to see the creative process and also ask questions of artists. Sponsor Logo and a banner will be displayed in the art demonstration area.

Silver Level – $1500

Volunteer T-shirts
Sponsor the volunteer t-shirts and have your business logo included on each t-shirt given to our helping hands. 

Sponsor a Band
The ELAF offers festival goers three stages, 32 performances, of live FREE music. Sponsor banner will be displayed during the performance and will be acknowledged on stage.

Artist Kick-Start Breakfast
Sponsor the Artist Kick-Start Breakfast Saturday morning and help artists start the festival with energy.  Sponsor banner will displayed at the breakfast.

ELAF Tote Bag
Sponsor an ELAF Tote Bag that will be given to art buyers at the festival. Sponsor Logo will be printed on each tote bag (1000 bags printed)

Bronze Level – $500

Be the mug sponsor and have your business logo printed on our festival themed mug.  

Name Badge/Lanyards
Have your business logo printed on the lanyards given to staff and artists.

Water Bottles
Add some splash by having your business logo printed on individual water bottles that are given to artists and staff during the festival.