ahFest HOPE Growers reception to be held

Our entire county is invited to an evening celebrating HOPE across Muskegon, hosted by ahFest (Muskegon Arts and Humanities Festival), an informal arts-council style collaboration consisting of 14 members from music and museums to art, theatre, film, humanities, radio, tourism and more.

The event is free to the public, with no need to reserve space. Come for five minutes or for the entire evening.

Light snacks, a cash bar and live music will be the backdrop for several engaging Hope Grower presentations from Muskegon County residents who are finding and growing HOPE in their own backyards.

It will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Oct. 10 at The Block in downtown Muskegon, 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd Floor. Visit http://www.ahfest.org/ for more,

The Muskegon Area Arts & Humanities Festival (ahFest) joins hundreds of arts and humanities organizations and communities across the nation in celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month throughout October. The Festival brings awareness of the arts and humanities to the people of our community through activities that honor the efforts of artists, historians, and cultural groups working to make the arts and humanities a part of everyday life. Hope is the theme for this year's ahFest.

From Foley Schuler's essay on HOPE: “It is, the poet tells us, a thing with feathers. For something that ‘dies last’—and ‘springs eternal’—it is often exceedingly hard to find. Yet, there it is, in the most surprising places. Utter darkness and despair is where it is usually born. To live, it needs to be needed. When Pandora opened the infamous forbidden box that now bears her name, she unwittingly unleashed a multitude of harmful spirits upon humankind. They scattered far and wide, searching for souls to torment, inflicting plagues, disease and illness on the world—sowing the seeds of greed, envy, hatred, mistrust, sorrow, anger, revenge, lust, and all manner of despair along the way. Yet it was waiting patiently in there as well – a healing spirit named Hope. It lies at the heart of all human aspirations. Indeed, it is the lifeblood of any revolution, of all striving for human and civil rights—and just what gets us out of bed in the morning ... and through the day, not to mention the long night.”

ahFest members include Hackley Public Library, Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts, ArtCats Gallery, Muskegon Area Intermediate School District, and many more.
Now, what do you hope for?