EcoArtFest celebrates cultural awareness of Missouri River region

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 | 5:30 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The banks of the Missouri River will hold the sixth annual EcoArtFest at 2 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18 at Cooper's Landing. There will be no cost of admission.

Missouri River Cultural Conservancy organized the event. 

“Right now we have around 20 vendors included in the program but we have room for up to 28,” Liz Mitchell, coordinator of the EcoArtFest, said.

Festival-goers will have the chance to enjoy local music. Local artists will also exhibit and sell their products. 

The Missouri River Relief has collaborated with the festival since its beginning. This year, they will provide several boats for the two-day festival in order to clean up the river. Anyone attending the event will be able to get involved.

“The difference of this year over previous years is the growing diversity of our vendors," Mitchell said. "The first couple of years, we primarily had artists and non-profit groups such as River Relief and MRCN (Missouri River Communities Network). Now, we have local businesses that provide environmentally sound services to our community."

The main goal of the festival is to help report the mission of Missouri River Cultural Conservancy, said Anna Kierah, secretary of the conservancy..

According to their website, the conservancy's objective is to “document, record, archive and foster awareness of the unique history and culture of the Central Missouri River Region.” In order to achieve this goal, the festival will be video recorded.

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