Muse Fest to be held in the Square Saturday

Olivia Swenson-Hultz, Associate News Editor

The fourth annual Muse Fest will be held in the Charleston Square Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m..

Muse Fest is an arts and crafts festival that is hosted by CTF Illinois, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The art gallery and the craft store serve as a fundraiser and an integration opportunity.

“We just wanted to reach out to the community and show everyone’s talent,” Amanda Honn, the director of CTF said.

The festival will feature 30 different pre-registered vendors and several social service organizations. These include vendors selling arts and crafts, and local food vendors like Smoky’s Barbecue and The Hawaiian Ice Truck.

Regarding social service organizations, Sexual Assault Council and Information Service (SACIS), Camp New Hope and the Coles County Animal Shelter will be providing information to attendees.

The Coles County Animal Shelter will have some animals up for adoption as well, Honn said.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. a full music lineup will be featured on the corner by the Mac’s Uptowner. This will include musical artists, Ryan Hite, Jake Edwards, The Greyhounds and Jeremy T. Mcconaughey. Honn said the festival will give people who use CTF’s services the opportunity to manage the event’s spreadsheets, book the musicians, market their skills and sell art.

“CTF is one of the leading employers in Illinois and this festival is about integration and appreciation of people of all different skill sets,” Honn said.

The festival is also funded by The Charleston Tourism Board and The Coles County Arts Council.

Olivia Swenson-Hultz can be reached 581-2812 or [email protected]