Electric Forest (EF) has revealed the return of its slate of fan participation opportunities, known as Plug In Programs, for the sold-out music and arts festival from June 23-26, 2022 in Rothbury, MI.
Heralded for fully embracing the possibilities of an engaged festival community, Electric Forest’s Plug In Programs deliberately blur the line between event organizers and attendees. With over 16 programs designed to build community and encourage collaboration with EF’s production teams, the 2022 Plug In Program offers a variety of ways for fans to contribute, participate in, and ultimately help shape the Electric Forest experience, while earning wristbands to the sold-out festival.
The different avenues that fans can take to Plug In to EF2022 are vast, with opportunities for designers, artists, musicians, content creators, builders, teachers, party planners, movement-based performers, dreamers, imaginators, and everything in between.
Often described as “magical,” “whimsical,” and “inspiring,” Electric Forest’s art installations are integral to the EF experience. The Art Installation Sponsorship Program, now in its 9th year, is an opportunity for artists to contribute to an unforgettable environment. Artists can submit their wildest and most ambitious Art Installation ideas for a chance to build and display their work at Electric Forest. If selected, the artist and their team receive a grant to help make their vision a reality, working credentials to the festival, and are provided support, resources, and guidance from the Electric Forest production team.
The Brainery Workshops invite passionate minds with teachable skills to connect with their fellow Forest Family by sharing their knowledge through workshops during the festival. Instructors are encouraged to apply and will be awarded with wristbands to the festival, a featured workshop, and more. Previous Brainery Workshops have included different forms of meditation practices, beatboxing classes, dance and art workshops, a Pride Parade celebrating inclusivity and love in the EF community, and much more.
Re-imagined in 2022 is the UnMEDIAted Creator Incubator. Perfect for all types of creators - from photographers and videographers, to TikTokers, YouTubers, Twitch all-stars, digital artists, podcasters, and more - the UnMEDIAted Creator Incubator is the place for storytelling and collaboration. Creators who submit winning proposals will receive working wristbands to the festival, land a spot on the official EF Creative Media team, and work with and alongside fellow creatives to tell the ultimate EF stories.
The Wish Machine, which was first introduced in 2018, invites fans to commit to spreading positivity throughout the year. In return, EF HQ rewards a lucky handful by supporting their wildest Electric Forest dreams coming true. To date, over 7,000 wishes have been submitted to The Wish Machine, with a collective 8,500+ volunteer hours pledged across 5 continents and all 50 states, and over $300,000 offered to community improvements and charities around the world. In return, EF has granted a variety of wishes to the Forest Family, including one-of-a-kind on-site experiences, performance slots, festival wristbands, and much more. Learn about past wishes granted here, and submit to the EF2022 Wish Machine here.
The Art Installation Sponsorship, Brainery Workshops, UnMEDIAted Creator Incubator, and Wish Machine are just a selection of the Plug In Program’s offerings. Additional programs that are currently accepting submissions include: The Sticker Design Contest, The Movement Performer Plug In, Chapel Parties for the People, Prize Cart Remix Contest, and the FanStaff Program. More programs will open soon, and will be announced here, or join the new Electric Forest Plug In Facebook group to connect with others who want to Plug In and stay up to date with further program announcements.