About WITA (aka “Circe”)

The Women in the Arts Festival (WITA) is a celebration of regional women artists that takes place during the second weekend of November each year in East Lansing, Michigan.


A typical festival begins on Friday evening with dinner at the Sistrum Café, shopping in the Artist Market and a concert event. We gather again on Saturday morning for more music, workshops, poetry, shopping, dining and socializing into the evening.  2020, however, is not a typical year!  Many of the events are being reimagined in a virtual format. 

 This festival is an important commitment women make each year to renew our support for women artists and musicians.

 WITA is a volunteer-run organization with a commitment to supporting women in their creative pursuits and the goal of creating space for women to showcase their talents.


Behind the Scenes – The WITA Organizing Committee

A small team of volunteer community-lovin’ go-getters gather around a table throughout the year to make this magic happen.

  • Alicia Bleil — Technical set up aficionado
  • Susan Frazier – Purveyor of performances and PR maven
  • Julie Haan – Chief cat herder and connector of dots
  • Juanita Kennedy – MC extraordinaire and chief of optimism
  • Val Osowski – Ad sales wrangler and WITA scribe
  • Kate Peterson — WITA website diva and print design goddess
  • Abby Wattenberg – Artist Market empress and ring leader