Art.Downtown draws more than 4,000 attendees to Grand Rapids. Photo via youtube.com
More than 400 artists will have work on display at 42 locations in Grand Rapids tonight for the annual Art.Downtown.
The event will run from 6-11 p.m., and art will be exhibited at galleries, businesses and even artists’ personal studios.
The studio hop
Art.Downtown is one of the largest studio hops held in Grand Rapids and draws more than 4,000 attendees.
It began several years ago — and has always included non-traditional spaces like local businesses and restaurants to show artists’ work.
It also has been influential in helping to revitalize the Division Avenue corridor between Fulton and Wealthy streets, along with other Avenue of the Arts events.
Art.Downtown offers visitors the opportunity to get to know many of the local artists and their work.
Attendees who are looking for an enhanced experience can join the Grand Rapids Art Museum for $8-guided tours, which will include multiple sites and chances to speak with artists and curators about the work.
Three trolleys will be on hand throughout the night making regular stops at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Kendall College of Art and Design, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, The Avenue for the Arts, SiTE:LAB and Kendall College of Art and Design graduate studios.
Free maps will be available and volunteers will be manning the sidewalks to help art hoppers find their destinations.
Click the link beneath the map for an interactive listing of venues and trolley stops.
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