UICA produces holiday artists market


The UICA Holiday Artists Market features dozens of artists, as well as live music and food and beverage vendors. Courtesy UICA

An arts organization is producing its holiday artists market this weekend.

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, or UICA, will welcome the work of 60 artists from the region for the event this Friday and Saturday in Grand Rapids at Steelcase Town Hall, at 901 44th St. SE.

The market

UICA expects more than 3,500 shoppers during the 27th-annual event, which is free.

Participating vendors have been curated by UICA and will be selling a range of items: jewelry and wearable designs, home goods, fine art, holiday cards, leather goods, toys and more.

“UICA nurtures and supports working artists and West Michigan,” said Katie Zychowski, marketing and communications coordinator, UICA.

Zychowski added that the market gives artists the “opportunity to sell their work to a community that values shopping locally.”

Local food and beverage vendors will be on site throughout the weekend as well.

The weekend event also features art-making activities for all ages, a gift-wrapping station and live musical entertainment by carolers from Grand Rapids’ City High Middle School.


UICA members will be given early access, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, with doors opening to the public at 6 p.m. The market will close on Friday night at 9 p.m. and then run on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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