Art comes alive at downtown event

Avenue for the Arts sign

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Over the past five years, ArtPrize has brought huge crowds to Grand Rapids, capturing the attention of artists and art lovers from all over the world. But you don’t have to wait until fall to get your art fix. An international festival is making its U.S. debut this week.

Art.Downtown. is a one-night event that takes place from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, April 10. More than 400 artists will take over nearly 40 sites for the city-wide event that focuses on local artists in the community. Galleries, businesses, and studio spaces will showcase works of art, along with artists and musicians performing in some unexpected places. You can meet and speak with artists, curators, and shop owners throughout the event.

Art.Downtown. will expand from the Avenue for the Arts corridor in the Heartside Neighborhood to Kendall College of Art and Design and DeVos Place into central downtown.

The Grand Rapids Art Museum is participating by staying open late on Friday. The GRAM is one of the featured stops of the evening, showcasing the “Art of the Lived Experiment,” which kicks off the DisArt Festival. The museum will be open free for members and Art.Downtown. participants from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Grand Rapids Trolley will provide free transportation to all the major areas of Art.Downtown. There will be volunteers and maps throughout the area to help guide you to locations.

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