400 Artists, 38 Destinations, 3 Trolleys, 1 Night
Launching into its fifth year, this gallery, studio and shop hop will feature several hundred artists, showing in galleries, businesses and studio spaces in downtown Grand Rapids. Visitors from all over west Michigan will ride trolleys, view art and explore culture together. Come experience the work of over 300 local artists in more than 30 downtown locations for Art.Downtown. This one night event is the perfect opportunity to visit the art galleries, restaurants and shops that make downtown Grand Rapids so exceptional. Whether its family night or a casual hang out with friends, Art.Downtown. has something for everyone! As always, Art.Downtown. is a free event, so save the date and spread the news!
The night of the event Grand Rapids Trolley is providing free trolleys to transport you throughout the Heartside district. Maps and volunteers will be available to help guide you to the various shops, studios, galleries, restaurants and parking locations, and visitors to Art.Downtown. will be able to meet and speak with local artists about their work. Come join in the excitement and see what our Downtown Grand Rapids art community has to offer!
What do visitors like about Art.Downtown.?
“ The trolley. The Art. The people. Downtown alive!”
“The local artist focus and the synergy of multiple institutions, galleries and artists showing at the same time.”
“The participation of several facilities. It was nice to view not
just different artist’s work, but to also get a completely different feel in the environment and space that it was shown. The energy was very good with all the people out and about, it successfully got people outside and doing something new and different.”
Avenue for the Arts would like to share our BIG thank you to
Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University (KCAD)
for continued sponsorship for Art.Downtown.
NEW Learning Lab Team: Kate Garman, Leah Burke, Lauren Cummings, and Elizabeth Hertl*
Art.Downtown. is organized by a team of volunteers whose expertise include, event and volunteer management, graphic design, promotions and administration. Administrative responsibilities will be overseen by Dwelling Place’s Neighborhood Revitalization Department staff. Dwelling Place is excited to continue supporting the Avenue for the Arts and Art. Downtown. through a provision of technical support as the Avenue continues its dedication to creating accessible community events that feature the vibrancy of the businesses, art, and culture in Grand Rapids.
We host 8 open planning meetings to plan the event and make connections. Find our complete planning schedule here.
*Learn about our Learning Lab team by reading their bios below.
Hi! I’m Kate Garman. I’m fresh out of Grand Valley’s Visual Studies BFA program. I’m currently dividing my time between interning with the Avenue as the Volunteer and Education Events Manager, as well as working at Grand Rapids Public Library as a book slave, or as they ‘technically’ call the position, a page. In the near future I’m curating a textiles show at GVSU, called Beyond Materials. I’m really interested in exploring textiles more in depth in the upcoming months.
Hello, I’m Leah Burke. I graduated from Grand Valley State University last year with a BFA in Visual Studies. My recent artwork uses installation and photography to examine how products are perceived by both laborers and consumers. I’m currently interning as the Promotions Coordinator for Avenue for the Arts while working as curator for the West Michigan Photography Collective LLC. I also work for the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids at Marywood.
Hello there, I’m Lauren Cummings! I am finishing up my final semester at Grand Valley State University and will be graduating in April with a B.F. A. in Art and Design with an Emphasis in Printmaking. I am filling my time by working on my senior show, interning as the Membership Coordinator for Art Downtown, participating in Change U through Grand Valley, and working away at Java City coffee shop. I am so excited about all of these experiences, opportunities and great people I will be working with over the next few months!!
I’m Elizabeth Hertl! I moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2005 to attend Aquinas College. After graduating with a BFA in painting in 2010, I started working with the exhibition center Cathedral Square for ArtPrize 2010 as assistant curator. I also worked at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in the Guest Services department. I have continued to work with Cathedral Square for ArtPrize 2010-2013, expanding my title to Co-curator in 2012 and then Curator and Communications Coordinator in 2013. I’m currently employed as the Assistant Events Coordinator for Downtown Grand Rapids Inc (DGRI). I’m looking forward to this new experience with Dwelling Place and Avenue for the Arts.
Who participates in Art.Downtown.?
Artist: A person who makes art or performance or things resembling art or performance.
Curator: A person who acts as facilitator for the install, display and take down of artwork at the venue.
**Assistant Curator**: A person who shadows the Curator to gain exposure to the curatorial process of selecting artwork/artists and preparing the exhibit. **NEW Role for 2014**
Update Avenue for the Arts membership form to include Art.Downtown. before March 1 (How to Apply)
Have a meeting with Curator to determine role in communicating with Artists, Documenters and Site etc.
Assist Curator during week of April 7-11 for gallery installation and de-installation (as decided per curator)
Documenter: A person who records the event or activates the space to connect audience members to artists and curators and/or creates a digital archive of the event.
Site: location for the display of artwork within an 8 block radius of the 100 Block of South Division.
Volunteer: helps to plan event, shares promotion material, hands out maps or acts as a trolley guide.
We are now accepting applications for Art Downtown 2014 event on Friday, April 11. To participate you must become a member; follow these 3 easy steps to complete your profile and become eligible.
For new Avenue for the Arts members:
For current Avenue for the Arts members:
2. To add a photo album of your artwork, scroll to top of the page and select Member photo albums. Click create album to upload your images.
3. To find an artist, curator, or documenter to fit your needs, click on the Who We Are tab at the top of the page, choose Advanced search and select categories as needed.
Visit our calendar for planning meetings dates and details.
* To participate as an artist, curator or documenter in Art.Downtown. you must become an Avenue for the Arts member. We also highly recommend sites become members.
Visit our calendar for planning meeting dates and details.
Artists, curators, documenters are welcome to attend an educational event on March 1 register here
Art.Downtown. 2014 event on Friday, April 11 from 6:00 pm-11:00 pm.
Get On Board with a Trolley Tour…
GRAM will be open for Art.Downtown. from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm. Admission price for guests participating in Art.Downtown. is $1. Our general admission price that evening will be $5 and admission is free for members.
Current shows on display:
The Art.Downtown. walking tour will be 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm.