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Artist speaks of excitement for Art.Downtown.

This event is designed to be both inclusive and approachable, making sure there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Artist from previous Art.Downtown.

Artist from previous Art.Downtown. /courtesy of Avenue for the Arts

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Art.Downtown. is Here!

This Friday, Art.Downtown celebrates five years of collaboration between local artists and the Grand Rapids community. This year is shaping up to be its best, bringing together some 400 artists in over 40 different locations throughout the city.

This Friday, Art.Downtown celebrates five years of collaboration between local artists and the Grand Rapids community. This year is shaping up to be its best, bringing together some 400 artists in over 40 different locations throughout the city.

With so many new artists showing in unique spaces, there is a lot of excitement surrounding the night. Derek Reed, an artist showing his pieces at The Rockwell, shared his enthusiasm for the event

“It’s nice to see downtown come alive," says Reed."Some hustle and bustle after a long winter held up inside. It’s a wonderful opportunity, for me and the other artists, to show in condensed spaces. There’s a huge variety.”

Thanks to the numerous volunteers, curators, businesses and artists, some 4,000 attendees can expect an evening of expansive diversity. Just don’t expect uptight, exclusive or snobby. This event is designed to be both inclusive and approachable, making sure there is something for everyone to enjoy. And because there is so much to see, three trolleys are available for easy travel and will be running through several locations throughout the city. No need to miss a beat.

Art.Downtown will take place April 12 from 6 p.m.- 11 p.m. For more information on The Avenue for the Arts, go to avenueforthearts.com. Art.Downtown. information can be found at artdowntowngr.com for all artists, curators, documenters, sites, volunteers and visitors. The full map of the event can be found here. Interested in being a part of this big event? Volunteer information can be found at the Art.Downtown. website.

 

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