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Art.Downtown. Returns with Two Great Events

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Art.Downtown., presented by Avenue for the Arts, returns for it's fifth year! Mark your calendars for the education event, Break it Down, Make it Better on March 1st and Art.Downtown. on April 11th
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Event Info

What: Break it Down, Make it Better

Who: Avenue for the Arts

Where: UICA

When: March 1 from 9:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


What: Art.Downtown.

Who: Avenue for the Arts

Where: Downtown Grand Rapids

When: April 11 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Art.Downtown. celebrates its five year anniversary in 2014 with two up coming events! Art. Downtown. is on Friday, April 11 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Avenue for the Arts is offering free admission to participants for the education event, "Break it Down. Make it Better."

"Break it Down. Make it Better." is an all day event at the UICA which will offer classes and panel discussions led by local artists, curators and professionals. They cover a wide range of topics including how to promote yourself as an artist and discussing the various ways that curators express their creative vision.

“I’m excited to see the Curating Across Disciplines discussion, moderated by Kevin Buist of ArtPrize,” says Kate Garman, Educational Events Coordinator for Avenue for the Arts. “It will be interesting to hear about different types of curated spaces such as Marlee Hanson’s Have Company and what Bill Holsinger Robinson of TEDx GR is doing.”

Break it Down, Make it Better is a fantastic way to gear up for Art.Downtown. because it features artists, curators and documenters that are doing exciting things in the community year round. This event is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on March 1 at the UICA and lunch will be provided. March 1 is also the last day to register to be an artist, curator, documenter or site for Art.Downtown. Register online at or resgister during Break it Down, Make it Better at the registration table.

Haven’t attended Art.Downtown. before? Make 2014 the year to do it! 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 it’s 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. Throughout the event, visitors of 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!

Stay updated on Art.Downtown. news by attending bi-weekly planning meetings and check out the website, Follow Avenue for the Arts on Twitter @avefortheartsGR and join the conversation by using #Artdowntown. Also, connect with Avenue for the Arts on Facebook for Art.Downtown. updates and special event postings!

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