The fifth annual “Art.Downtown.”, happening tonight from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., will showcase the work of 450 artists spanning the entire length of downtown Grand Rapids. Sponsored by Avenue for the Arts, the free event will include 450 artists, 52 shows, and 35 different sites.
Event Coordinator, Liz Hertl, believes “Art.Downtown.” will be bigger this year than ever before.
“This is the largest ‘Art.Downtown.’ we’ve planned in its five year history,” she said. “Considering the large amount of people participating, we’re expecting 4,000 visitors.”
Attendees can explore by foot, or they can hop on one of the three available trolleys stopping at 10 different locations throughout the night.
“Art.Downtown is a great opportunity for a large variety of work to be seen. This year, in particular, we have several sites hosting performances, music ensembles, video work, and unique installations,” Hertl said.
Other than local artists, Grand Rapids Community College will also be participating not only as a venue, but many art students will be showcasing their art as well.
“We are really excited about having GRCC participate for a second year in a row,” said Hertl. “This showcase of student work and getting to see the interior gallery space is a great opportunity for visitors, artists, and families.”
For more information about “Art. Downtown.” go to avenueforthearts.com/artdowntown