Events



Upcoming events

    • 02 Sep 2016
    • (EDT)
    • 05 Oct 2018
    • (EDT)
    • 25 sessions
    • 100 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    On the first Friday of every month, South Division Ave becomes the ultimate destination to find artwork by local artists, handmade goods, and food and drink specials. This monthly event is a unique opportunity to check out new events and features at shops, galleries and eateries in the rapidly evolving South Division Corridor. First Friday events include drink specials, exhibition receptions, holiday sales, and student artwork on view. This event attracts downtown residents, as well as friends and supporters from surrounding neighborhoods and suburbs into downtown Grand Rapids; creating and strengthening community and commerce.

    • 04 Jan 2017
    • 06 Dec 2017
    • 12 sessions
    • 307 South Division Avenue, Grand Rapids Mi, 49503

    Open Studio Night is a gathering sponsored by the Calvin College Art Department. This event is open to any artist, creator, or maker. We meet the first Wednesday of the month to discuss, explore, and participate in art-making together. Bring yourself and bring a current project, handcraft, or artwork. snacks and conversation provided! 


    Facilitated by Paula Manni, Questions? Contact Paula directly at pcm2@calvin.edu. 

    • 11 Jan 2017
    • 13 Dec 2017
    • 12 sessions
    • 307 South Division Grand Rapids Mi 49503

    Each month the Avenue for the Arts Advisory Committee oversees new and upcoming events and evaluates opportunities for community engagement in an open meeting.

    If you would like to be added to the email list for Advisory Committee meetings please email Jenn at Jschaub@dwellingplacegr.or g. Meetings are open for anyone to attend. 

    The Advisory Committee is here to provide a forum for this community, to share and discuss innovation and events past and present.

    • 28 Jun 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 307 South Division

    Join us for a walk down the Avenue and a behind the scenes look at Women run businesses along the South Division cooridor. This relaxed walk is a great way to meet businesses owners, shop, connect and have fun! 

    • 06 Jul 2017
    • 02 Nov 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • 307 South Division

    Each month a new curator brings a fresh perspective to the Avenue for the Arts [Gallery] Space featuring an exhibition featuring local artists. Stop in between 6-9pm during First Fridays hours to check out new works!  Featured artists and more information on Facebook! 


    • 19 Jul 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 307 South Division

    Join us for a highly informative panel discussion about the graphic novel industry. Award winning graphic novelist Kenny Porter and Detroit-based illustrator Jim Towe will lead an informative inside look into this ever-expanding artistic field. This panel is designed to benefit those involved in the comics business, those who want to create and publish, and those who don’t know how to get started. From publishing opportunities to building a following and breaking into the scene we will dig into the process and potential of graphic novels.

    • 26 Jul 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 307 South Division

    Join us for a roundtable discussion about applying to and fundraising for artist and writer residencies. Featuring local artists and writers, this approachable roundtable will cover topics such as: How artist and writers can benefit residencies, when to apply, how to apply, and how to raise funds to get you to the residency. An open dialogue with panelists,  audience members will be invited to contribute experiences and questions.  This event is a collaboration between ArtPrize and Artprize and is free and open to the public, but you must register to save your seat!

    • 04 Aug 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 106 South Division

    Do you want to be an art vendor during our August outdoor Market event? Register and we will save you a spot. 

    Free for Avenue for the Arts Members and $35 for non members. Can't wait to see you there! 

    • 04 Aug 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    Join us for a tour of hidden downtown gardens on August 4th! Featuring 4 Dwelling Place resident run gardens, tour participants will actively learn about urban gardening, meet resident gardeners and have the opportunity to get their hands dirty! Part of the August First Fridays, this tour will end at the Neighborhood Happy Hour for libations and live music.

    We have two different tour times but you must RSVP to save your spot. Tour departs from 120 South Division, at 5:30pm and 7pm. RSVP by clicking on “tickets” or calling (616) 855-0401.

    Tour is free, suggested $5 donations but spots are limited, please RSVP today. On street parking available or visit the Avenueforthearts.com for alternative transportation options.


    • 16 Aug 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 307 South Division

    Are you an artist looking to have your work published? Literary journals are an untapped niche market with the potential to help artists and writers to grow audiences, strengthen published portfolios,  develop relationships with publications and expand their connections in the publishing world. Join us for a workshop led by Laura Citino, editor of literature and arts magazine Sundog Lit, to discuss the ins and outs of the publishing business, and how to choose journals to submit to, as well as how to recognize where and when your aesthetic fits into a journal. This event is free and open to the public, but you must register to save your seat!

Past events

21 Jun 2017 Workshop Wednesdays: Make Your Own Zine!
01 Jun 2017 Marketing Bootcamp
17 May 2017 OPEN
19 Apr 2017 OPEN: Happy Hour for Creatives/ Art.Downtown
08 Apr 2017 Art.Downtown
15 Mar 2017 OPEN:Rube Goldberg Machine Workshop
25 Feb 2017 Break it Down. Make it Better.
15 Feb 2017 OPEN: Pottery Night at Heartside Gallery + Studio
15 Feb 2017 ArtPrize Discussion for S. Division Venues: Avenue for the Arts Business Owners and Nonprofit Manager Breakfast
26 Jan 2017 Doing Business Class 2017
25 Jan 2017 Avenue for the Arts Business Owners and Nonprofit Manager Luncheon
18 Jan 2017 OPEN Life Drawing
05 Dec 2016 OPEN: Holiday Card Potluck
17 Nov 2016 OPEN: How To Always Be Seeking
03 Nov 2016 OPEN: Happy Hour For Creatives
20 Oct 2016 OPEN: Life Drawing
08 Oct 2016 Marketing for Artists Class
08 Sep 2016 Avenue for the Arts Business Owners and Nonprofit Managers Luncheon
06 Sep 2016 Get Gallery Ready : Building a Artist/Gallery Relationship
05 Aug 2016 First Friday: August + Market
05 Aug 2016 Neighborhood Happy Hour Ticket Bundle
16 Jun 2016 Tour of Avenue for the Arts Women Owned Businesses
03 Jun 2016 First Friday: June + Market
24 May 2016 Avenue Business Owner and Nonprofit Manager Luncheon
06 May 2016 First Friday: May
21 Apr 2016 Figure Model Night
09 Apr 2016 Art.Downtown. 2016
01 Apr 2016 First Friday: April
25 Mar 2016 Art.Downtown. Planning Meeting
25 Mar 2016 Art.Downtown. Planning Meeting
17 Mar 2016 #ReadSoHard Bookclub OPEN
11 Mar 2016 Art.Downtown. Planning Meeting
04 Mar 2016 First Friday: March
02 Mar 2016 South Division Business Owners Luncheon
26 Feb 2016 Art.Downtown. Planning Meeting
24 Feb 2016 Fee for Marketing 101 Class
20 Feb 2016 Break it Down. Make it Better.
12 Feb 2016 Art.Downtown. Planning Meeting
05 Feb 2016 First Friday: Feburary
02 Feb 2016 Registration for Unstoppable!
29 Jan 2016 Art.Downtown. Planning Meeting
21 Jan 2016 OPEN:
13 Jan 2016 Ave for the Arts Advisory Committee
18 Dec 2015 Registration Fee Due, Break it Down: Doing Business.
12 Dec 2015 Avenue for the Arts Holiday Gallery and Shop Hop
09 Dec 2015 The Pizza Report
04 Dec 2015 Holiday Arts Party Open Event
04 Dec 2015 First Friday: December
19 Nov 2015 OPEN: Stone Age Cave Painting (The Original Prehistoric Pictionary Game)
12 Nov 2015 Break It Down Make It Better: Building a Buying Audience
11 Nov 2015 Ave for the Arts Advisory Committee
06 Nov 2015 Avenue for the Arts Open House
06 Nov 2015 First Friday: November
21 Oct 2015 Avenue for the Arts Business Owners and Managers Lunch
15 Oct 2015 OPEN: Picasso Pancakes: Make and Eat Art!
14 Oct 2015 Ave for the Arts Advisory Committee
02 Oct 2015 First Friday: October
23 Sep 2015 Adapt/ Evolve
09 Sep 2015 Ave for the Arts Advisory Committee
04 Sep 2015 First Fridays
04 Sep 2015 Salon Style Show
26 Aug 2015 Break it Down: Tales of Sales
12 Aug 2015 Ave for the Arts Advisory Committee
07 Aug 2015 Walk & Talk : First Friday Small Group
07 Aug 2015 First Fridays Market
05 Aug 2015 Break it Down: Trade Secrets
04 Aug 2015 Occupation Culture: Art & Squatting in the City From Below
16 Jul 2015 Surrealist Potluck
22 Jun 2015 Registration Fee Due, Break it Down: Doing Business.
17 Jun 2015 Partial Projects & Supply Swap
10 Jun 2015 Ave for the Arts Advisory Committee
05 Jun 2015 Walk & Talk : First Friday Small Group
05 Jun 2015 First Fridays Market
13 May 2015 Ave for the Arts Advisory Committee
10 Apr 2015 Art.Downtown. 2015
08 Apr 2015 Ave for the Arts Advisory Committee
25 Mar 2015 Photographers Meet Up and Shoot Out
11 Mar 2015 Ave for the Arts Advisory Committee
28 Feb 2015 Break it Down. Make it Better.
11 Feb 2015 Ave for the Arts Advisory Committee
06 Feb 2015 Art Swap
30 Jan 2015 Art.Downtown. Planning Meeting
30 Jan 2015 Avenue for the Arts [gallery] Space Application Fee
10 Jan 2015 10th Anniversary Dance Party!
05 Dec 2014 First Friday Gallery Hop: Holiday Edition
03 Dec 2014 The Pizza Report
14 Nov 2014 Free Radical Conversations
07 Nov 2014 Free Radical on First Friday
05 Nov 2014 Ave for the Arts Advisory Committee
03 Oct 2014 First Friday Gallery Hop
01 Oct 2014 Ave for the Arts Advisory Committee
21 Sep 2014 StART: a benefit for Avenue for the Arts
21 Sep 2014 Vendor Fee For stART
05 Sep 2014 First Friday Gallery Hop
05 Sep 2014 Break it Down. Make it Better.
03 Sep 2014 Ave for the Arts Advisory Committee
06 Aug 2014 Ave for the Arts Advisory Committee
01 Aug 2014 First Friday Gallery Hop/ The Market
06 Jun 2014 First Friday Gallery Hop/The Market
04 Jun 2014 Ave for the Arts Advisory Committee
15 May 2014 Break it Down. Make it Better: Get Paid
15 May 2014 Break it Down. Make it Better: Get Social
15 May 2014 Break it Down. Make it Better: Get Connected
07 May 2014 Ave for the Arts Advisory Committee
02 May 2014 First Friday Gallery Hops
12 Apr 2014 Art.Downtown. After Party
11 Apr 2014 Art.Downtown. 2014
09 Apr 2014 Art.Downtown. Volunteer Orientation
04 Apr 2014 First Friday Gallery Hops
02 Apr 2014 Ave for the Arts Advisory Committee
14 Mar 2014 Art Downtown Planning Meeting *ALL MEET*
07 Mar 2014 First Friday Gallery Hops
05 Mar 2014 Ave for the Arts Advisory Committee
01 Mar 2014 Break it Down, Make it Better.
01 Mar 2014 Curators Choice- Artist Selection
21 Feb 2014 Art Downtown Planning Meeting
12 Feb 2014 Art Downtown Planning Meeting
07 Feb 2014 Steven Vinson: Abstractions
07 Feb 2014 First Friday Gallery Hops
05 Feb 2014 Ave for the Arts Advisory Committee
31 Jan 2014 Art Downtown Planning Meeting
25 Jan 2014 Artist Appreciation Party
24 Jan 2014 Registration for Art.Downtown.
24 Jan 2014 Art Downtown Planning Meeting
10 Jan 2014 Curators Challenge: Art.Downtown. 2014
08 Jan 2014 Ave for the Arts Advisory Committee
03 Jan 2014 First Friday Gallery Hops
14 Dec 2013 Urban Lights
13 Dec 2013 Opening: Parallel: Artwork of Sarah Knill and Replica of the Universe of Methodology: Artwork of Daniel Luchman
11 Dec 2013 Public Safety Meeting
06 Dec 2013 First Friday Gallery Hops
04 Dec 2013 The Pizza Report: Presented by the Avenue for the Arts
23 Nov 2013 Sassfest
13 Nov 2013 Avenue for the Arts Advisory Committee
13 Nov 2013 Public Safety Meeting
08 Nov 2013 Free Radical- Discussion, critique and dialogue at the UICA
01 Nov 2013 Free Radical
01 Nov 2013 First Friday Gallery Hops
01 Nov 2013 Avenue for the Arts Survey
30 Oct 2013 Pulso | Art of the America
25 Oct 2013 Free Radical Planning Meeting
18 Oct 2013 Free Radical Planning Meeting
11 Oct 2013 Free Radical Planning Meeting
09 Oct 2013 Public Safety Meeting
04 Oct 2013 First Friday Gallery Hops
04 Oct 2013 Free Radical Planning Meeting
02 Oct 2013 Avenue for the Arts Advisory Committee Meetings
27 Sep 2013 Free Radical Planning Meeting
20 Sep 2013 Free Radical Planning Meeting
15 Sep 2013 A Lot of Art
13 Sep 2013 Free Radical Planning Meeting
11 Sep 2013 Public Safety Meeting
06 Sep 2013 First Friday Gallery Hops
06 Sep 2013 Free Radical Planning Meeting
04 Sep 2013 Avenue for the Arts Advisory Committee Meetings
16 Aug 2013 Free Radical Planning Meeting
14 Aug 2013 Public Safety Meeting
07 Aug 2013 Avenue for the Arts Advisory Committee Meetings
17 Jul 2013 Public Safety Meeting
13 Jul 2013 The Market Presented by Avenue for the Arts: JULY 13TH
08 Jun 2013 The Market Presented by Avenue for the Arts: JUNE 8TH
06 Jun 2013 First Thursday in June
08 Feb 2013 Art.Downtown. 2013
07 Feb 2013 First Thursday
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