Downtown Grand Rapids

First Friday Art Walk Downtown Grand Rapids, MN

By Guest Blogger: Katie Marshall, Executive Director, MacRostie Arts Center

The First Friday Art Walk in downtown Grand Rapids is just two years old and has already established itself as a staple of the local art scene. Tagged as a “celebration of art and community,” this free and family-friendly event brings people to the downtown area on the first Friday of each month to view new artwork, meet artists, check out live music and theater, and get together with friends.

With the next First Friday Art Walk event set for May 2, local businesses and art-walkers alike are looking forward to the prospect of warmer temperatures to get people out in the streets and moving between the many different stops on the walk. The events take place between 4 pm and 8 pm, and hardcore First Friday fans have to keep a tight schedule to make it to each location.

Map of Downtown Grand Rapids

Map of Downtown Grand Rapids

An average of 10 different businesses participate within a walkable 4-block radius of Old Central School in downtown Grand Rapids. The featured artists and events vary each month. Each participating business has maps available for patrons, and a complete list of all activities is posted one week in advance at www.GrandRapidsArts.org.  Download the Google Map at http://bit.ly/1mDq8LD .

Sam Miltich and Friends

Sam Miltich and Friends Playing at the VFW

A sneak peek into the May 2 First Friday Art Walk includes an exhibit of aquatic-themed paintings by Kellie Rae Theiss at MacRostie Art Center to celebrate the fishing opener, the final First Friday with Artists in Residence Lory Worthing and Aaron Squadroni in Old Central School before they hand over the reins to new artists, and special guest Mark Kreitzer joining Sam Miltich and Friends for live jazz at the VFW.

Artists and businesses interested in getting involved in future First Friday events can contact Grand Rapids Arts at grandrapidsarts@gmail.com.