About the avenue

Avenue for the Arts  is THE artist’s resource and hub for Grand Rapids. Located along the South Division corridor between Fulton and Wealthy Streets in downtown Grand Rapids, the Avenue for the Arts is the home to locally owned galleries, creative entrepreneurs, one-of-a-kind shops, and more than 500 residents. In 2005, we choose the Avenue for the Arts as a title to represent our commercial corridor and the projects and events that we create. Join us for a First Friday or special event, check out our online resources, contact one of our galleries to participate in an upcoming First Friday, or visit our public artworks!


The Avenue for the Arts has been recognized as a center for arts and culture in Grand Rapids

  • 2004 Cool Cities Designation by the State of Michigan

  • 2006 Historic Preservation Outstanding Preservation Project

  • 2007 Michigan Historic Preservation Network Tax Credit Award

  • 2007 Governor’s Award for Exemplary Business supporting the Arts Award

  • 2009 Neighborhood Business Alliance Award for Best Neighborhood Promotion