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Celebrating Movement and Dance

March 2024 | 3.1.2024

 

We start off the 2024 Art Hop year by celebrating movement! Venues around the city will join in the celebration by showcasing movement through a wide variety of visual art mediums, music, theatre, and more. The Epic Center will highlight RADfest hosted and supported by southwest Michigan’s oldest professional dance company, Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers, featuring the best in modern, post-modern, and contemporary dance from all over the country.

 
MAY 2024: The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors: Celebrating Movement and Dance

May 2024 | 5.3.2024

Spring is here, and Michiganders are ready to go outdoors! The May Hop will highlight our ever-growing vibrant public art collection and the beauty of nature that surrounds it. Official Art Hop stops all around our community will offer opportunities to view outdoor murals, sculptures, and installations. Artists will be sharing their love of nature through the arts.

JULY 2024: Celebrating Black Arts

Celebrating Black Arts

July 2024 | 7.12.2024

For the July Art Hop, we celebrate the Black Arts and Cultural Center’s Black Arts Festival – a special, annual event that has been a must-attend Kalamazoo summer celebration since 1986. The July Hop will offer a variety of offerings at Official Art Hop stops all over Kalamazoo County and launch us into the weekend Black Arts Festival celebration in Downtown Kalamazoo.

SEPTEMBER 2024: Resilience

Resilience – Vehicle and Voice

September 2024 | 9.6.2024

Resilience is the process and outcome of successfully adapting to challenging life experiences through mental, emotional, and behavioral flexibility while adjusting to external and internal demands. Throughout history, the arts have been a vehicle, a voice in supporting us through these life experiences. On September 6, 2024, we dig deep inside ourselves to bring light to the narratives in all of us.

NOVEMBER 2024: The Art of Practice

The Art of Practice – Focus on Students and Arts Education

November 2024 | 11.1.2024

What journey have we taken in 2024? Whether up or down and all spaces in between, part of the experience has gotten us to where we are right now. Reflection is a deeper form of learning that allows us to retain every aspect of any personal, professional, creative, or collaborative experience. At this year-end Art Hop, we take a reflective look at our year and prepare to usher in 2025 with a refreshed sense of knowing and creativity.

DECEMBER 2024: Reflection

Reflection – A Year in Review

December 2024 | 12.6.2024

What journey have we taken in 2024? Whether up or down and all spaces in between, part of the experience has gotten us to where we are right now. Reflection is a deeper form of learning that allows us to retain every aspect of any personal, professional, creative, or collaborative experience. At this year-end Art Hop, we take a reflective look at our year and prepare to usher in 2025 with a refreshed sense of knowing and creativity.

Get Involved with Art Hop!

 
There will be six (6) special Friday night Art Hop events, that will include unique additions such as After Hop concerts, guided public tours, student/community-based projects, and more! The 2024 Art Hops will be on March 1, May 3, July 12, September 6, November 1, and December 6. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for the exciting details as we will soon unveil the Art Hop themes for 2024!
 

Register as an Artist or Venue

Individual artists, arts organizations, and businesses can apply online to show their work. There is no cost to participate. You will be asked to provide photos of your work, an artist bio, artist statement, and links to your social media and/or website, if applicable. Click on the date below to register for that month’s Art Hop.

 
Deadline for Art Hop participation is always the Tuesday 4 weeks before that month’s event.
(Example November 5th is the deadline for December 6th’s Art Hop)
 
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Be a Volunteer

We are seeking volunteers to help out during Art Hop, as well as with event set-up and clean-up. Volunteers may be asked to carry signage or do other physical labor, so any unique needs should be noted on the volunteer sign-up form.

 
Questions? Email Us for more information.
 
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