#2 Stroll the Sunday Fulton Street Art Market in Grand Rapids
Location: 1145 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Started in the summer of 2005, Fulton Street Artisans Market has become a wonderful venue for all kinds of art, from acrylic paintings to fiber arts to bath and body items, and everything in between, all crafted by local, Michigan artists — stop by the art market and the street market for a perfect Sunday destination!
#49 Be amazed by the size and awesomeness of the DIA
With the majesty of the ancient structure of Athens and Rome and spaciousness diversity in it’s displays, the Detroit Institute of Art is a must-do for any Michigander in Detroit looking for a hot day activity. Roam the many galleries and rooms and find your favorite pieces of art or architecture!
#30 Immerse yourself in the eccentric art of The Heidelberg Project
Location: 42 Watson St, Detroit, MI 48201
We’ll let our writer, Jennifer Hamilton, explain what makes this spot so special: “3600 Heidelberg Street, in downtown Detroit, is a scene unlike any that I have ever witnessed. Abandoned homes covered in various forms of eccentric art line the blocks surrounding the area. Each home is covered in so much detail that I could have spent hours examining each one and cannot wait to go back. Palpable messages are shouted from these homes, yet with just a step closer, hidden memorandums sneak out and surprise you. Each exhibit offers something completely unique and is entirely encompassing. Most of the art displayed comes from recycled pieces of local Detroit goods, such as stuffed animals, couches, and street signs. The works of art are designed to tell a story regarding specific issues in Detroit’s society. The Heidelberg Project was purposefully positioned in an impoverished area and is meant to shed light on the lack of resources in that neighborhood. Though it is meant for enjoyment, visitors are cautioned to be aware of their surroundings and to not bring valuables while visiting.”
#3 Discover new local artists during First Fridays in Ypsilanti
Region: Southeast Michigan
Location: Downtown Ypsilanti
The goal of First Fridays Ypsilanti (FFY) is “to invite community members into the downtown area to support local talent and businesses while having a fun time!” It began taking shape in 2013, with groundwork laid by the Ugly Mug Cafe, where monthly art exhibits had been a regular occurrence. With the involvement and support of the folks at Bona Sera Cafe, FFY as it currently exists started taking shape. Support from the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation, Bank of Ann Arbor, and members of the community meant that organizers could live the dream of expanding and promoting FFY, and truly highlighting all the good happening in downtown Ypsi.