Art Hop is a program of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo - an evening of art exhibits and events, one of the great things to do in Kalamazoo. It's a free event held on the first Friday of every month, it is something you can do alone, with friends or with family that’s fun, interactive, and a great way to explore our downtown. And you don’t have to be an “artist” to enjoy it.

The Arts Council is funded by the generous support of the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, the Harold and Grace Upjohn Foundation, Dorothy U. Upjohn Foundation and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with additional Art Hop sponsor D. L. Gallivan.


Upcoming Art Hop Events

Click below for this month's Art Hop Brochure

November 2018 Art Hop Brochure

Click here to be redirected to this month's event.


Artist Interested in Participating with Art Hop

Are you a visual artist, musician, poet or actor interested in showcasing your talent in Art Hop?  Art Hop is held the first Friday of every month in downtown Kalamazoo and is a celebration of the arts community.  We invite you to become a part of one of Kalamazoo’s signature events!

Participating venues are encouraged to find artists through the directory listing of the Arts Council's member artists here on  To become a member and add your profile into the mix, please visit our membership page and sign up.

To be considered for a show in one of the Arts Council curated galleries, we ask that you submit the below information to with a recommended subject line of “Request to Exhibit”.

  • Artist Contact Information
  • Artist Statement/Bio/Website
  • Work Samples (3 – 5) with Titles and Descriptions
  • For visual artists, include your artwork dimensions and any special requirements for exhibit.
  • For non-visual groups, include the number of members in your group and any special requirements for performance.

Click here for a great video tutorial on photographing your 2D artwork, and click here for video tutorials on editing your photos on various programs.

If you are an artist with plans to participate at a venue for an Art Hop, please provide your venue with the required information found below in the venue section.  All participation information must come from the venue and information submitted by an artist will not be accepted.


Venue Interested in Participating with Art Hop

  1. To participate in Art Hop please fill out this submission form:  Art Hop Business Submission HERE!
  2. If you have any questions regarding Art Hop in general, the dates, the forms or need an artist, please contact Beth McCann at
  3. If you are an artist looking to participate in Art Hop please contact us at


The deadline for submitting Art Hop information through the JotForm link (above) is the first day of the month, two month prior.  Example January 1 for March, February 1 for April etc.

Cost to participate

Participation is $50 per site/artist per participation. Payment is the responsibility of the business or host site. The business may elect to pass all or a portion of the cost onto the artist, but payment must come from the business. Click here to be redirected to our Art Hop payment page.

Finding an Artist

If you're a venue looking to find an artist to host in your space for an upcoming Art Hop, we encourage to browse our online Artist Directory.  For a visual walkthrough guide on accessing this directory, click here.



The Arts Council will send out a proof of the Art Hop brochure electronically. The deadline for changes or corrections will be included in the email. This is a strict deadline. Changes or corrections submitted after that date will not be made.

The following Art Hop Fridays in 2018 are looking for YOU!

January 5 May 4 September 7
February 2 June 1 October 5
March 2 July 6 November 2
April 6 August 3 December 7



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