Kalamazoo's Art Hop is back Friday night (April 2nd). The Art Hop will be in Bates Alley and on the Kalamazoo Mall, celebrating what organizer says is "sustainability".

After a long break to keep people safe from Covid, The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, the organizers, is reasonably sure we can return to having an outdoor event, with people strolling and socially-distancing.

For the past year, Art Hops have been virtual, but now the organizers say

"we look forward to bringing the community together in a safe, socially-distanced outdoor space. Artwork and activities from a variety of local artists and businesses will be featured in tents placed spaciously along the alley. While hopping from booth to booth, you can grab a drink from one of the bars or restaurants located within the Downtown Social District and enjoy live music by DJ Todd Brown." - Arts Council of Kalamazoo.

If you heading downtown, Friday night, here's your art line-up roadmap, the art line up around the Downtown Mall and Bates Alley area.

If you're seeing the name Bates Alley and wondering where that is, many other people are, too. Bates Alley is the alley behind the businesses and restaurants on Michigan Avenue between Portage Road and Edwards Street. This is an project that popped up in the past few years, but with pandemic, might not be as well known as some might think.

(Michigan Economic Development Corporation via YouTube)

Mask up and be responsible, and enjoy the return of Art Hop to downtown Kalamazoo.

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