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A low, wide view of white vendors' tents lined up along a street. A few visitors are perusing them. The pavement has abstract blue waves painted or chalked on it.
Courtesy photo / Erin Bruce/Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo

One year after it moved online because of COVID-19, Kalamazoo’s monthly Art Hop went non-virtual on Friday. 

Courtesy photo / Scott Dumas

It might be hard to tell during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Kalamazoo’s Vine Neighborhood is usually a popular place for live music shows. Often they’re held at informal house venues. You might assume that these are out-of-control parties, and in some cases, you’d be right. But many musicians and fans are working hard to create a different, more respectful culture – one that’s centered on the music.

Earlene McMichael | WMUK

It'll be a historic moment Saturday at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Nearly all the museum’s permanent collection has been deinstalled for a major 12-week touring exhibit of African-American art. Kalamazoo is one of six stops in the U.S. for the Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum of Harlem installation, and the only city in the Midwest. Click on the icon below to learn more from our interview today with KIA Executive Director Belinda Tate.

Jennifer Leigh

Jennifer Leigh says she uses art as therapy. Grace Barrett says drawing helps get her feelings out and relax the symptoms of depression. Both of them will have art on display at Friday’s Art Hop in downtown Kalamazoo.

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ArtPrize, the Grand Rapids art competition that draws entries from far beyond Michigan, will no longer be held every year.