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Art.Downtown. plans for bigger event
Art.Downtown. plans for bigger event

by Chelsea LaForge

, slated for April 13, plans to be bigger than previous years. This year's event boasts three trolleys taking Grand Rapidians to over 30 locations with over 350 artists being showcased. It is one night when downtown Grand Rapids becomes a hub of the local art community and, according to Art.Downtown.'s tagline, "Artists Take Over."

Initially called Spring for the Arts, this citywide art show started in 2005. The name changed to Art.Downtown. in 2008. This year, more than just the name has changed, as behind the scenes the planning for the 2012 event includes an increase in locations as well as artists and adding one more infamous trolley to transport people to all of the art locations.

"I think this event will have extremely accessible transportation. We are also working on some hot spots where there will be additional parking, catering.", explained Jenn Schaub. Last year, one of the two trolleys broke down. The solution is to add a third trolley this April, with eight...