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  • Downtown
    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    Heartside
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Southtown
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    Uptown
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.

    Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

    Michigan’s largest multidisciplinary contemporary arts center – known as UICA to locals – engages visitors through a wide variety of creative experiences, including visual art, music, film, literature, dance and performance art.

    UICA features gallery exhibitions of work from regional, national and international artists throughout the year. It also hosts a wide range of events, including performance art, concerts, artist receptions, gallery talks, group tours and student internships.

    The distinctive UICA building sits at the literal center of Grand Rapids, reflecting the city’s vibrant and progressive art scene, and serving as the gateway to the Avenue for the Arts.

    Movies

    The UICA Movie Theater shows independent, international and documentary movies in downtown Grand Rapids every Tuesday-Sunday, all year ‘round.

    The Studio

    Drop in anytime during gallery hours and use The Studio’s materials to explore your own creativity – it’s fun for the whole family.

    Contemporary Conversations

    Monthly interviews and guest features highlight local and regional artists and cultural organizations.

    Gift Shop

    The Shop at UICA carries handmade home goods, art and design books, artwork by local and regional artists and designers, and a selection of art supplies.

    Annual Events

    ArtPrize® Exhibition – September-October
    Holiday Artists’ Market – December

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    Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

    The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts builds creative community by fostering new forms of...

    • Neighborhood: Heartside
    • 2 West Fulton
    • Interests: art-&-culture
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    The Shop at UICA

    The Shop at UICA is a collaborative space located on the corner of Fulton and Division open to the...

    • Neighborhood: Heartside
    • 2 West Fulton
    • Interests: shopping
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    UICA Movie Theater

    The UICA Movie Theater shows independent, international, and documentary movies in downtown Grand...

    • Neighborhood: Heartside
    • 2 West Fulton