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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

Accessibility

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  • Getting Around the Venue: The Fulton Street entrance has a revolving door, and powered door with push button. The entrance is flush with the sidewalks.

    There are Men’s and Women’s multi-user style restrooms present on all floors of the venue. These restrooms have at least one accessible stall.

    The routes through the venue are wide and level. There is a long ramp that runs along the Fulton Street side of the venue that connects the east and west sections of the facility.

    There is an elevator that provides access to all floors.

    The venue is well lit.

    There is chair, bench and table seating available.
  • Accessible Parking Options: The Gallery Ramp at 8 Commerce Avenue SW. — 0.01 miles from the venue
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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: family, 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
  • Interests: family