Art Hop

Portage Street in the Washington Square area of the Kalamazoo Edison Neighborhood
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Since December of last year, the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo has extended Art Hop into the Washington Square area of the Edison neighborhood.

Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

If you weren’t born in the United States, there are several things you have to do to become a U.S. citizen—like carry around a green card for five years and take what’s called a “naturalization test.”

That will make you an American on paper, but what does it take to feel like one?

Erin Williams

What's got four legs, a hard shell, and an affinity for bright colors?

It's Ellie, a two-year old tortoise who lives at the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek. She's quite the painter.

That's right - painter.

Erin Williams

Quick - it's 5:30 p.m. on the first Friday of the month - what are your plans for the night?

Maybe you're going to have a casual dinner with friends, or catch up on a few errands, or settle in with a good book - but if you are within the Kalamazoo region, there's a strong change you'll be lured out to make an appearance at Art Hop, the monthly showcase where local galleries and business open welcome in the community for a few snacks, great conversation, and, of course, to buy some art.

Budget cuts have forced Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated to reduce its financial support for monthly events

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