Explore West Michigan Through These Epic Grand Rapids Street Artists
Locals know that Grand Rapids is the place to be and to show it we are literally painting the town.
The Grand Rapids mural scene has been steadily growing over the past decade, and now, with this recent burst of activity, there’s no sign of it slowing down.
Large scale murals adorning buildings, retaining walls, and even the pavement, are popping up all over West Michigan giving us a whole host of great photography locations to enjoy.
While the city has several murals from Art Prizes past, local organizations like the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (UICA), and West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT), with the support of Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. (DGRI), are regularly bringing in mural artists to brighten even the darkest concrete walls.
In the Creston neighborhood, art gallery Lions & Rabbits initiated Creston After Dark, and gathered local artists to triple the number of murals in their area, most of which are along Plainfield Avenue.
Communities along the lakeshore acknowledge the power public art has on improving areas as new murals are popping up in Holland, Spring Lake, and Muskegon.
If you want to know how vibrant a city is, look at its art. Murals serve a purpose deeper than being something cool to look at. For years, murals have been a tool used to breathe life into areas. Public art fosters community engagement and jump starts conversations – and we’re pretty sure you’ll want to join in.
We scoured the streets of West Michigan – from the city down to the big lake – to compile a map with 100+ murals for you to uncover the next time you need an art fix.
Here’s the full list, as well as closer looks at some of the highlights.
Consult the map to find exact locations as well learn more about the public artwork and mural artist.
PS – Here’s a bonus (printable, click on the image) scavenger hunt!
Find Murals by Neighborhood
The Definitive List of Grand Rapids Murals
You’ll be amazed at how many beautiful backdrops are popping up in your neighborhood, just waiting for you to use them for your next Instagram post.
Have you seen all of these? Which ones are new to you?
While we did our very best to research all the murals and provide accurate artist information for what we’ve listed here, there are still some gaps. If you have any additional information we might have missed, please do let us know in the comments below. Happy mural crawling!