Arts in Holland

While it's great to hit the beach come summertime in Michigan, setting aside some time to appreciate some arts and culture is always a good thing. If you're looking for a place to go to mix in some art with your toes-in-the-sand relaxation time, then Holland is right for you.

Not only is Holland rife with art, but there is quite the variety as the city boasts historical, literary, and artistic organizations which bring in art from around the world. On top of that, there are plenty of opportunities to catch a concert or theater performance. Those with a wide range of love for the arts will find Holland as a perfect summer setting.

As the home to Hope College, which is affluent in the arts, it further helps propel Holland as a top arts destination in the state as you can find many art exhibits and performances to see right on campus.

The DePree Art Center and Gallery not only contains classrooms and studios, but also a free gallery open to the public. Here, you can see the works of young and upcoming artists, making it a great way to start your Holland arts adventure.

The good news is that Hope College is located right at downtown Holland, where there are a slew of other opportunities to take in the arts. If you decide to check out Hope's artful campus, you can walk to your next location.

With your preferred walking shoes you can head on over to the Holland Museum. Here, you'll find Dutch art galleries, a local history exhibit featuring over 1,200 objects highlighting the area's history, and temporary exhibits that change throughout the year. The Holland Museum is a chance to see the arts and culture that tell the story of Holland's settlement.

The Holland Area Arts Council is also worth a visit as it showcases three galleries featuring local and regional artists during 12-plus exhibits a year. The Holland Area Arts Council helps put on art classes and organizes many community events, making it a valuable organization, helping to bring the arts to the city.

Holland is also home to a 85-plus piece orchestra, the Holland Symphony Orchestra. They perform eight shows a year and bring the art of music to the city through beautiful classical composition. To really take in the Holland arts experience, it's best to plan your trip around one of their performances.

The great part about being able to walk around to these locations is that during your walk you'll be able to catch some outdoor art throughout downtown Holland. Multiple life-size statues are found throughout downtown which capture the history and heritage of the city. Another outdoor location for some art is the Windmill Island Gardens, showcasing the only authentic Dutch windmill in operation in the country along with manicured gardens.

With a bevy of art and culture located both indooor and out in one of the best downtowns in the country, Holland makes for the great arts escape for anyone looking to take some in this summer. Best of all, after a long day of scoping out everything, you can relax out on the beach or sip on a tasty beverage at one of the restaurants downtown.