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Art fairs expand around campus

When the annual art fairs take to the streets of Ann Arbor in mid-July, a fourth fair will join the show. The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair will move from its historical location along South University and nearby blocks to a new location surrounding Ingalls Mall.
A scene from last year's art fairs. (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

Ann Arbor's South University Art Fair will take its place. The Guild Summer Art Fair will continue along Main and State streets, while the State Street Art Fair returns to the East Liberty area. This year's fairs are July 16-19.

The new fair location will provide artisan booths along Washington Street in front of the Frieze and Rackham buildings, along Thayer by the Modern Languages Building, along North University in front of the Kraus Natural Science and Chemistry buildings, and along some of the Ingalls Mall sidewalks.

Food vendors will be displayed on the west side of the Michigan League, and the Alumni Center will provide activities for art fair attendees.

"More University units and operations will be impacted," says Jim Kosteva, director of community relations. "Accommodating the expanded fair will require adjustments in routines and some patience. Getting feedback will be important toward making subsequent fairs more compatible with everyday operation needs of the University."

As a result of the fair expansion, additional road closures will occur around campus. Washington Street from State to Fletcher will be closed. The traditional North University closure will be extended east to Fletcher. Thayer Street will be closed to regular traffic, though access for emergency vehicles and deliveries to Kraus will be maintained as will access for guests at the Bell Tower Hotel. Fletcher Street will remain open.

The Thayer Street parking structure will be open to University permit holders. Those with blue permits will be able to access the structure from the re-opened Washington Street entrance. Those with service, business, gold and handicapped permits for the lower level will continue to use the Thayer Street entrances.

"Accommodating the expanded fair will require adjustments in routines and some patience." —Jim Kosteva, director of community relations

During the art fair days, all University parking structures will be monitored to allow only vehicles with appropriate University permits to enter. After 3:30 p.m. weekdays and all day Saturday, special event parking permits also will be sold at the structures where adequate vacancies occur.

University mail deliveries to many Central Campus locations will be maintained, though reduced to once a day. Mail deliveries for a few central campus buildings will be consolidated at nearby buildings.

Deliveries from MStores will occur before 8 a.m. each weekday or will be delayed until the following week. Check with an MStores customer service representative for specific details.

U-M transit bus schedules will follow traditional art fair routes, which include relocating the State Street stop west to Division and the South University stops to Hill. Alternate route maps are at

The area streets will close at 6 a.m. July 15. Art fair hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.

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