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February’s Heart the Art was created with the idea to connect local businesses and residents with the Downtown Development Authority’s Public Art Blueprint. Last year’s engagement allowed local businesses and residents to share their feedback on upcoming projects. As a result, two new murals were installed in the city over the summer.

Public art can inspire hope, create unity and solidify our sense of community. We’ve worked together through this pandemic to support each other. How we adapt and continue on will define us.

Art has the power to share that message, to communicate a sense of hope and optimism. It catches your eye, makes your think, even inspires you to take action. That’s why we ask for the members of this community to share their ideas for future public art projects. Our goal: to encourage the community to help decide on future public art installations.

What would you like to see visualized in art?  Click here to send us your ideas.


Mask up and join us outside on Thursday Nights in February!
The Syndicate, Downtown Farmington 

Stroll along Grand River with your Syndicate beverage, enjoy live music, shopping, and help direct the mission of public art in Downtown Farmington. A portion of the proceeds from participating businesses will be donated to the next public art project in Downtown Farmington.

Participating Businesses
Farmington Brew: Mulled Wine- A warm, spiced wine made with fresh whole oranges, cinnamon stick and clove.
Basement Burger Bar: Boozy Hot Chocolate and Irish Coffee that pairs well with public art!
Mi.Mosa: MI.Irish Coffee- Jameson, Bailey's, Peruvian Coffee, and Whipped Cream. We recommend pairing it with Truffle Fries, perfect for strolling!
Sidecar Slider Bar: The Glögg, a Swedish version of mulled wine,  with almonds and raisins.  Pairs well with a slider to-go!
Masa: Frozen margaritas. Pack your mittens and grab a frozen margarita.  Pairs well with street tacos!
Sunflour Bakehaus: Every Thursday Night: Heart-shaped sugar cookies for $2 with $1 from each donated to public art! Feb. 11 only: Celebrate Mardi Gras with traditional New Orleans-style King Cakes in a two person size, perfect for strolling, complete with festive beads and a baby or coin trinket. While supplies last.
Kitchen Creations: Hot cocoa topping bar! Bring your Syndicate beverage and top it off with fresh whipped cream and goodies.
KickstART Gallery: Socially-distanced artist reception for new exhibition, Drawdown: Pathways Out of Global Warming. Thursday, February 4th from 5-8 pm.
John Cowley & Sons: Gourmet, family friendly hot chocolate available to go. We suggest the Irish Spring Rolls to enjoy while you stroll!
The Vines Flower and Garden Shop: Extended hours and new greenhouses to shop!
Clothes Encounters: Mid - Winter Storewide Clearance Sale...Up To 70%Off! Light Weight Fleece Leggings $8.00 and All Tops From Italy Regular Up To $79.00 now $39.00. Store Is Super Clean and The Dressing Rooms Are Waiting Just For You! In Store Raffles For Free Merchandise.
Farmington Civic Theater: Fresh popped popcorn available. $1 for every large popcorn sold will be donated to public art. Perfect for strolling!

Live Music on Grand River by Mark Reitenga
Sponsored by Steve Chang

February 4, 6-8pm | 1 UP Arcade bar
February 11, 6-8PM | GLP Financial Group
February 18, 6-8PM | Edward Jones Steve Chang
February 25, 6-8PM | GLP Financial Group

Downtown Farmington Art Tour
KickstART Farmington | February 11, 6:00PM
Sip your hot beverages and tour Downtown Farmington’s public art while hearing from the artists. The tour, led by Public Art Committee member Cathi Waun, begins at Riley Park.

David Barr Sculptures at Riley Park
John Martin Mural at CVS
Doug Delind Faces of Farmington traveling sculpture
Adrienne Picket mural at Farmington Civic Theater
Mac Harthun mural at The Vines Flower and Garden Shop
Mary Lou Stropoli mural at Sunflour Bakehaus

Heart the Art: Scavenger Hunt 
During the month of February

Hunt through Downtown Farmington and share pictures with #HeartTheArtFarmington for a chance to win prizes from local businesses.  Weekly winners will be selected!  Make sure your post is marked public and tag Downtown Farmington (Facebook) or @MainstreetFarmingtonMI (Instagram).

Click here for the Scavenger Hunt checklist.

Heart the Art Poster 2021 Poster


Heart the Art Survey
Share your ideas for the next Public Art Project below.