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Avenue for the Arts

Art happens here 365 days a year

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 10-03-2017 under NONPROFITS

This time of year in Grand Rapids, it’s pretty much impossible to walk three feet without coming face to face with some kind of art. What many people who flock to this city this time of year for ArtPrize may not realize is that art lives and...

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Artist or activist? Creative voices inspire dialogue

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 09-26-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

The streets of Grand Rapids have been busier than normal this year, not with visitors to cultural events, parades or races, but with citizens protesting. From The Women’s Rights March to A Day Without Immigrants and the most recent DACA...

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Summer celebration along Downtown's South Division Avenue

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 08-01-2017 under NONPROFITS

Another sunny August in Grand Rapids marks the most exciting First Fridays event of the season: the 14th annual artist’s market, hosted by the Avenue for the Arts. First Fridays is a monthly event held in the business corridor along South...

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Ride The Rapid to events throughout Grand Rapids, Kentwood this August

by The Rapid (TheRapid)

Submitted 08-01-2017 under NONPROFITS

Make the most out of the last full month of summer by visiting events throughout Grand Rapids and Kentwood. This month is especially jam-packed with free and low-cost events for families looking to stick to their summer budget. Whether it’s...

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Stay motivated to create this summer with Workshop Wednesdays

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 07-18-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

If you are an artist or a writer, you’ve probably heard this one piece of advice from a mentor at some point in your life: find a community. What people don’t always tell you is how to find that community. It can be a daunting process to...

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South Division: Past and present through the lens of art

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 06-20-2017 under NONPROFITS

When you first walk into Sanctuary Folk Art, you are immediately surrounded by an explosion of color as you first take in the amazing variety of art lining every inch of possible space on the wall. While the gallery hosts up to 40 different artists...

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Meet Civic Investor Jenn Schaub: Working to engage all community members at the Avenue

by Kiran Sood Patel (Kiran Sood Patel)

Submitted 04-13-2017 under VOICES

Since The Rapidian was founded on September 15, 2009, dozens of nonprofit organizations throughout the community have published articles and stories. Avenue for the Arts is an organization that has truly seized on the opportunity to share its...

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Community building through resident leadership in Heartside

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 03-21-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

“What keeps me focused is that I really want to see Heartside expand and grow, and I want to be a part of that change that takes place” says Heartside resident, Marvin Thomas. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, Heartside stretches from...

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Growing community through art: Heartside Gallery and Studio

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 03-07-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

Walking into Heartside Gallery and Studio, the first thing you notice is how active the space is. The Studio and Gallery space blend where artists create and show off art. Volunteers and Neighbor artists move through the space, busy with activity....

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Connection through expression: Building community through art

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 01-03-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

Grand Rapids, like all cities, is a fluid place made of schools, businesses, buildings, and most importantly: people. The city, especially the corridor between Fulton Street and Wealthy Street referred to as “the Avenue for the Arts," has...

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