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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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Art.Downtown 2017 showcase in pictures

by Mariah Cowsert (mariahcaitlin)

Submitted 04-25-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Art.Downtown on April 8 was a full day of local art presented by Avenue for the Arts which featured over 100 local artists, free trolley rides to hot spot locations, and bridged the gap between artists and attendees by being able to interact with...

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First Fridays 'Feels like a hidden secret we don’t want to keep'

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 11-01-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

KelliJo Peltier has a secret she’s ready to share with Grand Rapids. KelliJo has been attending since First Fridays began. “I really like to meet the artists. I love talking to the artists, to hear about their pieces and what inspired...

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Local artists seek to break down barriers through art, conversation during Art.Downtown.

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 03-29-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Have Company, the UICA, and Kate Lewis are working to champion art as an outlet to build involvement and spark conversations. As we see the continued growth of local artists coming together to support each other, the growth of exhibitions and...

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Professional development for local artists returns with full day event

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 02-16-2016 under NONPROFITS

Each year, Avenue for the Arts provides several Break it Down. Make it Better. events, including an annual full day event, this year happening on February 20. While the growth of the arts community in Grand Rapids is evident, it’s important...

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Avenue for the Arts to celebrate emerging local artists in First Friday event

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 11-03-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

For over a decade, The Avenue for the Arts has played a critical role in providing artists with various opportunities to showcase. Events tailored to provide artists with the opportunity to display their artwork include Art Downtown,...

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Local musicians work to promote supplemental education programs

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 08-04-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

As Hugo Claudin, proprietor of multi-dimensional creative space Mexicains Sans Frontieres, painter, musician and veteran of Grand Rapids art scene puts it, “While we promote the arts and education, little effort is made to promote individual...

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Honest to Goodness

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 06-04-2015 under NONPROFITS

One of the highlights of the Grand Rapids community is the constant support of local makers. With the thoughtless consumerism surrounding American culture, it is refreshing to be able to find a multitude of artists and artisans enclosed within a few...

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DisArt meets Art.Downtown.

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 02-24-2015 under NONPROFITS

Despite the assumption that everyone has the same spectator experience, not everyone “sees” artwork in the same way. A new festival coming to Grand Rapids this spring will serve to change perceptions about Disabled artists, opening an...

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Curators take over: Non-traditional spaces on South Division

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 02-17-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

When curators launch dynamic and enthralling shows, magic happens. Frequently, large-scale institutions like the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) and Kendall College of Art and...

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