The Rapidian

First Fridays

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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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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Celebrating growth of women-run businesses in Heartside neighborhood

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 02-02-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

With the growth of businesses on the Avenue for the Arts, women are strengthening their leadership and roots in our arts community. Avenue for the Arts is the neighborhood title for the South Division corridor between Fulton and Wealthy and features...

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Giving great: Take gifts beyond average by supporting local, handmade this year

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 12-08-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Want to feel extra good about your holiday shopping this year? What if a perfect, one-of-a-kind gift was easy to find, would support the local community, and created a charitable ripple effect that will reach throughout the year? Here are a few...

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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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Get a sneak peek of First Fridays: The Market

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 08-04-2015 under NONPROFITS

On Friday, the Market is back along South Division. Join vendors, artists, shops and galleries for this one night event. With live performances, art making demos and sales at local businesses there is something for everyone, find out more ...

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Loosely Bound exhibition consists of beautiful pieces backed by powerful concept

by Gabrielle Brown (Gabi Brown)

Submitted 08-04-2015 under OPINION

"Loosely Bound," the current exhibit at (106) Gallery on South Division, quietly invites you in and ask for you to look closely. It is muted, it is minimal; but upon a closer look, it is strong and deliberate. The exhibit opened at (106)...

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UICA hosts Dyer-Ives 47th annual poetry competition

by shardae jefferson (shardaisy)

Submitted 06-09-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

The 47th annual Dyer-Ives Foundation poetry awards celebration was held at the UICA on June 6, 2015.  Two local poets and professors, Linda Nemec Foster and Rod Torreson, were given special honors as part of the event. A large audience gathered...

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Artist Spotlight: The Musicians of Avenue for the Arts

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 06-03-2015 under NONPROFITS

Sweaty basements, sticky-floored bars, and underground venues with ever-changing and elusive code names are no longer the only places to catch emerging experimental music in Grand Rapids. This Friday the Market returns to the Avenue for the Arts on...

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October's First Friday event to feature ArtPrize venues

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 09-30-2014 under NONPROFITS

On the first Friday of every month, Grand Rapids residents and visitors are invited to the galleries, shops and eateries of the South Division corridor to check out new events and features. The month of October brings an electrifying feel to the...

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