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Artist monk survives ArtPrize dating game

Submitted 08-29-2016 under VOICES

Jamie Treadwell gives a behind the scenes story of how a newly arrived local artist figured out the ArtPrize connection process for artists and venues.

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Creating a water trail - Paddling from Grand Rapids to Grand Haven

Submitted 08-25-2016 under NONPROFITS

Imagine being able to paddle from Plaster Creek to the shores of Grand Haven. Water trails are making that possible.

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Community journalism is a way to let your voice be heard

Submitted 08-19-2016 under VOICES

Thank you to all who attended our Intro to Community Journalism at Wealthy Theatre. We'll host our Community Journalism Workshop on August 29 at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

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In order to heal, communities must listen

Submitted 08-16-2016 under OPINION

Numbers do not display the emotional costs of racial disparity. On August 26, 2016, Partners for a Racism-Free Community will create space for people to share their stories, vocalize their pain but most importantly a space that encourages people to listen.

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Winner of Literacy Center of West Michigan's 2016 Spellebration shares her message

Submitted 08-10-2016 under NONPROFITS

Silvia Guzman was the learner speaker at the Literacy Center of West Michigan's 2016 Spellebration. Here is her speech.

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Top five reasons to join The Rapidian's Intro to Community Journalism session on August 18

Submitted 08-05-2016 under VOICES

Want a reason to join the conversation and community gathering at Wealthy Theatre on August 18? We'll give you five.

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GR Forward Together video is not the happy ending

Submitted 07-19-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

The new "GR Forward Together" video is to remind us that it takes all of us to make Grand Rapids an equal and inclusive city.

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'Unity before justice is insulting'

Submitted 07-19-2016 under OPINION

An opinion on the 'Am I Next? 4Unity' rally held at Rosa Parks Circle on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

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I wish my life mattered

Submitted 07-14-2016 under OPINION

I pen this for my people of color whose pain is more often than not erased by indifference. I pen this for every black body that carries the pain of existence on their shoulders – our lives should matter and this is me penning the pain that says “it feels like ours don’t.”

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Black healing matters

Submitted 07-13-2016 under OPINION

Last Friday, Black Lives Matter GR collaborated with local community members and activsts to create a healing space for Black folks struggling and surviving in the midst of violence.

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