The Rapidian

Grand Rapid's Heartside-Downtown

Experience ArtPrize 9 at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market

Submitted 09-19-2017 under NONPROFITS

Located both indoors and outdoors, this year’s art installations at the Market feature artists hailing from as far away as Paris, China and New Zealand, alongside several artists from Michigan, including Godwin Heights Public Schools students.


Local artist Stafford Smith exhibits new artwork at Studio 341

Submitted 09-19-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Trapped Between Memory and Desire is on display at Studio 341 and will be open on weekends.


ArtPrize artist feature from UICA: Michael Peoples

Submitted 09-19-2017 under NONPROFITS

Michael Peoples is a self-taught artist whose works reflect on the cultural history of the Midwest with a comedic bend. Each work explores the significance of number, color, and form upon cognitive and emotional experience. Perchance to Dream reflects the idea of food as memory.


Grand Rapids Ballet dances its way to ArtPrize Nine

Submitted 09-19-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

This September 22nd to the 24th, check out the Grand Rapids Ballet’s ArtPrize Nine submission piece, “Beethoven’s 5th Symphony,” as they perform around downtown at four different locations.


City, GRPD must seek independent investigations into police call recordings to rebuild public trust, transparency

Submitted 09-15-2017 under OPINION

The City and the Chief have known about these phone calls and their content for going on a year now. Yet they delayed in condemning the actions of the officers, repeatedly fought FOIA requests for the phone calls, and they didn't fire the involved officers.


Grand Rapids Symphony opens season with celebrated violinist Sarah Chang and Ravel's Bolero

Submitted 09-13-2017 under NONPROFITS

Music Director Marcelo Lehninger opens Grand Rapids Symphony's 2017-18 season with guest violinist Sarah Chang, Ravel's Bolero, music from 'West Side Story,' and a world premiere inspired by the Ozark Mountains


Fractured politics and American foreign policy

Submitted 09-08-2017 under NONPROFITS

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan presents a program on American foreign policy with PJ Crowley, former U.S. State Department


Hundreds marched to defend DACA recipients in Grand Rapids

Submitted 09-06-2017 under NEWS

On Tuesday, September 5, 2017 hundreds of Grand Rapidians marched through downtown Grand Rapids and held a vigil to protest the ending of DACA.


ArtPrize artist feature from UICA: Artemis Antippas

Submitted 09-05-2017 under NONPROFITS

Artemis Antippas’ work is on view as part of UICA's ArtPrize Nine exhibition, Cultivate, a curated group show that uses food as a lens to examine cultural history, social equity, and the effects of globalization on communities.


We need to understand the challenges first generation students face

Submitted 08-29-2017 under OPINION

While it is inspiring to hear stories of students who overcame challenges to be the first in their family to go to college, for many the struggle does not end with a college acceptance letter. It is important to address the specific challenges that first generation college students face.