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Activities will take place Monday, April 3 through Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday April 2 and 9, 2017.
The public event will be held on Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Downtown Market for the West Michigan community interested in connecting with and supporting farmers growing and selling local food.
Two-time Grammy Award winning conductor returns to Grand Rapids with some of her favorite music this weekend during Women's History Month


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Featured Update

Aaminah Shakur - 03/28

What is a “healthy body” or a “healthy mind”? Should they be so highly prized? What role can art play in achieving them? These are questions running through my mind after viewing Art & Healing, an exhibition at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University’s (KCAD’s) Helen Miller Kendall Gallery through April 8, 2017. As a chronically ill and disabled student at KCAD, I was deeply interested in seeing how this exhibition of art by artists who live with illness and create work around it would address the idea of healing through art. Disability looks many different ways. For me it looks... [read more]

More Featured Updates

Avenue for the Arts - 03/21

A five part workshop series aims to increase resident connections in the Heartside Neighborhood. [read more]

KT Herr - 03/14

Chalene Jones, a local poet and physical therapist, has put together an event designed to educate, empower, and connect women, female-identified, and LGBTQ+ individuals in West Michigan. [read more]

Avenue for the Arts - 03/07

Heartside Ministry opened its doors in 1983 as an outreach program to homeless in the community. In 2001, the Gallery and Studio opened to provide a place for neighborhood residents, or rather, Neighbors. [read more]

Grand Rapids Symphony - 02/28

The eleventh biennial celebration of the music of J.S. Bach, founded by Linn Maxwell Keller, opens March 5 with multiple events in Grand Rapids [read more]

Amy Carpenter - 02/21

After having to leave her lifelong neighborhood, LaDonna Norman is fighting for families losing their homes to gentrification. [read more]

West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center - 02/14

On Monday, February 20th, the Refugee Education Center is hosting an education event at the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids from 6-8 p.m. [read more]

Eric Bouwens - 02/07

Patients fearing deportation or naturalization cancellation are canceling insurance and other forms of assistance. We in the medical community have to consider new ways we can support our patients, and how we can shape immigration policy that will allow them to live their dreams and stay healthy. [read more]

Why Place Matters?

Humans hunger for community. We yearn to be connected. And we want to feel good about the spaces where we live, work, play together.

Place Matters” marks a different type of gathering place; where we can create new intersections, gather input, and share ideas about enhancing life in this place we call home. [read more]

Community Conversations

/Finn Marcks

Finn Marcks - 03/28

TDoV is an annual holiday celebrated around the globe, dedicated to celebrating the successes and accomplishments of trans and gender non-conforming people, while also raising awareness of the work that is still needed to save trans lives. [read more]

/Amy Carpenter

Amy Carpenter - 03/21

In this five-part series, residents of the greater Grand Rapids area share their personal stories of housing insecurity and homelessness. Part 2. [read more]

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Maker Faire is looking for participants who enjoy tinkering, hacking, building and designing new technology-based inventions.
After spending months working with Kiel, our Resource Coordinator, Chuck was able to receive keys to his very own apartment.

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