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In March, the Grand Rapids Downtown Market will present its first-ever Recipes for Success series, a three-week program designed for food entrepreneurs. The free educational seminars are aimed at providing industry insight to budding and accelerating food entrepreneurs.
Taste of Soul Sunday will be held this Sunday, February 19 at the Grand Rapids Public Library’s downtown Main Branch.
The Oscar Nominated Short Films will be screening from February 10 – March 29, 2017 from the categories of live-action, documentary and animation.


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Featured Update

Amy Carpenter - 02/21

It’s a Tuesday night at City Hall, and LaDonna Norman approaches the microphone to address the meeting of the Grand Rapids City Commission. For the past year or more, Norman has spoken during the public comment period at the end of nearly every meeting, after the motions have been passed. This Tuesday night, like every other, she asks the commission to do something to reduce the gentrification that is causing families she knows to become homeless. The developers involved in planned revitalization projects leave the meeting by the time Norman speaks. And yet those revitalization projects - and their impact on her community - have... [read more]

More Featured Updates

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]

Calvin College - 01/24

Plaster Creek Stewards tracks the journey of a raindrop in Alger Heights, Garfield Park [read more]

Katie Gordon - 01/10

I am a firm believer in the power of stories and media to shape ideas and shift culture. Media literacy is more than a tool for understanding, then, it is a civic duty. Media literacy skills might help us better understand and engage with the community issues and world around us. [read more]

Avenue for the Arts - 01/03

An update on Avenue for the Arts and a look at what’s to come ahead. This Friday, January 6, Avenue for the Arts becomes "South Division Avenue becomes "the ultimate destination to find artwork by local artists, handmade goods, and food and drink specials." [read more]

Kiran Sood Patel - 01/02

Knight Foundation will match donations from individual donors to select nonprofits, including The Rapidian, up to a total of $1.5 million. Individual organizations will receive up to $25,000 in matching funds. [read more]

Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities - 12/20

Beyond educational support, the Cook Library Scholars program offers emotional solace to students and their families, and provides space for families to lead, even during difficult times. [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

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Carol Shirey - 02/21

Dirk Koning’s vision for providing media access to everyone has empowered multitudes of people in West Michigan. The intriguing leader of Grand Rapids Community Media Center who passed away 12 years ago was recognized for his vision and integrity at a recent awards event. [read more]

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Kelly Koning - 01/31

To my community, my reflections and thoughts post Washington, D.C. March [read more]

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The Buzz

Welcomes & Anticipations

The West Michigan arts community comes together for a day of conversation regarding what it means to be a creative in 2017 on Saturday, February 25 at "Break it Down | Make it Better."
Members of the media were invited to tour two new exhibits at the Grand Rapids Art Museum on Friday, February 3.

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