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As the Grand Rapids Asian Festival nears, food, performances, vendors, and activities are being finalized by the event organizers.
A 2016 poll of world-famous conductors for BBC Music Magazine picked Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony to top its list of 20 All-Time Greatest Symphonies
St. Cecilia Music Center will bring eight of the best jazz musicians from around the world to the Royce Auditorium stage on May 4. The SFJazz Collective is an all-star ensemble comprised of the finest performers/composers at work in jazz today.


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Featured Update

Downtown Market - 05/16

Beginning next weekend and continuing through the summer, the Grand Rapids Downtown Market welcomes back their second year of the Made in MI Pop-Up Marketplace for entrepreneurs, artisans and artists. The Made in MI Pop-Up Marketplace focuses solely on Michigan-made goods such as home decor, jewelry, clothing, art, food items and plants. More than 50 vendors will be present for the first event of the season, taking place on May 27 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., including local favorites like Hides and Stitches, Albright Lavender Farm, Pink Lemonade, Cutie Pie Craft, Third & Co. Studio and more. With a rotating roster of over 120 vendors for... [read more]

More Featured Updates

Grand Rapids Art Museum - 05/09

The new exhibition celebrates the groundbreaking artwork of one of the most influential cartoon illustrators of the twentieth century. The exhibition will be on view May 20 and go through August 27, 2017. [read more]

Kiran Sood Patel - 05/02

Journalist Amy Goodman will speak at Wealthy Theatre as a fundraiser for Grand Rapids Community Media Center. Suggested donation is $5 to support Community Media Center. [read more]

Elizabeth Michaelle Rinehart - 04/25

Huron Potawatomi Head Start is one of the first recipients of Grand Rapids' Neighborhood Match Fund. Local preschoolers will get the opportunity to experience the healthy benefits of being out in nature and learning about the origin of their food. [read more]

George Wietor - 04/18

On Wednesday, March 19, 2017, Grand Rapids Community Media Center (GRCMC) will present a special showcase of video productions created during the Elevating Voices project. Elevating Voices is a multi-year project created to raise the visibility of diverse voices in our community. [read more]

Kiran Sood Patel - 04/11

We asked a number of community members to answer a few questions on what community means to them, why The Rapidian matters and how it has impacted their organization and lives. [read more]

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 KCAD's Helen Miller Kendall Gallery through April 8, 2017. [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

/Courtesy of Zyra Castillo

Zyra Castillo - 05/23

Diversity is beautiful and powerful, and the Asian/Pacific community has so much diversity of which many are unaware. But nonetheless, we’re usually lumped into one giant spring roll of expectations, whether we fit them or not. [read more]

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) - 05/16

Ashley Trieu is the founder of Iconoclasp, a handmade women’s apparel shop based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. UICA interviewed the artist to learn more about her fashion-forward projects. [read more]

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Welcomes & Anticipations

Saxophonist Richard Elliot will headline the free sixth annual GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation on August 19 and 20.
Mindbender Mansion will be located on the Museum’s third floor in the Lacks exhibit hall and run from May 27 to September 3, 2017.

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