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Catalyst Radio: 106 Gallery part of Division Avenue's transformation into Avenue for the Arts

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Back in 2005, the only occupied store fronts other than ministries were Vertigo and Sanctuary. Calvin College's 106 Gallery took a place among those storefronts...
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About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch, along with Denise Cheng. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

/Sara Bakker

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Division Avenue, now also known as the Avenue for the Arts, has a long tradition of pop up galleries in abandonned buildings. Back in 2005, the only occupied store fronts other than ministries were Vertigo and Sanctuary. Calvin College's 106 Gallery took a place among those storefronts and since then, has hosted student artists from all institutions in the area, faculty artists and local artists in need of bigger spaces for abstract pieces.

On air today are Sara Bakker and Joel Zwart to talk about the history of this mainstay and upcoming events free to the public. Music this week is from The Red Sea Pedestrians.



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CALENDAR (27:27)

Soul of the City
Noon to 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2 at Rosa Parks Circle
Soul of the City is a free, 2-day event over Labor Day weekend that features over 30 artists spanning such genres as Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Hip Hop, and Soul.

Labor Day walk across the bridges
8 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 5 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park
The City of Grand Rapids offers its own bridge walk on Labor Day for those who aren't planning to go all the way to the Mackinac Bridge to join the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. Participants can walk as many as five miles, the equivalent of the Mackinac Bridge, and cross as many as seven bridges. The route is wheelchair accessible and appropriate for all fitness levels.

Fashion focus in Grand Rapids
6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at Wealthy Theatre (1130 Wealthy SE)
In step with Grand Rapids' Fashion Night Out on Thursday in which retailers participate to highlight local entrepreneurship, Rapid Growth has planned its speaker series to focus on the budding fashion industry in Grand Rapids.

International Folk Dancing open to all
7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9 at the CMC Annex (1110 Wealthy SE)
International Folk Dancing will take place in the CMC annex on Wealthy Street. Folk dancing traditions of all cultures are welcome, and the event is free and open to beginners through skilled dancers.

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