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Catalyst Radio: Pekich Park Concert Series to increase community investment

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"I think that people respond to music in ways that they will not respond with somebody shaking a stick at them or running them off," explains Hugo Claudin of the Heartside neighborhood.
A scene from the first of the concert series on July 29.

A scene from the first of the concert series on July 29. /Sandi Gunnett Avenue for the Arts in the Rapidian Flickr pool

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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.

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Among the many neighbors in Heartside, Hugo Claudin, an artist and community organizer, noticed that Pekich Park has become a very active corner with activities including prostitution and drug dealing since it opened last year. After leaving a community meeting in which many proprietors voted to remove the park benches to discourage loitering, Claudin proposed biweekly concerts so that the community could come around the park for recreational reasons.

Music this week comes from Jake Stilson and the Mi Mi Mis with "Black Lung."



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CALENDAR (26:50)

Two for Tuesdays at cultural institutions in GR
5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9
This upcoming Tuesday is the last Two for Tuesdays. Throughout the summer, cultural institutions in Grand Rapids have been offering a two-for-one admission deal on the second Tuesday of each month. August 9 is the last, and participating institutions include Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids Children's Museum, the Presidential Museum and John Ball Zoo. Stop by between 5-8 p.m. while the deal is in effect.

Students to premiere summer video projects at the CMC
7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10 at Wealthy Theatre (1130 Wealthy SE)
On Wednesday, the CMC's media education department will be unveiling new student projects. All summer, MOLLIE has been holding summer camps around video production, and the screening will take place at The Dirk Koning Microcinema at Wealthy Theatre.

The Rapidian out and about town
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