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Connection through expression: Building community through art

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 01-03-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

Grand Rapids, like all cities, is a fluid place made of schools, businesses, buildings, and most importantly: people. The city, especially the corridor between Fulton Street and Wealthy Street referred to as “the Avenue for the Arts," has...

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GRAAMA Royal Opening centers offerings of local African-Americans

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 12-20-2016 under NEWS

Until now, there have been few places to learn about the very first African-Americans to live in Grand Rapids. The Dutch heritage of early West Michigan settlers is often a driving narrative of Grand Rapids history, as well as that of Polish and...

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Live art, music create win for equity at Race Together

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 12-09-2016 under NEWS

Surrounded by party-goers with cocktails in their hands, artist J.A. Medcalf worked steadily at his easel with a palette of browns, reds and blues for over three hours. The music of Vox Vidorra played in the background, spirited and soulful,...

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Amid post-election tension, Race Together to celebrate equity

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 12-06-2016 under NEWS

In these post-election days of increased harassment for members of marginalized communities, Partners for a Racism-Free Community (PRFC) is hosting a celebration of the racial, ethnic and religious diversity of West Michigan. Anyone who wants to...

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How to always be seeking: Using zines to find community

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 12-06-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Grand Rapids has developed a culture of artists who are dedicated to the making and distribution of zines. The rough and unpolished branch of self-publishing, zines are little books or pamphlets made on a small scale, with the intention of being...

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Creative writing and music students team up for genre-bending performance

by (carly.schweppe)

Submitted 11-30-2016 under NEWS

Students at the Creative Youth Center and Triumph Music Academy are coming together for a brand new collaborative project, a free night of Spoken Word + Music. On December 16, CYC students will perform original poetry at the Wealthy Theatre Annex...

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Local artist finds inspiration in moths, praying mantises, mysteries of tarot cards

by (John Kissane)

Submitted 11-28-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

"I always wanted to be an artist. Well, or a ballerina," Molly Vega Burgess laughs. "Because you're supposed to." We are standing in her studio, a windowed but curtainless room on the second floor of her home. The minimal...

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Local playlist: A world of music through WYCE

by (carly.schweppe)

Submitted 11-21-2016 under NEWS

WYCE 88.1fm is Grand Rapids' commercial-free community radio station, a service of Grand Rapids Community Media Center, celebrating 30 years in 2017. Quinn Mathews began his role as station manager this past summer. He’s the host of GR...

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Heartside Ministry expands art display space with new gallery inside Downtown Market

by (Downtown Market GR)

Submitted 11-08-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

As most of the pop-up art galleries created for ArtPrize were taken down last month across the city, a new, permanent gallery was being created at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. The Downtown Market and Heartside Ministry have partnered to debut a...

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Black Friday (& Saturday) Indoor Tent Sale

by (Megan Dupuy)

Submitted 11-07-2016 under

Avoid the craziness of the mall, shop small business and support artists! Looking to decorate on a budget? Score amazing deals on unique gifts for yourself or others on your holiday shopping list. Great deals on our overstock of artwork*, frames,...

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