Avenue for the Arts

Local Artist Highlight: Kailey Smith-Barth

by (Avenueforthearts)

Submitted 01-14-2024 under NONPROFITS

From newcomer to belonging, Kailey Smith-Barth has found her ideal niche in Grand Rapids: an artist with a day job in the arts as Exhibitions and Internship Manager for ArtPrize. She’s modest about her own artwork and thinking about a new...

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Local Artist Highlight: The Skinny Limbs

by (Avenueforthearts)

Submitted 12-13-2023 under NONPROFITS

“I love it when friends say our songs are good to listen to on a relaxing evening drive,” says Max Knoth of The Skinny Limbs when asked what he wants his audience to experience. “It should be fun—never boring—and I hope...

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Local Artist Highlight: Jeff Ham Ceramics

by (Avenueforthearts)

Submitted 10-13-2023 under NONPROFITS

Living every artist’s dream in a bright spacious studio set into a gorgeous farm landscape, Jeff Ham devotes all of his working hours to creating stunning ceramic art. He fashions custom pottery in small order batches for Stoffer Home, a local...

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Community updates: Friday, Feb. 19

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 02-19-2021 under NEWS

City of Grand Rapids launches survey tool to regularly collect quick resident feedback The City of Grand Rapids will begin collecting quick resident responses on local issues through a newly-implemented surveying tool, it announced Wednesday. In...

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Community updates: Friday, July 17

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 07-17-2020 under NEWS

Gov. Whitmer clarifies Michigan face covering requirement Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order Friday clarifying Michigan’s face covering requirement in public indoor and crowded outdoor spaces, with more exceptions added. Under...

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Community updates: Wednesday, May 27

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 05-27-2020 under NEWS

Shared in this May 27 update are civic, economic, and public health developments impacting Grand Rapids residents from the State of Michigan, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., and Avenue for the Arts.   State of Michigan launches MI Safe Start Map...

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Heartside features clay studio artist market for July's First Friday event

by (Heartside Ministry)

Submitted 06-19-2018 under NONPROFITS

Through the Heartside Clay Studio, Heartside artists create pieces while learning various clay techniques such as hand building, potter’s wheel, applying glazes and stains. Heartside clay studio volunteers enjoy showing Heartside artists'...

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Art happens here 365 days a year

by (DwellingPlace)

Submitted 10-03-2017 under NONPROFITS

This time of year in Grand Rapids, it’s pretty much impossible to walk three feet without coming face to face with some kind of art. What many people who flock to this city this time of year for ArtPrize may not realize is that art lives and...

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Artist or activist? Creative voices inspire dialogue

by (DwellingPlace)

Submitted 09-26-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

The streets of Grand Rapids have been busier than normal this year, not with visitors to cultural events, parades or races, but with citizens protesting. From The Women’s Rights March to A Day Without Immigrants and the most recent DACA...

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Summer celebration along Downtown's South Division Avenue

by (DwellingPlace)

Submitted 08-01-2017 under NONPROFITS

Another sunny August in Grand Rapids marks the most exciting First Fridays event of the season: the 14th annual artist’s market, hosted by the Avenue for the Arts. First Fridays is a monthly event held in the business corridor along South...

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