Dreams and Wings touches down, soars in Grand Rapids

by (David V. Urban)

Submitted 09-13-2012 under NEWS

Jack Lewis had always been adventurous. As a teen growing up on a farm, he rode horses bareback. As a young man, he drove race cars.  Then the accident happened. In 1981 Lewis, then 37, was working under his jacked-up pickup truck. The truck...

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Local nonprofit VSA changes name to "Artists Creating Together"

by (Artists Creatin...)

Submitted 03-05-2012 under NONPROFITS

Our long-term Grand Rapids-based art and disabilities non-profit VSA will now be known as Artists Creating Together (ACT). The name change to Artists Creating Together is a recommitment of our organization’s staff, volunteers and board members...

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Grand Rapids artist Derrick Hollowell’s big concept

by (Sandra Mitchell)

Submitted 07-13-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

Derrick Hollowell spends a lot of time thinking. The 46-year-old artist, musician, and teacher has spent much of his life expressing himself through paintings and music, but words don’t escape Derrick, either. Articulate and soulful, Derrick...

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Catalyst Radio: VSA Michigan GR

by (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 04-29-2011 under NONPROFITS

INTERVIEW (11:03) The Electric Junkyard Gamelan is traveling to GR for a Monday Hat Trick show to benefit VSA Grand Rapids. Executive Director Michele Suchovsky shares how the arts made it possible for a quadraplegic man to sign his name for...

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Family Hope Foundation provides relief for Grand Rapids families

by (cgedeon)

Submitted 04-19-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

This is Keagan. He is four years old, loves sports and Spider-man and was born three months early against all odds. When he was about six months old, he started to show signs of physical disability: not holding his head up, not wanting to grasp or...

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Catalyst Radio: ARC Kent County Monday night's beneficiary of WYCE's hat trick concert series

by (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 04-15-2011 under NONPROFITS

INTERVIEW (8:18) Music lovers, Hat Trick goers, this one's for you. As the beneficiary of the upcoming music concert at One Trick Pony, ARC Kent County's executive director joins us to share exactly what Monday night's donations will support. ARC...

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DSAWM observes National Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October

by (DSAWM)

Submitted 10-13-2010 under NONPROFITS

This October, the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan (DSAWM) in conjunction with the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) invites the community to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in recognition of the many achievements and abilities...

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A visit with Easter Seals

by (lkayi)

Submitted 09-15-2009 under LOCAL LIFE

On my way to Easter Seals to conduct the interview for this article, I had some time to kill so I swung by Barnes and Noble. There, I ran into my little buddy Andrew. Andrew, who is 5 and has Downs Syndrome, is also a client of Easter Seals and...

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