The Rapidian


Ralston Bowles to play Local First Street Party

by (Ben Snider)

Submitted 05-29-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

Ralston Bowles, who will be playing the Local First Street Party on June 1 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in front of Bistro Bella Vita, 44 Grandville Ave. SW, sees it as more than just a show. “I guess I see the event as a way of raising...

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State Street gets its life back through re//STATE

by (shannoncunningham)

Submitted 05-17-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

As much as we hate to see it, every city has them: streets that, over time, have transformed from bustling economic hubs to vast, desolate concrete waste. Their public green spaces become neglected, morphing into empty parking lots while their...

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D/E/C showcases local creative entrepreneurs

by (Samantha Macy)

Submitted 04-01-2013 under NEWS

Design/Educate/Connect partners with the GRAM to showcase local entrepreneurs who bridge the gap between design and business. On March 22, the third annual D/E/C event featured seven business owners. One characteristic of D/E/C is the fact that the...

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New building marks new era for Acton Institute

by (David V. Urban)

Submitted 03-13-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

March 6 marked the beginning of Acton Institute’s active use of its new home, a now-renovated former department store and office building at 98 E. Fulton St.  The institute was formerly housed in leased space at the Waters Building...

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616 Lofts fosters community in downtown Grand Rapids

by (Renato)

Submitted 01-25-2013 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Derek J. Coppess created 616 Lofts in 2009 with the intention to build a vibrant residential community in downtown Grand Rapids. Judging by the recent success of such projects as the 616 Lofts above Grand Rapids Brewing Company at 1 Ionia Ave and...

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The Artists of Heartside Gallery and Studio--Crystal McGinn

by (Heartside Galle...)

Submitted 01-04-2013 under NONPROFITS

Our featured artist for January is Crystal McGinn. Here is a little about the artist, in her own words:   My name is Crystal McGinn. I’ve loved to draw pretty much my whole life, and I’ve been coming to Heartside Studio since late...

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Glancing back, looking forward on the Avenue

by (DWalsh)

Submitted 11-02-2012 under OPINION

When I moved into a live/work space in Martineau Apartments last year, artists had already been on Division Avenue for years, acting as agents of change alongside tenacious business and building owners. I was very excited to join the ranks of this...

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Design West Michigan hosts a talk about art versus design

by (Samantha Macy)

Submitted 09-12-2012 under OPINION

Thursday night at Kendall's newly rennovated Federal Building, Design West Michigan hosted a panel discussion with Andrew Blauvelt and Joseph Rosa, with Susan Szenasy moderating. The topic was “The Difference Between Art and Design”...

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New mural to be celebrated at 106 S. Division

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 08-06-2012 under NONPROFITS

This summer has been a hot one—but there is no cooler place to beat the heat than the Avenue for the Arts. This Thursday, August 9 starting at 6:00 p.m. in the 106 South Division Parking lot, the Avenue will welcome its newest addition: a...

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The Artists of Heartside Gallery and Studio-- Don Petz

by (Heartside Galle...)

Submitted 08-01-2012 under NONPROFITS

Our featured artist for August is Don Petz. Here is the artist’s story in his own words: My name’s Don Petz and I’ve been coming to Heartside for a month now. I bring my crochet supplies here and do my work almost every day of the...

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