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Daughter of President Gerald R. Ford speaks at Heart Ball

by (Cass LaMacchia)

Submitted 06-06-2013 under NEWS

Susan Ford Bales, daughter of President Gerald R. Ford and Mrs. Betty Ford, spoke of her family's shared battle against heart disease on Tuesday evening during the American Heart Association’s 2013 Heart Ball. The JW Marriot ballroom held...

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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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