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Avenue for the Arts to celebrate emerging local artists in First Friday event

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 11-03-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

For over a decade, The Avenue for the Arts has played a critical role in providing artists with various opportunities to showcase. Events tailored to provide artists with the opportunity to display their artwork include Art Downtown,...

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New coffee shop ups brewing game

by (averym92)

Submitted 10-27-2015 under NEWS

Jam N Bean (161 Ottawa Ave NW) has only been open a few weeks, but it is already one of two locations in the Grand Rapids area, an ArtPrize venue, and a leader in new brewing methods. The shop on Ottawa opened on September 1, and it currently has...

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Go Orange on WOOD TV with Feeding America West Michigan

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 09-22-2015 under

Feeding America West Michigan is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to be part of the live audience during the WOOD TV 8 ArtPrize broadcast on Monday, Sept. 28. Our organization will be featured throughout the broadcast. Members of the live...

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Teens liven downtown with mini murals

by (wmcat)

Submitted 08-26-2015 under NONPROFITS

In partnership with Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., six teen artists from the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology painted murals on utility boxes in the downtown core to honor public figures with a commitment to social justice. The teens worked...

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GRJazzFest returns to downtown Grand Rapids

by (Jkaufman17)

Submitted 08-13-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

On August 15 and 16, the GRJazzFest will make its fourth annual run at Rosa Parks Circle. West Michigan’s only free weekend-long jazz festival provides an authentic jazz experience while pulling together disparate corners of the community....

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Local musicians work to promote supplemental education programs

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 08-04-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

As Hugo Claudin, proprietor of multi-dimensional creative space Mexicains Sans Frontieres, painter, musician and veteran of Grand Rapids art scene puts it, “While we promote the arts and education, little effort is made to promote individual...

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New app-driven bike sharing program comes to Grand Rapids

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 07-28-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Spokefly is a new bike sharing program that has just started in Grand Rapids, making it possible for residents to "rent a bike instantly from your phone," according to their website. The concept was made reality through the a collaboration...

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Time to review GR Forward

by (DowntownGR)

Submitted 07-21-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Downtown, everybody’s neighborhood, is changing and growing for the better- and Grand Rapidians right now have a unique opportunity to shape its future. GR Forward is a once-in-a-generation initiative to prepare a community plan and...

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Dear First Grade Journal - "Junie B. Jones: The Musical" is coming to HSRT!

by (HSRTheatre)

Submitted 07-11-2015 under NONPROFITS

HOLLAND, MI - Hope Summer Repertory Theatre’s Children’s Performance Troupe is ecstatic to present “Junie B. Jones: The Musical,” written by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, and adapted from the New York Times bestselling...

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Weekly swing event continues to attract hundreds, even with shifting locations

by (shardaisy)

Submitted 06-24-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Every Tuesday night during the summer from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., swing dancing takes place in various locations, including Rosa Parks Circle. Steve Zaagman brings thousands of people from different Grand Rapids neighborhoods together with free swing...

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