Festival of the Arts

A look back at Festival of the Arts' first 50 years

by (ArtswriterGR)

Submitted 06-05-2019 under NEWS

Fifty years ago downtown Grand Rapids was in the midst of urban renewal. In June 1969, in front of the new Grand Rapids City Hall, a massive work of abstract sculpture by American artist Alexander Calder titled “La Grande Vitesse” was...

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Festival of the Arts announces honorary co-chairs for 50th year

by (ric72528)

Submitted 09-10-2018 under NONPROFITS

Festival of the Arts is excited to announce its honorary co-chairs for the event’s 50th year – Glenn Del Vecchio, Executive Director for Grand Rapids Ballet and James Sofranko, the new Artistic Director for Grand Rapids Ballet. The...

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2018 Festival of the Arts celebrates rich tradition and new additions

by (ric72528)

Submitted 05-31-2018 under NONPROFITS

Organizers and volunteers are working hard to prepare for the 49th annual Festival of the Arts taking place on June 1, 2 and 3 in downtown Grand Rapids. Check out the 2018 program, lineup of food booths, performance schedule and map to plan your...

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Freedom from fear: Musician/dancer shares his art of achieving what was thought impossible

by (katelewisceramics)

Submitted 12-31-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Shamar Alef Ben-Yasara’El, given name William Griffin III, was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Starting at a young age, his mother enrolled him in summer art classes at Kendall. He was a member of the Grand Rapids Ballet ...

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UICA continues showcase of selected work for Festival of the Arts through July 26

by (Gabi Brown)

Submitted 06-24-2015 under NEWS

The 46th annual Festival of the Arts’ Regional Art Exhibition held its opening reception at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (2 Fulton Street SE) for the third year on Thursday, June 3- but it will remain available to the...

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Volunteers, sunshine brighten this year's Festival of the Arts

by (magical)

Submitted 06-13-2013 under NEWS

The weather cooperated with this year's Festival of The Arts in downtown Grand Rapids. Festival 2013 was held on June 7, 8 and 9, and although clouds appeared over head, the rain held out for the annual three day event. Many volunteers and...

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Beatles tribute band, author Wade Rouse highlight Bookfest

by (yuengerr)

Submitted 06-07-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

At 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, the folk-pop band Ribbons of Song took the stage at Bookfest to a crowd of both friends and strangers. Bookfest, an adjunct to Festival of the Arts, took place in a tent outside the Grand Rapids Public Library. The...

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Nonprofit organizations set up food booths for Festival of the Arts

by (ulrichb)

Submitted 05-31-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

From a pita stuffed with lamb to a double scoop of Superman ice cream escaping down the sides of a waffle cone, Festival of the Arts this weekend is the perfect scene for anyone with a growling stomach. Although music and art hold a powerful...

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Festival of the Arts highlights musicians on four stages

by (Holly)

Submitted 05-31-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

Festival of the Arts is known for its arts competition, the festival food and just as noticeably, its free entertainment on multiple stages for three days straight. Music ranges widely: acapella, gospel, pop punk, traditional jazz and blues,...

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The many arts of Festival of the Arts

by (stukkien)

Submitted 05-31-2012 under NEWS

This Friday at 11:45 a.m., Grand Rapids will start its annual  Festival of the Arts. This will be the 43rd year in a row the city has done this celebratory weekend dedicated to the arts. The festival will feature a Regional Art Competition, art...

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