The Rapidian


New Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities CEO has 30 years of experience teaching youth

Submitted 03-13-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

New chief executive officer Roberto Jara will oversee Cook Library Center and the Cook Arts Center


ACT students explore abstract expressions

Submitted 03-13-2018 under NONPROFITS

This winter, ACT students have been empowered to express themselves through Abstract Painting with Becky Baker.


Vault of Midnight puts local creators on the shelves

Submitted 03-13-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Vault of Midnight's "small and local press" section gives local artists exposure and a chance to grow.


Ethics and Religion Talk: Is there one true religion? Part 1

Submitted 03-12-2018 under OPINION

All of the major religions say ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ Jesus said to ‘Love one another and that, of faith, hope and charity, love is the greatest of these.’ So why do they also say that their religion is the ‘one, true religion,’ when they all share the same premise?


The Walk for Good Food: Access celebrates legacy of Hunger Walk with name change

Submitted 03-09-2018 under NONPROFITS

In changing the name of the annual Hunger Walk to the Walk for Good Food, Access of West Michigan celebrates forty years of food reform, looking ahead to future progress.


Artist feature from UICA: Jordan Gaza

Submitted 03-06-2018 under NONPROFITS

Jordan Gaza graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University's Illustration program in 2016 and has been living in Grand Rapids ever since. Primarily working digitally and with gouache paint, Gaza's illustrations are both vulnerable and sincere.


Grand Rapids, get ready to laugh

Submitted 03-06-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

Comedic 10-day festival boasts 150 free and ticketed events with over 40 different venues for various fun-loving crowds.


Jewish Theatre's production of Torch Song Trilogy full of laughter and heartfelt emotion

Submitted 03-05-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

The story centers on a New York, Jewish, homosexual, drag queen, torch singer who struggles to cope with the tragic loss of his life partner, learns to be an effective parent to his adopted son and is forced to deal with his own mother’s intolerance.


Ethics and Religion Talk: Does your tradition believe in saints?

Submitted 03-05-2018 under OPINION

I'd like to know the different ways Christians see saints; and I'd also appreciate hearing from non-Christians about their traditions and whether or not they have a concept of sainthood.


Cameron Esposito joins LaughFest 2018 to talk about the importance of honest conversation and laughter

Submitted 03-02-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

"I don't think we have gotten to a place where we can talk about community as it really is." Cameron Esposito talks about community.