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Four Grand Rapids organizations to host Celebrate! Community Arts Day

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Artists Creating Together (ACT), the Girls Choral Academy, Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities (GAAH) and the Grand Rapids Ballet Company, will offer activities, workshops and performances at this free event.

On Saturday, March 28, four Grand Rapids arts organizations will collaborate to bring the 4th annual Celebrate! Community Arts Day at the Grand Rapids Ballet. This free event provides an opportunity for people of all ages to experience dance, music and visual art in a fun, unique learning environment. The organizations, including Artists Creating Together (ACT), the Girls Choral Academy, Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities (GAAH) and the Grand Rapids Ballet Company, will offer activities, workshops and performances.

Throughout the day, there will be opportunities to view a student art show, participate in dance and drumming workshops, engage in creative art-making activities and view performances by dance, choral and drumming groups from your community, and more! ACT’s Program Director, Katie Brower, sees this event as a great opportunity for the Grand Rapids community: “Art is the universal connector to bring people together. We look forward to a day of celebrating and honoring our community- our differences and similarities through art activities, musical and dance performances and workshops for the whole family.”

Celebrate! is a fine arts celebration that is open to all! Arts & Crafts and Face-painting will be going on throughout the day, in addition to an exciting list of workshops and activities. All activities take place inside of the Grand Rapids Ballet building.

1:00-1:20 Grandville Arts & Humanities (GAAH) Breakdancing performance

1:30-1:50 ACT Drum Troupe performance/Ballet workshop

2:00-2:20 Collaborative performance: ACTion Choir, Girls Choral Academy, GAAH dancers, Cook Arts puppets, ACT paper mache class, ACTion Drummers

2:30-2:50 Choir performances: ACTion Choir & Girls Choral Academy/ DJ workshop

3:00-3:20 GAAH performance/Drumming Workshop

3:30-4:00 GAAH performance/Karaoke Workshop

This event is free to the public. Come for one or two workshops and performances, or stay for the whole afternoon. Bring friends and family - the more the merrier!

For more information on the event visit or the ACT Facebook Page to join the event.

About Artists Creating Together (ACT):

ACT, a non-profit organization, brings children, youth and adults with disabilities together with artists, the arts and art projects.  ACT has been a part of the Kent County landscape since 1986. Today, ACT helps over 5,000 individuals from West and Northwest Michigan to celebrate, succeed and grow with art each year. Since its inception, ACT has benefited over 20,000 individuals with disabilities from throughout West Michigan.  


About The Girls Choral Academy (GCA):

The Girls Choral Academy touches and enhances the lives of children through music.  GCA offers a unique program of music for girls who love to sing and wish to grow not only musically, but personally, in self-esteem, and in leadership skills as well. They also focus on increasing math and reading comprehension in young children through music education.  Founded in 1997, the GCA is proud of the musical gift that they offer to the community of West Michigan.

About Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities (GAAH):

Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities operates the Cook Arts Center and the Cook Library Center. With a mission to transform lives in the Grandville Avenue neighborhood through reading and arts and celebrating the community’s cultural richness, GAAH strives to provide an enriching environment for children and adults in the neighborhood and beyond. The Cook Arts Center provides creative, diverse programs in a number of artistic disciplines, and the Cook Library is a community resource focused on literacy and intellectual development.

Grand Rapids Ballet:

Today, the professional company consists of 24 dancers, apprentices and trainees from around the world, under the leadership of Artistic Director Patricia Barker; Grand Rapids Ballet School has an enrollment of over 270 students taught by instructors from professional dance backgrounds; more than 1,500 students receive free introductory classes through the Dance Immersion program; and the educational programs GRB offers to the community are outstanding ways to foster the connection between the arts and education.

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