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Get cultured: September 15-22

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It’s time to get cultured, Grand Rapids! Here to help you do just that is our weekly newsletter, highlighting arts and culture events, exhibits and opportunities for the upcoming week.
Clement Meadmore’s “Split Ring” in the front, “La Grand Vitesse by Alexander Calder across the street

Clement Meadmore’s “Split Ring” in the front, “La Grand Vitesse by Alexander Calder across the street /Lucas Schurkamp

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GRAM’s exhibit for ArtPrize, “Past, Present, Future” is up and crowd-free for you right now.

GRAM’s exhibit for ArtPrize, “Past, Present, Future” is up and crowd-free for you right now. /Courtesy of Grand Rapids Art Museum

It’s time to get cultured, Grand Rapids! Here to help you do just that is our weekly newsletter, highlighting arts and culture events, exhibits and opportunities for the upcoming week.Take a peek, pick a few ways you can get yourself cultured this week:

Public art is big these days

We do love our public art. It’s in our DNA, for generations. This year is no exception. Meadmore’s “Split” Ring” was moved back into town and inspired us to create a nod to it in our logo.

Murals are popping up everywhere, from the side of a restaurant to vast swaths of until-now blank walls of the Ballet. Fall is beautiful in Michigan; why not go for a Sunday stroll and enjoy some outdoor art?

Louise ‘Ouizi’ Chen’s mural on the wall of the Grand Rapids Ballet, commissioned by UICA as part of their Exit Space project
Cottage Bar’s yearly mural entry in ArtPrize, this year by Keith Haring-inspired artist Andee Rudloff
Local artist Erick Picardo’s new mural at Ricon Criollo is officially unveiled this weekend

It's coming, it's cooooming!

Get ready for ArtPrize, when hundreds of thousands of people swarm downtown to get cultured. Before you give in and join the fray, here’s some options to help you get ready, and even get a jump on the voting masses.

Get a peek at “superusted” at UICA before it’s only available by docent tours
Listen to artists talk about their work at the GRAM — tonight! or visit them Friday night for their opening member party or phase 2 of the celebration,GRAM After Dark, open to the public
ArtPrize Preview Week is something new this year that gives you a chance to see much of the entries before voting even begins. Beat the crowds and visit a long list of venues now (see the article for the full list)

Don't be so dramatic

Grand Rapids has plenty of great theatre, and this weekend is no exception:

Jewish Theatre presents “Brill,” setting the stage in a building in New York that was a factory of popular music in the early 60’s
Good People” at Civic Theatre approaches intersections of disability, class, and more—with humor
Rock of Ages,” a musical at Circle Theatre, brings us right back to 1987 on the Sunset Strip

 

Now go! Get out there and get cultured!

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