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St. Cecilia Music Center presents GRAMMY® Award-winning Blind Boys of Alabama on December 5, 2023

Submitted 11-27-2023 under NONPROFITS

The Blind Boys of Alabama will perform their exciting holiday Christmas Show at St. Cecilia Music Center on December 5th!


Local Artist Highlight: Michele Bosak, Exhibitions Director at Kendall College of Art and Design

Submitted 11-13-2023 under NONPROFITS

Proving that every ending is a beginning, Michele Bosak is transforming what were the Fed Galleries (and briefly UICA) into an experimental gallery space for design collaboration. Co-located with the KCAD FlexLab, the FlexGallery will enhance Kendall design programs. Interview by Pamela MacDougal.


St. Cecilia Music Center brings the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in Concert on November 9, 2023, continuing their 12-year Partnership

Submitted 10-26-2023 under NONPROFITS

Co-Artistic Directors of CMS – Pianist Wu Han, Cellist David Finckel – with Violinist Arnaud Sussman will delight the audience with an exquisite evening of Haydn and Beethoven trios.


St. Cecilia Music Center brings Jerry Douglas, Dobro Guitar Master and 15-time GRAMMY® Award-winning Artist, to perform a special duo show with bassist Daniel Kimbro on November 16, 2023

Submitted 10-26-2023 under NONPROFITS

The amazing Jerry Douglas is to the resonator guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar, elevating, transforming, and reinventing the instrument in countless ways. Douglas masterfully incorporates elements of country, bluegrass, rock, jazz, blues, and Celtic into his music.


Grand Rapids Art Museum Presents First Annual LEGO Celebration

Submitted 10-20-2023 under NONPROFITS

Brick by Brick: The Creative Art of LEGO® opens Saturday, Nov. 4


Family Futures and Garfield Neighborhoods Association host Trunk or Treat for Child Safety

Submitted 10-17-2023 under NONPROFITS

Candy, learning kits, and free family fun!


Local Artist Highlight: Jeff Ham Ceramics

Submitted 10-13-2023 under NONPROFITS

Avenue for the Arts investigates how the wheel spins with west Michigan potter Jeff Ham. Interview by Pamela MacDougal.


Grand Rapids Art Museum Opens Underneath Everything: Humility and Grandeur in Contemporary Ceramics

Submitted 10-10-2023 under NONPROFITS

Exhibition includes work by Ai Weiwei, Theaster Gates, Katayoun Amjadi, Donte K. Hayes, and more.



Submitted 10-02-2023 under NONPROFITS

The program helps provide Christmas gifts for hundreds of thousands of children across the country each year. The application registration period for those in need of assistance opened in Kent County Sunday October 1st and runs through December 8th.


No-cost in-person High Blood Pressure Control workshops in Cascade area and online still have openings

Submitted 09-27-2023 under NONPROFITS

Overview of upcoming no-cost in-person High Blood Pressure Control workshop presented in Cascade area of Grand Rapids by The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. Additional online workshops for type 2 diabetes, chronic pain. kidney disease.<!--break-->