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The Rapidian to celebrate five years at historic downtown hotel

The Rapidian will celebrate five years of citizen journalism on Tuesday, September 23, at the historic downtown Morton Hotel during the SiTE:LAB exhibition preview. All proceeds will go to raise awareness about citizen journalism and engagement on The Rapidian.

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Raise a glass to The Rapidian!

When: Tuesday, September 23
Where: The Morton GR, 55 Ionia Ave
Time: 6-11 p.m.
Tickets: $25/advance; $30/at-the-door

/Jason Hite

/Jason Hite

On Tuesday, September 23 from 6-11 p.m., SiTE:LAB will hold their yearly "ArtPrize Eve" preview of their 2014 ArtPrize artists and their pieces, this year taking over the historic Morton Hotel, some of which has not seen the light of day in over 40 years. This year, the event will also serve as a benefit for local nonprofit CMC's The Rapidian. The event coincides with The Rapidian's five year milestone of being Grand Rapids' hyperlocal citizen journalism news source. 

In addition to celebrating citizen journalism, the ticketed event will include beverages and appetizers provided by BarFly Ventures, two rare live performances by Dance in the Annex (DITA), and even a "birthday" cake to celebrate five years of our citizen journalism platform being available to the community.

Rapidian volunteers will also have a story fort set up from 7-9 p.m., during which attendees will be able to share their memories about The Morton, downtown, ArtPrize and their thoughts and experiences about The Rapidian’s impact in their city. The story fort is part of Story Matters, a story-collecting project from The Rapidian and Grand Rapids Community Media Center’s GRTV.

In its inaugural year, the community news source published just over 200 articles in just three and a half months. Today, The Rapidian boasts a proud 770 articles in just the first nine months alone.

"We are looking forward to celebrating our five year anniversary with the community that has helped make us such a strong force in citizen journalism,” says Holly Bechiri, Rapidian managing editor. “It is because of the support and involvement of our local citizens that The Rapidian continues to grow and be a catalyst for community engagement and investment."

Tickets to the event can be purchased on Eventbrite. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. All proceeds benefit The Rapidian.

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