Social justice and passion have always been a part of Janay Brower’s work. Before starting Public Thread, she worked for the city of Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Area Coalition to End Homelessness, doing systems change and public policy work. But despite the work she was doing, Brower wanted to find a way to foster deeper systemic change.
The musical “On Your Feet!” opened yesterday at DeVos Performance Hall as part of the Broadway Grand Rapids Series. Love, passion, perseverance and a great beat underlie the musical — the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. The couple broke barriers, emigrating from Cuba to the United States and eventually becoming a pop sensation, with their music crossing lines between English and Spanish sounds and beats.
Walking through the doors of Nomad Gallery at The Morton, 55 Ionia Ave. NW, visitors can reimagine the space as it was in the 1920s, The Morton Hotel. What was once a grand lobby filled with wandering guests is now a vast space filled with art.