Books & Mortar is beginning a second chapter. Two years after opening the business, the founders of the neighborhood bookstore, Jonathan Shotwell and Christopher Roe, announced earlier this week via email that they’ve sold the store to Jenny Kinne.
Colby Roanhorse said he wanted to leave a “permanent trace on Grand Rapids,” and after participating in the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art’s “UICA Outside,” public arts initiative, he hasn’t left just a trace—he’s left a narrative.
Over the weekend, ArtPrize 10 announced the winners of $500,000 in prizes.
Megan Galvin is a recent visual studies graduate from Grand Valley State University on a mission to remind us all to keep re-imagining the world. “I am interested in how and when people feel a sense of togetherness, and I want to investigate and celebrate that in my work,” she said.
For five years, The Diatribe, a local non-profit organization specializing in teaching poetry and spoken word, has been empowering the voices of Grand Rapids’ youth by giving young minds a platform to share their stories and express their true selves. On Saturday, Oct. 6, The Diatribe will create a stage for both local and nationally recognized poets with The Grand Showcase 2018 at Fountain Street Church.
A group of artists came together over the past month to create a mural on the backside of furniture showroom and retailer Stonesthrow in the Creston neighborhood as part of “UICA Outdoors,” the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts’ ArtPrize 10 project.
Round 1 of public voting has concluded and the field of ArtPrize 10 contenders has narrowed once again.
Returning for its third year is the ArtPrize Featured Public Projects program, which awards grants to five artists or collaboratives from around the country to install large-scale public art projects at prominent outdoor spaces within the ArtPrize district.
Inspired by birds and their migratory patterns, local artist Nick Nortier created a mural at Creston Market that serves as a metaphor for immigration, refuge and community.
Veronica Kirin is the author of the new book “Stories of Elders: What the Greatest Generation Knows About Technology that You Don’t.” As the title suggests, Kirin interviewed people of the older generation all across the country about how technology has changed our lives.