With the help of a $1 million grant from the Wege Foundation, the Grand Rapids Symphony is creating a 21st-century orchestra to serve not only classical music lovers but the community as a whole.
Tarana Burke, the founder of #MeToo, is headed to Grand Rapids in November.
ArtPrize has taken Grand Rapids by storm. Flooding downtown with people for three weeks in the fall, but that yearly onslaught is about to change.
West Michigan artist Michael Peoples’ iconic, candy-colored art pieces that take on the form of everyday objects are hard to miss. Perhaps you remember the ducks that scaled the walls of the UICA above the upper-level staircase or the gnomes that marched in a line at the Kendall College of Art and Design a couple ArtPrize’s ago.
Calling all artists, creative spirits, and innovative thinkers – Muse GR is a new, interactive art gallery that will be a blank canvas for all your artistic endeavors. Combining photography, art, education, and community events, Muse GR was founded to inspire and invite artists to learn from one another and collaborate with other creatives around West Michigan.
Did you ever roll up your hair around orange juice cans and then try to sleep on them?
Lamont Montrell Arrington took home this year’s first place award in the Kent County Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition for his poem “Niggas in Paradise.” The piece is a reflection on the “harsh realities” of the African American experience.
There is a new man behind the curtain at the Festival of the Arts. Announced as its first-ever interim executive director for the Festival of the Arts, David Abbott plans to sustain the legacy of this festival into its 50th year and beyond.
Contemporary sculptor Masayuki Koorida’s work, “Existence,” already sits among the eight-acre Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden, but now, visitors can see a full exhibit of his work.
In 2014, Anila Quayyum Agha’s entry “Intersections,” displayed at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, won the ArtPrize Public Vote and Juried Grand Prize, the first and only time in the international art competition’s history.