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"Few cities anywhere do more to celebrate creativity than Michigan's second largest Metropolis," reported Men's Journal in a 2011 profile of Grand Rapids. It's true - the city has long been a mecca for those who create art and those who appreciate it.
In fact, the symbol of the city is a work of art: Alexander Calder's "La Grande Vitesse" sculpture. Roughly translated as "The Great Swiftness," evoking the Grand River that runs through downtown, the sculpture stands 54 feet long, 43 feet high and 30 feet wide. It was installed in front of City Hall in 1969, where it still stands, and its likeness appears on everything from letterhead to street signs to garbage trucks.
Known simply as "The Calder" to area residents, this was the very first civic sculpture jointly financed by the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and private funds. It ushered in a new era for art in Grand Rapids and inspired our annual Festival of the Arts celebration, which encompasses 10 city blocks surrounding the Calder and is attended by a half-million people every year.
Today, Grand Rapids is a destination for every kind of art - from visual to performing, from traditional to cutting-edge. It's also forged a new model for the business of art. Creative people come here to attend Kendall College of Art & Design, which in addition to fine arts instruction is known for the quality of its education and alumni in furniture and industrial design. This is the center of the office furniture industry and the birthplace of such iconic designs as the Herman Miller Aeron Chair and Steelcase Think Chair. Several area employers have joined together to create GRid70, a collaborative think tank in which designers and staff from different corporations rub shoulders and draw inspiration from each other.
GRid70 has helped reinforce the city's status as a creative center - and it's one more reason Grand Rapids is a magnet for the "creative class."
Downtown GR is a feast for the eyes, with sculptures, murals and historic buildings on virtually every corner. Just a few minutes away, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park features large-scale sculptures in stunning natural settings. Download a walking map of downtown art and take the GR Tag Tour of significant sites.
The world's richest, most radically open art competition takes place every autumn in Grand Rapids. More than 1,700 painters, sculptors, performing artists and other creative types display their work around the city for all to see - and everyone votes on who will win the $350,000 prize money. Discover more about ArtPrize here.
Take a walk on the cultural side: the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids Children's Museum, Gerald. R. Ford Presidential Museum and Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts are all within a ten-minute stroll of each other in downtown GR.
Professional ballet, opera and symphony companies, several outstanding community theatres, and two mega-capacity performance venues ensure a steady stream of top-flight entertainment - from Lady Gaga to La Boheme. Check the performance schedule for your stay.
A vital contemporary art scene begins with downtown's Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and extends to the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and various art neighborhoods. Thousands of residents regularly participate in grand-scale art experiments like "chalk floods" and "zombie walks."
A thriving local music scene finds expression in clubs and bars throughout the city, from live jazz nights to "acoustic stews." Outdoor concerts run the gamut from free "Blues on the Mall" events in downtown GR to a Summer Concert Series on the lush grounds of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.
See more for less! Culture Pass GR offers exclusive specials and discounts at more than 20 area institutions. Get a free Culture Pass when you book select hotel packages.
Kendall College of Art & Design offers a fashion design degree in partnership with New York City's famed Parsons School for Design. Local designer Pamela DeVos creates clothing for some of the world's most famous women, while homegrown boutiques like Renee Austin dress local women in designer wear.
Local artists ply their trade and sell their work in distinct creative hubs around the city, including Avenue of the Arts, East Grand Rapids, Eastown and Uptown. Check out area galleries.
Impress that special someone with a relaxing evening away from home, and dinner & a movie too! Package includes a night in one of our king suites with a complimentary breakfast buffet, access to the indoor pool & whirlpool, $25 gift certificate to Twisted Rooster (www.twisted-rooster.com) , and 2 tickets to Celebration Cinema. Package starts at $164 p/tax. Peace & Quiet - Priceless!
Includes overnight accommodations, a $25.00 Old Chicago Certificate, complimentary round trip shuttle transportation, and two adult passes to Frederik Meijer Gardens (children’s passes available at ticket counter at gardens) starting at $139.00.
Package includes: Weekday $129 Weekend $149 Room with a King bed or 2 Double beds with a River view (Based on availability). 2 Admission tickets to one of the following Grand Rapids attractions: *Frederick Meijer Gardens *Grand Rapids Art Museum *Gerald R. Ford Museum Free breakfast vouchers for up to 2 Adults and 2 Children in The Landing Restaurant. Complimentary late check out up to 1:00 pm.