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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.
Includes a $40 breakfast credit, self or valet parking at the hotel, One Culture Pass Grand Rapids, and a 20% discount to Plaza Essentials and the Plaza Men's Store.
Includes a $40 gift card for breakfast, self or valet parking at the hotel, one Culture Pass Grand Rapids that gives you discounts to many of the areas top attractions, a 20% discount at Plaza Essentials and Plaza Men's Store and use of the Plaza Fitness Center
Included is our hot and cold deluxe breakfast buffet, two tickets to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, one Culture Pass with discounts to over 20 cultural locations in and around Grand Rapids, complimentary parking, and wireless internet. Package starts at $129.99 p/tax.
Includes one Culture Pass GR, hot breakfast for 2 adults and children 12 and under registered to the same room and self or valet parking at the hotel.
Play tourist - Take in all the well-known and little-known sights while you soak up local culture. The Culture Pass GR Package includes: - Deluxe Accommodations - One Culture Pass Grand Rapids featuring promotions and discounts at many area attractions (Visit www.culturepassgr.com for offer details) - Hot breakfast for two adults and two children 12 years of age and under registered in the same room in the Bistro - Self parking for one vehicle in the hotel ramp - Not valid for groups of 10 or more
Get Cultured in Grand Rapids! Included in this package are overnight accommodations at our newly renovated upscale extended stay hotel, hot breakfast buffet daily, dinner Monday thru Thursday, Buy One-Get One Free pass from Fredrik Meijer Gardens and discount passes to over 20 area non-profit arts and cultural organizations.
Enjoy one Culture Pass per stay, per guestroom. Valid for special offers with a number of participating venues in downtown Grand Rapids. For a current list of venues visit www.culturepassgr.com. Call to Book Now! 616-724-1234 ext. 0 or 1-888-HYATT-HP
Discover Grand Rapids Play tourist. Take in all the well-known and little-known sights while you soak up local culture. Includes all of the following: - Deluxe Accommodations (1 King or 2 Queen Beds) - One Culture Pass Grand Rapids featuring promotions and discounts at many area attractions (Visit www.culturepassgr.com for offer details) - Breakfast buffet for two adults and two children 12 years of age and under registered in the same room in Six One Six (Not valid for a la carte or In-Room Dining) - Self parking for one vehicle (USD16.00 value)
Includes one Culture Pass GR, breakfast buffet in six.one.six for 2 adults and children 12 and under registered to the same room and self parking in the hotel ramp.
Experience the culture of Grand Rapids! Reserve a one night stay in a king or two queens and enjoy the complimentary breakfast, wireless internet, peaceful surroundings, and close distance to all of the Grand Rapids Culture.
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 $119.00 Weekend $139.00 Room with a King bed of 2 Double beds with a River view (based on availability) Free breakfast vouchers for up to 2 adults and 2 children in The Landing Restaurant. One Complimentary Culture Pass Grand Rapids; giving discounts and special offers from 24 local organizations. Complimentary late check out up to 1:00 pm.
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.