Cool City. Hot Art – The Grand Rapids Art Scene

Find out what makes Grand Rapids a mecca for art, from outdoor sculptures, live music & museums to large scale art events such as ArtPrize. Read our blogs below for the latest news or check out for more detailed information.

Grand Rapids Public Museum Hosts King Tut’s Tomb and the 1920’s

by Amy Busse May 21, 2015

  With a mysterious death and unidentified parentage, King Tut still has people talking. The conversation continues with the Great Lakes regional debut of The Discovery of King Tut May 16 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Making only the third stop on its US tour, The Discovery of King Tut combines media and over […]

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Great Food, Lively Entertainment, and All Kinds of Art: It’s Time for Festival

by Kirsetin Morello May 19, 2015

Get ready for three days of fun in downtown Grand Rapids: the 46th annual Festival of the Arts starts at noon on Friday, June 5 and runs through Sunday, June 7. Streets downtown will be shut down so you can enjoy free arts and entertainment for the entire weekend while you tempt your taste buds with […]

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10 Things You Never Knew About Greater Grand Rapids

by Ian Douglass April 30, 2015

Everyone has heard about how Grand Rapids is “Furniture City,” the home of Amway and Meijer, and the land of cyclopean church buildings. However, quite a diverse mix of attractions has been added to Grand Rapids and its surrounding region in recent years, and both locals and tourists have taken note of the changes. So, […]

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Get Ready to be Wowed by the Creativity and Performers in LiveArts

by Kirsetin Morello April 23, 2015

Friday, April 24 at 8:00 p.m., you can experience LiveArts at the Van Andel Arena. It’s an incredibly collaborative production filled with creative elements that are sure to inspire you, surprise you, touch your heart and keep you thinking long after you leave the arena. The Grand Rapids Symphony, the Symphony Chorus, Grand Rapids Ballet, Opera […]

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You’ll be Dazzled by the 1000 Students Involved in LiveArts

by Kirsetin Morello April 9, 2015

The Grand Rapids Symphony has a rich history of reaching out to kids through engaging programs like their annual Lollipop concerts, which my kids attended and loved for years, and the Fifth Grade Concerts as well as programs like their Mosaic Scholarship and their Artists in Residence program. “Each year we reach over 70,000 students […]

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Museums, Arts and More: Cultural Events You Won’t Want to Miss This Spring

by Kirsetin Morello April 2, 2015

    As the weather heats up, so is the arts and culture scene in Grand Rapids. This spring the city is boasting several events you definitely won’t want to miss! For starters, mark your calendar for FREE admission to five Grand Rapids museums on Sunday, April 26. Free Museums For All! Grand Rapids is lucky […]

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2015 Inaugural DisArt Festival

by Lyndsay Israel March 19, 2015

Grand Rapids is known for an abundance of ART.  ArtPrize, the radically open art competition every fall, has put our museums on the map, but other events like Festival of the Arts have generated a year-long celebration of local and distance artists and their work.  This year, the tradition of impressive artists and their contributions continues […]

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Why you won’t want to miss LiveArts: “It’s a moment that lasts beyond the moment.”

by Kirsetin Morello March 5, 2015

On April 24th at 8:00 pm an event is taking place at the Van Andel Arena that you absolutely don’t want to miss. That night you can immerse yourself in an experience called LiveArts, an event unlike any other, for which the Grand Rapids Symphony has teamed up with the Symphony Chorus, Grand Rapids Symphony […]

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Innovative Collaborations Continue the Growth of Art in Grand Rapids

by Amy Busse March 3, 2015

Great collaborations aren’t born, they are developed. And there are few places where that is more evident than through the collaborations occurring right now between Grand Rapids and the art community. One “big” opportunity available to artists with ties to Grand Rapids is the Art Outdoor campaign sponsored by Experience Grand Rapids. Janet Korn, senior […]

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Seriously Funny Stuff: LaughFest Q&A with Wendy Wigger

by Kirsetin Morello February 26, 2015

Mark your calendar for Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids’ fifth annual LaughFest, which takes place from March 5 – 15, 2015. While LaughFest conjures images of funny men and women doing stand-up and improv comedy, the festival also includes film, authors, stage and musical acts, workshops, community showcases, family friendly events, and much, much more. […]

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