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 http://www.experiencegr.com/about-grand-rapids/hot-art/ for more detailed information.

The Grand Rapids Silver Line Is Here…and Ready for ArtPrize

by Kirsetin Morello September 11, 2014

As of August 25, 2014, Grand Rapids has joined the ranks of cities offering bus rapid transit (BRT) service. The Silver Line, as it’s called here, whisks riders along an almost 10 mile stretch of Division Avenue that begins in the south at 60th & S. Division, runs all the way to Michigan Street and […]

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A Peek At This Fall’s Thriving Theatre Scene in Grand Rapids

by Kirsetin Morello September 4, 2014

We recently wrote about the exciting, jam-packed music scene taking place in Grand Rapids this fall. From Beethoven’s Fifth to The Eagles, there’s something here for everyone. But music isn’t the only thing happening downtown this fall. This fall Grand Rapids offers a thriving theatre scene with a wide array of shows, including Grammy award winner, ONCE, and the world premier […]

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Grand Rapids is Bursting with Music This Fall

by Kirsetin Morello September 2, 2014

Grand Rapids’ music fall season is just around the corner and I hope you’re ready! Here is a peek at two of our region’s most renowned musical performance opportunities – definitely add them to your calendar this autumn! Grand Rapids Symphony The Grand Rapids Symphony begins its 85th season – and final season with music […]

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15 Fun and FREE Things to do in Grand Rapids

by Amy Busse August 28, 2014

  Whoever said, “nothing in life is free” hasn’t been to Kent County, Michigan. The greater Grand Rapids area offers a wide variety of no cost activities to keep you busy throughout the fall. So take out your planner and get moving – here are 15 ideas for fun, free things to do this autumn! 1. […]

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Insider Tips and Tricks for How to Experience Grand Rapids ArtPrize

by Amy Busse August 21, 2014

Grand Rapids, MI has been home to the international art competition ArtPrize® since 2009. For three weeks starting the end of September through the first half of October, Grand Rapids becomes a destination for art lovers and art learners alike. With over 1,500 entries and three square miles to cover it can seem daunting to a […]

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AQS Quilt Week Returns to Grand Rapids with the Young Textile Art Challenge

by Kirsetin Morello July 31, 2014

Imagine strolling through displays of beautifully designed juried contest quilts, hanging like something from a royal palace. Then move in your imagination to the next room and take in the visually stunning Stitch Like an Egyptian exhibit. Next, gape at Canadian artist Esther Bryan’s celebrated Quilt of Belonging. Imagine no more: you can see all of these amazing quilts—and […]

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“Michigan Modern” Exhibit Highlights Midcentury Design From Our Region

by Meagan Francis June 26, 2014

Bold, geometric shapes. Pops of bright color. Lines and materials echoing industry and prosperity. All were hallmarks of the modern design movement, and designers, architects, artists and manufacturers from Michigan played a huge role in its evolution. From automobile and watercraft design to distinctive midcentury furniture, to revolutionary architecture and office design, Michigan’s role in […]

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There’s Nothing Quite Like An Outdoor Summer Concert in Grand Rapids

by Kirsetin Morello June 5, 2014

Grand Rapids residents are proud of the national, big-name musicians the city regularly brings to our region. But summer has a sound all its own in Grand Rapids, with a plethora of outdoor concerts for residents and visitors to enjoy—many of them free. One popular free series is Jazz at the Zoo, now in its […]

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West Michigan Spring/Summer Festival Preview

by Amy Busse April 17, 2014

Summer in West Michigan brings beach days, ice cream and festivals! With so much going on it’s hard to keep track of it all. We’ve done the work for you and are happy to share. So grab a pen and your calendar and start planning some summer fun. May May 3-10 marks the 85th anniversary […]

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The Grand Rapids Film Festival is Almost Here!

by Kirsetin Morello March 18, 2014

Forget about a trip to Cannes: we have our own stellar film festival right here in Grand Rapids! Get ready to view some fantastic flicks at the The Grand Rapids Film Festival, which runs from April 9 – 13, 2014. With 45 films, including 8 from Michigan and others from the Netherlands, the UK, Serbia, […]

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