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.

Host a Memorable Reunion in Grand Rapids–and We’ll Help

by Kirsetin Morello October 21, 2014

Good things happen when you gather with far-flung friends, service members, co-workers, or family members for a reunion. It’s the perfect time to reconnect and revisit the past, of course. But it’s also an opportunity to create new memories and build bonds for the future. And Grand Rapids is the perfect place to host your […]

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5 Tips for Families Headed to ArtPrize 2014

by Melody VanderWeide September 30, 2014

Heading to ArtPrize with the family? I’ve been taking my kids to ArtPrize since it started six years ago- and over the years I have come up with a few tips that will help any family headed to Grand Rapids to check out the event:

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What’s New at ArtPrize 2014

by Amy Busse September 16, 2014

The countdown to ArtPrize has officially begun and September 24 will be here before you know it. We’ve assembled a quick primer to help you navigate some of the exciting changes to this year’s competition. ArtPrize 2014 will have four judging categories for both the public and the juried voters-2D, 3D, time-based and installation. Here […]

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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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