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.

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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Grand Rapids Spring Arts Preview

by Amy Busse March 6, 2014

While the weather forecast might not indicate spring is on the way, luckily the Grand Rapids arts scene goes by the calendar and new shows, exhibits and experiences are popping up like tulips. Kicking off spring theater in Grand Rapids is the new Grand Rapids Civic Theatre production of Les Misérables. “We were the first [...]

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Book Now: Last-minute Valentine’s Day options in Grand Rapids

by Meagan Francis February 6, 2014

Attention, slackers! February 14 is just over a week away, and if you haven’t booked a room or reserved a table yet, you might be feeling more than a little pressure. But no worries. While it’s true that many restaurants and hotels are full up, there are still plenty of great ways to spend the [...]

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Get Your Tickets Now for LaughFest 2014

by Kirsetin Morello January 16, 2014

As an original cast member of Saturday Night Live, when Gilda Radner was on stage she made everyone laugh until we cried. When she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, we simply wanted to cry. Instead, Radner encouraged us to keep our chins up and find laughter anyway. LaughFest is a tribute to Radner’s strength and [...]

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Make Your 2014 Grand Rapids Bucket List!

by Lyndsay Israel December 26, 2013

It’s almost 2014 already! If you’re not into making resolutions, or if you’re sick of continuously abandoning them by February, this year try making a “bucket list” – a list of activities or events you’d like to experience before you, well, kick the bucket – instead. The key with bucket lists is to make them [...]

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Ring In The New Year Your Way In Grand Rapids!

by Meagan Francis December 3, 2013

  It’s hard to believe, but 2014 is just around the corner…and it’s time to start making plans for New Year’s Eve. Whether you’re looking forward to an evening with kids (and possibly even an early bedtime!) or plan to party the night away, Grand Rapids offers plenty of ways for you to celebrate. Here are [...]

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The Nutcracker: A Grand Rapids Holiday Tradition

by Meagan Francis November 26, 2013

One of the highlights of my holiday experience last year was taking my daughter Clara to see the Grand Rapids Ballet performance of The Nutcracker. This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the lush and lavish performance, featuring live music from the Grand Rapids Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s original score, the art of professional dancers and choreography, [...]

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Six Steps To Making The Most of ArtPrize

by admin September 21, 2013

This post originally appeared on  If you’ve never explored the unique buildings or graced the diverse streets of Grand Rapids during ArtPrize, you may be wondering where to start. No worries, there are few simple things you can do to make visiting the world’s largest art competition simple, fun and inspiring. Todd Herring, Director of Communications for [...]

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Attn ArtPrize Visitors: Certified Tourism Ambassadors At Your Service

by Kirsetin Morello September 19, 2013

$560,000 in prize money. 1,524 works of art. Artists from 45 U.S. states and 47 countries. 169 venues. 19 days. More than 300,000 visitors. It’s time for ArtPrize! Earlier this year, Time Magazine named this eye-popping, conversation-starting event one of Five Festive Events You Won’t Want to Miss in 2013. As the fifth annual ArtPrize [...]

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