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.

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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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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