Dynamic Variation:

Our Inclusive Community

The people of Grand Rapids reflect the full range of human experience – in who they are, where they come from, what they look like, how they worship and so much more. All of them have contributed their own unique colors and brushstrokes to the canvas of Grand Rapids, creating a rich, vibrant community that emphasizes collaboration while honoring diversity.

However, we as a community recognize that we can and should do more to make all of our citizens feel equally included. The Office of Equity and Engagement for the city of Grand Rapids is dedicated to promoting community, workforce and supplier diversity to help ensure that everyone gets to participate in the area’s economic success and quality of life. Likewise, Kent County is committed to advancing a culture that demonstrates Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.


Black History Month

  • photo by Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives
  • 5 min

Each February, Grand Rapids celebrates Black History Month with a series of special activities and events exploring the local African American experience. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about…


Take the Black History Tour of Downtown Grand Rapids

  • photo by EXGR
  • 1 min

To commemorate Black History Month 2017, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., (DGRI) asked locals to share their stories and knowledge of African-American leadership, culture and community in Grand Rapids. The…

Community at Work

Grand Rapids continues to work in many areas to make it a welcoming place. Read about the work that's being done here.

Art & Culture
Art & Culture

Local World of Winter Artist: Mandy Cano Villalobos

  • by Jordoun Eatman photo by Nick Irwin for Experience GR Artwork: Carnevale by Mandy Cano Villalobos
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  • 5 min story

Since it started in 2018, the World of Winter Festival (WOW) has invited all of us to rethink how we…

Art & Culture
Art & Culture

The 49507 Project Mural Tour

  • by Shayna Haynes Heard photo by Leda Theres for The 49507 Project. Artist: E'lla Webber.
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  • 6 min story

The 49507 Project is a liberated public arts project unlike anything that I’ve seen in West…


Your Guide to the 2022 Grand Rapids Pride Festival

  • by Rick Jensen photo by Pride Festival. Performer: Batty Davis, 2018. Photographer: Eric Zuniga
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  • 8 min story

‘Together Again’ If you have never been to the Grand Rapids Pride Festival…

LGBTQIA+ in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is a perfect destination for LGTBQIA+ travelers – inclusive, hip and just plain (affordable) fun.

photo by Experience Grand Rapids

The People of this Place

Before we can look forward, we must take a look back at the people who helped shape West Michigan, from the first French fur traders to the latest influx of refugees escaping wars and others seeking a better standard living. Visit the Grand Rapids Public Museum to view the Newcomers: the People of this Place exhibit – and check out this video for a quick overview. Then, see what Kent County is doing today to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for New Americans.

Community Relations

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