Grand Rapids has long been a mecca for creators and admirers of art. In the 19th century, we were known as "Furniture City" for the artistry of our fine wood furniture.
In the 20th century, we made art an integral element of the city's identity, starting with the very first public project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
And in this century, we've revolutionized the global art scene with ArtPrize, the world's richest, most radically open art competition.
Grand Rapids is also home to one of the world's 100 most visited art museums, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, one of the Top 30 Must-See Museums on the planet.
This walking tour will show you art around virtually every corner in...
Art from around the world pops up in every inch of downtown, and it’s all...
Grand Rapids is home to three top-notch art institutions.
Outdoor art is inspired with sculptures, murals and architecture throughout...
Outdoor walls of art, former ArtPrize entries, commissioned work - all make...
Local artists ply their trade and sell their work in distinct creative hubs...
Concerts, musicals, symphony, opera and festivals.
Grand Rapids’ passion for creative expression extends to the stage.
Grand Rapids also hosts a number of annual festivals beyond ArtPrize, showcasing all manner of art:
Grand Rapids is the center of the office furniture industry, which marries design and commerce. Local companies including Steelcase, Haworth and Herman Miller shape the future of the global workplace.
Downtown's Kendall College of Art & Design is a nationally prominent school offering a broad range of creative degrees, including furniture design, metals & jewelry design, digital media and fashion studies. Stop by to see student art, displayed throughout Kendall's public spaces. Non-professional artists can learn tips and techniques at Grand Rapids Art Museum, Brush Studio and Wine & Canvas.
Location: DeVos Performance Hall
Location: Van Andel Arena
Location: DeVos Performance Hall
Location: DeVos Performance Hall
The holiday season is the perfect time to round up the family and plan some fun activities around town. Grand Rapids has a variety of interesting activities that family members of all ages will enjoy.
Art is an integral part of Grand Rapids’ history. Today, our thriving art scene includes intimate galleries like LaFontsee Galleries, as well as bigger venues like the Grand Rapids Art Museum. We’re
Grand Rapids is home to many locally owned and operated LGBTQ+ businesses, and there are more than you might think. The city is becoming a destination to live and work for people of all ages and
One of the many wonderful things about Grand Rapids is that when summer gives way to fall, you can truly feel and see it. As the seasons change, so do the events and activities the city has to offer.
A sure sign that summer has arrived in Grand Rapids is the annual three-day Festival of the Arts (commonly called Festival), which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The festivities kick off
Did you know that you can attend world-class Broadway performances right here in Grand Rapids? Why travel to big cities such as New York City or Los Angeles to see top Broadway performers when
Muhammad Ali towers victoriously over the unconscious body of Sonny Liston after a first round knockout on May 25, 1965. Serena Williams focusing intensely as she strains to connect her racket with a
Within the past two years, six galleries have opened in the Grand Rapids area. Each are finding new ways to support their missions and build appreciation for the arts. Learn more about them here:
Opera Grand Rapids Artistic Director, Maestro James Meena, is bringing international opera stars to the local opera stage. Opera Grand Rapids attendees can experience big-stage talent, without the
The weather isn’t the only thing to heat up during the summer. As the temperatures begin to increase, Grand Rapids’ art scene also heats up with a surge in art opportunities for locals and visitors
Mid-sized cities, such as Grand Rapids, are garnering the interest of important artists to make room for new “art playgrounds” throughout the nation. Fact: In March 2018, Art Newspaper listed Grand
Film is a powerful medium. It holds the potential to enchant viewers by bringing stories to life through dynamic visuals, engrossing sounds, imaginative sets, and thoughtfully-costumed actors. Grand
The Great Lakes are a marvel to almost every Michigander, but, there’s something dark in the water - at least that’s part of the story in the latest exhibit at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM).
The holidays certainly are the most wonderful time of the year, especially when it comes to planning an activity for the whole family! Grand Rapids has a variety of interesting activities that family
It’s no secret that Grand Rapids is a pretty great place, whether you’re looking to buy a house, sample great microbrews, or explore the arts. A strong economy and relatively low costs of living have
ArtPrize® Eight, the “radically open international art competition” returns to Grand Rapids September 21 – October 9, and continues to make art accessible to all. This year, Experience Grand Rapids
Some say art is bigger than life and the five selected artists of the Experience Grand Rapids Art Outdoor Project might agree. The recently selected artists will have their work displayed on
Opera, fashion, and beer-it’s a thing! At least in the upcoming Opera Grand Rapids production The Student Prince, with costume designs created by Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State
Grand Rapids is rich in both art and natural beauty, and nowhere is that more evident than at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Watch our new video series to find out more about the new
Just because the temperatures are dropping, doesn’t mean the people of Grand Rapids are hunkering down and staying home. We like to be involved and Grand Rapids gives us plenty of options, regardless of the weather. Over the next few weeks, we’ll bring you news on what’s happening around town during the holiday season,…
A couple of years ago, artist Nick Nortier was living in a house and he began to think that the edifice looked like a face. “I like to personify things,” he says. “There were a couple of windows
Did someone say “Free jazz in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids?” GRandJazzFest did! Presented by DTE Energy Foundation, this two-day jazz spectacular returns August 15 and 16 to Rosa Parks Circle,
If you enjoy art, craftsmanship and creativity, then American Quilters Society QuiltWeek® at DeVos Place Convention Center in August 12-15 is for you! The show brings creativity, passion and for some
This summer, you’ll see billboards throughout Michigan featuring the artwork of five artists whose work was selected by a juried committee as part of Experience Grand Rapids' “Art Outdoor” campaign.
The five pieces of art selected by a juried committee for the Grand Rapids "Art Outdoor" Campaign are now on billboards throughout the state. You can see art along several highways through September,
Maggie Bandstra is one of five artists whose work was recently selected by a juried panel to be featured on a Michigan billboard this summer. Twenty-seven artists submitted work in response to
Earlier this month, Experience Grand Rapids announced the names of 5 artists whose works will be featured on billboards around the state this summer. A juried panel selected their artwork from over 25
Grand Rapids is undeniably an art destination. Residents and visitors experience art when we tour Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and ArtPrize, but there's more
Get ready for three days of fun in downtown Grand Rapids: the 46 th annual Festival of the Arts starts at noon on Friday, June 5 and runs through Sunday, June 7. Streets downtown will be shut down so
Since April 1995, locals and visitors have flocked to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park to enjoy both the fantastic, diverse gardens and the beautiful sculptures and exhibits. Beginning June
Everyone has heard about how Grand Rapids is Furniture City, the home of Amway and Meijer, and the land of cyclopean church buildings. However, quite a diverse mix of attractions has been added to