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Submitted 05-04-2015 under NONPROFITS
Mayor Heartwell will be answering questions live on Monday, May 4 at 5 p.m. He'll be answering Rapidian intern MacKenzie Bush's question about water conservation and all other citizen questions.
Grand Rapids' letter carriers are asking the community to take part in the nationwide Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive this Saturday.
Submitted 05-01-2015 under NONPROFITS
Artists Creating Together to host their 29th annual Festival Day for students with disabilities in Grand Rapids.
Submitted 05-01-2015 under NEWS
The upcoming Then & NOW 2015 fundraising event on May 7 will highlight some of the unheard voices from the feminist movement, and celebrate the impact of activism.
Submitted 04-30-2015 under LOCAL LIFE
Fountain Street Church is hosting an Alice in Wonderland themed prom for LGBT teens this weekend.
Submitted 04-28-2015 under NONPROFITS
Robert Tennie's powerful story of civil war in his home country and moving to Grand Rapids
D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s Partners with Wolfgang’s Restaurant to Provide "Brinner" for Foster Families
Submitted 04-28-2015 under NEWS
Gettin' Fresh, a new food truck serving West Michigan, will be celebrating its grand opening with brunch service on May 3 at the White Flame Brewing Co. in Hudsonville, and will be a regular part of Movies in the Park downtown this summer.
Submitted 04-28-2015 under LOCAL LIFE
Author, herbalist and forager Lisa Rose teaches community members about the importance of foraging and knowing your environment through her plant walks, workshops and published books.
Submitted 04-28-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS
A ribbon-cutting ceremony and daylong celebration introduced the new welcome center to the community.
Submitted 04-24-2015 under NEWS
Auditions for the new season get underway this weekend – April 25-26.
Submitted 04-24-2015 under NONPROFITS
Elizabeth Van Arragon, DisArt Exhibitions Coordinator, explains how creating a fashion show with Disabled models came to be a central part of the DisArt Festival- and encapsulates the whole festival in the way it works to center design around the client.
Grace Teo, from Open Style Lab at MIT, explains their process of designing clothing for people with disabilities- and how they ended up joining the fashion show preparations at the DisArt Festival.
Submitted 04-23-2015 under NONPROFITS
Karen Weaver says she loves being a part of the first year of things- and that's why she wanted to be a part of DisArt in its inaugural year. She's loved seeing the "grace in people's eyeballs" as new friendships and bonds are formed between volunteers.
Festival Developer Jill Vyn explains the culture of welcome and acceptance that has been a part of developing the volunteer community at the DisArt Festival from the beginning- and how she's watching that culture of welcome play out in the way volunteers interact with the public.
Young Nkechi Okwuwasi says her godmother told her about volunteer opportunities at the DisArt Festival and that she wanted to get involved. Here she explains what drew her to volunteer specifically for the fashion show.
Submitted 04-22-2015 under NEWS
The life's work of Tom Olin is recognized at the DisArt Festival in an exhibition of his images chronicling the progress of the disability rights movement.
Submitted 04-22-2015 under NONPROFITS
Robert Andy Coombs, DisArt Fashion Lead, says he's learned so much by being able to be surrounded by so many other artists that celebrate that they're disabled.
Matthew Poszgay says he's used to working with women's fashion, and that working on fashion for children with disabilities and considering the user's needs has been a totally different experience.
Nicole Jimenez, from Open Style Lab at MIT, works to create clothing for people with disabilities. She's been impressed by the work of local students and has found it invigorating to work with so many passionate about the arts and disability.
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