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Meet civic investor Eric Bouwens: Investing in the city's health

Submitted 04-19-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Dr. Eric Bouwens is the first physician at Spectrum Health's new health clinic for patients without health insurance downtown. His philosophy: listening and patience are the greatest investment you can make.


Meet civic investor Carol Lautenbach: Investing in education, investing in community

Submitted 04-17-2014 under NONPROFITS

Carol Lautenbach, administrator at Godfrey-Lee School District and downtown resident, sees the direct link between community and education clearly. The Rapidian, she says, helps these communities' stories grow.


Meet civic investor Roberta King: Investing in passion

Submitted 04-16-2014 under VOICES

Rapidian citizen reporter and civic investor, Roberta King, shares her involvement with The Rapidian and her investment in the Grand Rapids community.


Neighborhood churches to exhibit art

Submitted 04-15-2014 under NEWS

A two day conference, and following art exhibit open to the public, uses art to bridge the gap between cultures, with over 300 pieces of original artwork and eight participating churches.


Meet civic investor Tami VandenBerg: Investing in the other

Submitted 04-14-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Tami VandenBerg believes that we all should have access to a great city. Her work at Well House as well as starting both The Meanwhile Bar and The Pyramid Scheme are all a part of making Grand Rapids great- for all.


Changes in motion: how running transformed me

Submitted 04-09-2014 under VOICES

When I began my training for the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon, I expected to change physically. I never expected it to change who I am.


Ransom Towers resident lends helping hand

Submitted 04-08-2014 under NEWS

John Townsend has been providing transportation for his neighbors to vital doctor's visits, pharmacy trips and to the grocery store. Now he needs a little help to continue helping others.


Dialog on Division Ave

Submitted 04-07-2014 under NONPROFITS

"Over the last few months of planning Art.Downtown. conversations between artists and curators, curators and sites have been shaping the shows you will see on Friday, April 11th. We hope that visitors will see the benifit of discussion, planning and curiosity, as well as, jump into the dialogue."


Grand Rapids Film Festival judge looks for films with unique stories

Submitted 04-04-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Daniel Dobson applies the same critical analysis to Grand Rapids Film Festival submissions that he applies to his own creative work.


Curating vacancy

Submitted 04-02-2014 under NONPROFITS

Artist turned curator creates a professional show in a nontraditional space