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Catalyst Radio: Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities teams up with GR Creative Youth Center to launch first Rapidian neighborhood news bureau

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The Rapidian is partnering with Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities to launch the first neighborhood news bureau in January. GAAH ED Marjorie Kuipers and youth coordinator Lorena Slager are in studio.
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About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch, along with Denise Cheng. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

One of the stories to come from a GRCYC creative writing workshop.

One of the stories to come from a GRCYC creative writing workshop. /Denise Cheng

GRCYC stories are illustrated by local artist <a href="">Rebecca Green</a>.

GRCYC stories are illustrated by local artist Rebecca Green. /Denise Cheng

The Rapidian is partnering with Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities to launch the first neighborhood news bureau in January. Marjorie Kuipers, executive director of GAAH, and Lorena Slager of the Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center share how they're teaming up to equip youth with the tools and knowledge they need to contribute to The Rapidian from the SW quadrant.

This week's song is "A Little Ending" from Casey Stratton's new release, Myths and Stars, Part 1.



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[ARTS] Heartside's annual holiday show
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3 at Heartside Gallery and Studio (48 S. Division)
The annual holiday show features over 20 of Heartside Gallery and Studio's folk artists. Heartside is a small program of Heartside Ministry. For almost 20 years, it has offered the Heartside community and its neighbors a supportive and safe environment to create, exhibit and sell work. More information is available on Facebook.

Holiday artists' market
Starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3 till Saturday, Dec. 4 at UICA (41 Sheldon SE)
UICA is holding its 22nd annual Holiday Artists’ Market. Shoppers will find one-of-a-kind works by the region’s most exciting artists. Free admission, free parking, beverages, snacks, and a children’s workshop. More information is available at

AniJAM, a stop-motion animation workshop
9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Community Media Center education annex (1110 Wealthy SE)
$20 fee
A stop-motion animation workshop for the beginner and the experienced animator. This month's theme is Winter Wonderland. Make and animate snowmen enjoying a winter landscape. Open to all ages. You can find out more on the GRCMC calendar.

***POSTPONED TILL THE NEW YEAR*** The Rapidian's end-of-the-year shindig
5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16 at The Rapidian (1110 Wealthy SE)
WYCE listeners, The Rapidian community and CMC members are invited to join in the festivities, get and see our year-in-review window display at The Rapidian office for a combination open house and social. The Rapidian will provide beverages and games and encourages attendees to bring a dish to pass.

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