Avenue for the Arts

Meet Civic Investor Jenn Schaub: Working to engage all community members at the Avenue

by (Kiran Sood Patel)

Submitted 04-13-2017 under VOICES

Since The Rapidian was founded on September 15, 2009, dozens of nonprofit organizations throughout the community have published articles and stories. Avenue for the Arts is an organization that has truly seized on the opportunity to share its...

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Community building through resident leadership in Heartside

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 03-21-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

“What keeps me focused is that I really want to see Heartside expand and grow, and I want to be a part of that change that takes place” says Heartside resident, Marvin Thomas. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, Heartside stretches from...

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Growing community through art: Heartside Gallery and Studio

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 03-07-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

Walking into Heartside Gallery and Studio, the first thing you notice is how active the space is. The Studio and Gallery space blend where artists create and show off art. Volunteers and Neighbor artists move through the space, busy with activity....

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Connection through expression: Building community through art

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 01-03-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

Grand Rapids, like all cities, is a fluid place made of schools, businesses, buildings, and most importantly: people. The city, especially the corridor between Fulton Street and Wealthy Street referred to as “the Avenue for the Arts," has...

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How to always be seeking: Using zines to find community

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 12-06-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Grand Rapids has developed a culture of artists who are dedicated to the making and distribution of zines. The rough and unpolished branch of self-publishing, zines are little books or pamphlets made on a small scale, with the intention of being...

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"Outsider" art to make Big Bang at Mangiamo this Saturday

by (cultured.GR)

Submitted 09-16-2016 under NONPROFITS

Reb Roberts, his partner Carmella Loftis, and the artists they incubate at Sanctuary Folk Art Gallery on 140 South Division march to the beat of a different drum. That’s exactly what visitors can expect from the 30+ artists who will...

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The imaginative world of connecting to others

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 08-01-2016 under NONPROFITS

Hugo Claudin has been a pillar of the alternative art and underground music industry for over ten years. A radical advocate for cultural growth he explains, “It was not until I visited a migrant camp that I knew [things] were wrong.” He...

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Celebrating growth of women-run businesses in Heartside neighborhood

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 02-02-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

With the growth of businesses on the Avenue for the Arts, women are strengthening their leadership and roots in our arts community. Avenue for the Arts is the neighborhood title for the South Division corridor between Fulton and Wealthy and features...

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Giving great: Take gifts beyond average by supporting local, handmade this year

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 12-08-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Want to feel extra good about your holiday shopping this year? What if a perfect, one-of-a-kind gift was easy to find, would support the local community, and created a charitable ripple effect that will reach throughout the year? Here are a few...

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Co-op bookstore to join Avenue for the Arts this November

by (averym92)

Submitted 11-10-2015 under NEWS

November 11 is the grand opening of a new bookstore at 315 South Division Avenue called Bombadil Books, that will bring a variety of services to the downtown area. The co-op style bookstore is open to all shoppers, but also offers memberships...

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