The Rapidian


Creative Youth Center to launch fifth edition of yearly young authors' anthology

Submitted 05-06-2016 under NONPROFITS

CYC students will release Bloom Cherry Bloom Tree: The Book of Explosions V, their fifth anthology in a public reading on June 1st at Wealthy Theatre


When free college is not enough

Submitted 05-03-2016 under OPINION

Free college alone is not the cure to poverty. To address one inequity, we must address them all by authentically engaging those who have been marginalized. Only then is there hope for inclusive growth that benefits all.


Catalyst Radio: How Girls on the Run empowers and educates through running

Submitted 04-29-2016 under NONPROFITS

Host Katie Gordon speaks with Nika Kusmierz, program coordinator of Kent County Girls on the Run, about their upcoming 5K and how their curriculum centered on running empowers young girls to be "joyful, healthy, and confident."


Grand Rapids student stars in new PSA with Stormwater Project Engineer

Submitted 04-26-2016 under NONPROFITS

The City of Grand Rapids is partnering with Groundswell to promote the 7th annual Student Showcase.


Traverse City students practice faith by packing potatoes in Comstock Park

Submitted 04-25-2016 under NONPROFITS

Why the fifth-grade class of Immaculate Conception Elementary drives 130 miles to the Grand Rapids area each year.


Heritage Theatre Group expands Tap series

Submitted 04-20-2016 under NONPROFITS

Join HTG Managing Director, Krista Pennington, for a series of drop in tap classes! All classes are $5 at the door.


Children's poetry travels local bus system

Submitted 04-12-2016 under NEWS

Grand Rapids' Poet Laureate, Lew Klatt collaborates with The Rapid, GRPL and afterschool programs for his second project, "Grand Poems in Rapid Transit" to bring children's haiku to riders.


New non-profit provides scholarships to improve educational equity for trans community

Submitted 04-05-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

The Grand Rapids Trans Foundation, introduced to the community on March 31, 2016, will be offering scholarships to local low-income trans students to remove educational barriers.


Local scholarship program grows for high school juniors, seniors

Submitted 03-29-2016 under NONPROFITS

The WMS 2016 Scholarship Program is open to all high school juniors and seniors and not based on college major, GPA, or tests scores.


Citizens' housing, income, equity concerns become focus of Grand Rapids' second neighborhood summit

Submitted 03-22-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

The Strong Neighborhoods, Strong City Summit brought together various community members and organizations to discuss current issues of housing, race and equity, neighborhood schools, and economic empowerment.