The Rapidian


Downtown bars work toward sustainability with zero waste initiative

Submitted 03-24-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

The BarFly Ventures group of downtown bars, like Stella’s and Grand Rapids Brewing Company, are working to lower their impact on the earth- from decreasing all of their waste output to raising awareness about fracking.


Hometown Heroes 2015 Profiles: Judge Sara Smolenski

Submitted 03-24-2015 under NONPROFITS

We are continuing a series of posts highlighting the awards recipients for the 2015 Hometown Heroes Celebration put on by the American Red Cross of West Michigan.


Story Matters: Keith Smith remembers great influence of Dirk Koning on his life with public television

Submitted 03-19-2015 under NONPROFITS

Keith Smith shares how he discovered public television and got involved in his own hometown of Holland's public access services.


Chelsea Flemings announced as local Boys & Girls Clubs 2015 Youth of the Year

Submitted 03-18-2015 under NONPROFITS

On February 26th, the community celebrated three Youth of the Year finalists and announced Chelsea Flemings as this year’s local winner.


Curator Spotlight: Forms of Production, Courtney Jones

Submitted 03-16-2015 under NONPROFITS

For Art.Downtown., Courtney Jones will be curating “Forms of Production” at the DeVos Place, themed around concepts of work and the value of production.


Clothing Matters provides alternative with environmentally conscious fashion

Submitted 03-10-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Clothing Matters is a clothing store that offers sustainably manufactured and eco-friendly apparel from over 100 designers, from the local to the international.


Disability 101 (part 3): Disability Pride?

Submitted 03-10-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Disabled activists have fought a long time to actually own the experience of disability itself. And in that ownership comes the possibility of pride, self-love and disability celebration.


Story Matters: Volunteer Ann Videtich says LaughFest brings a spotlight on Grand Rapids

Submitted 03-10-2015 under NONPROFITS

Ann Videtich has volunteered in a lot of areas for LaughFest. Here she shares how she's watched LaughFest draw attention to our city, both for out-of-town visitors as well as comedians.


Story Matters: Angēla Essick Dykes restores joy through Laughter Yoga

Submitted 03-10-2015 under NONPROFITS

Certified laughter yoga instructor Angēla Essick Dykes tells the story of how she discovered laughter yoga, and how it affected her own life. Laughter Yoga sessions are being offered for free every day during LaughFest at Gilda's Club


City of Grands Rapids announced as finalist for $1 million art competition grant

Submitted 03-09-2015 under NEWS

The City of Grand Rapids, the SiTE:LAB arts organization and Kent County Habitat for Humanity have been announced as one of the final 12 in a Public Art Challenge offered by Bloomberg Philanthropies of New York.