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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.


Community matters for women entreprenuers in Grand Rapids: BoxedGR's Missy McCall

Submitted 03-03-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

A local business woman's love for Grand Rapids inspired her new company. To keep her going, she finds encouragement meeting with a community of women entrepreneurs.


Dégagé Ministries to host event to benefit local women battling homelessness

Submitted 03-02-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

The event will offer massages, hors d'oeuvres and caricatures, and give attendees ideas for what they can do to help women in crisis in Grand Rapids.


Story Matters: Alex Bullock recalls neighborhood support on West Side

Submitted 02-20-2015 under NONPROFITS

Alex Bullock remembers the challenges he and others faced in his community and the ways in which neighbors cared for each other.