The Rapidian


New Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities CEO has 30 years of experience teaching youth

Submitted 03-13-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

New chief executive officer Roberto Jara will oversee Cook Library Center and the Cook Arts Center


Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition celebrates 50th year

Submitted 02-20-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Under the direction of local poet and artist Christine Krieger, Kent County’s own all-ages poetry prize weathers change, welcomes new and established poets to submit their work


Finding more than a place to sleep

Submitted 12-05-2017 under NONPROFITS

As we experience so often, the blessings Katheryn gives outnumber those she receives. She says, it is with joy and gratitude that I am able to serve the Lord and His people, and Katheryn's joy is contagious.


"Jesus led me to Dégagé this summer after suddenly finding myself homeless"

Submitted 11-22-2017 under NONPROFITS

Hello, my name is James. You might have seen me around Degage doing chores. Jesus led me to Degage this summer after suddenly finding myself homeless.


Cultura Collective commemorates Roosevelt Park neighborhood at ArtPrize Nine

Submitted 10-09-2017 under NEWS

Cultura Collective's exhibition "Documented/Undocumentado" stood as a testament to Roosevelt Park residents affected by development.


Art happens here 365 days a year

Submitted 10-03-2017 under NONPROFITS

ArtPrize may only be here for a short time, but local businesses and galleries on the Avenue offer arts programming and community engagement opportunities all year round.


ArtPrize 2017 top 20 finalist "Lux Maximus" interview with the artist

Submitted 10-03-2017 under NEWS

"They said it couldn't be done, so I did it," states "Lux Maximus" creator Daniel Oropeza of his signature process of fusing glass with metal to create sculptures that are partially translucent.


Grow, eat, and learn with Urban Roots

Submitted 08-11-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Founder and Executive Director of Urban Roots, Levi Gardner, shares his thoughts on what urban farming means to him and how the community can get involved.


Local Spotlight: Deavondre Jones motivates through dance

Submitted 07-11-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Lifelong West Michigan resident aims to inspire others and build community through the performing arts.