The Rapidian


New Go In Grand Rapids app designed to help smartphone users connect to unique neighborhood businesses

Submitted 11-17-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

The Neighborhood Business Alliance has created The Go In Grand Rapids smartphone app as the 21st century way to reach everyone - from customer to curious - who want a simple yet cutting edge way to discover what each and every Grand Rapids neighborhood business district has to offer.


Placemaking gone digital: Local library assistant turns Eastown into video game

Submitted 11-03-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Local cartoonist and librarian Drew Damron celebrates and pokes fun at Grand Rapids scene in a video game released this past summer to entertain friends and grow local culture.


Umbered undertones leading trends in color

Submitted 10-02-2015 under OPINION

Leatrice Eiseman revealed color trends to a packed house at the Critical Discourse presentation titled "Future Color/Design Trends: Innovation and Impact" on Thursday night.


Wealthy Theatre invites public to major press conference

Submitted 07-14-2015 under NONPROFITS

Thursday's 10:45 a.m. press conference at Wealthy Theatre "is the culmination of everything we've been doing for the past three years," says Wealthy Theatre Director Erin Wilson, who promises a dozen major announcements about what CMC has done to secure the future of the landmark theatre.


Building legacy now: GR Current works to strengthen startups, investors with impact investing

Submitted 07-14-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

The Grand Rapids community is known for all of its startups, entrepreneurs and impact investing. It's in our culture to give back- but how do we do it in a way that builds impact and legacy- now and in the future?


Local writer battling brain cancer seeks help to write his story with Kickstarter campaign

Submitted 07-09-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

David Wenzel is asking for funds to help him take eight months to write his memoir, "Thank You, Kung Fu." The Kickstarter campaign ends on July 26, with a goal of raising $40,000.


Our place, your voices: Power of the people with citizen journalism

Submitted 05-16-2015 under OPINION

I remember discovering citizen journalism in 1969 when I first read a copy of the Chicago Seed. Here in Grand Rapids, it's up to us to keep citizen journalism alive and well with a donation during The Rapidian's fund drive.


DisArt Stories Matter: Elizabeth Van Arragon explains how fashion can reframe categories of normal, beautiful, powerful

Submitted 04-24-2015 under NONPROFITS

Elizabeth Van Arragon, DisArt Exhibitions Coordinator, explains how creating a fashion show with Disabled models came to be a central part of the DisArt Festival- and encapsulates the whole festival in the way it works to center design around the client.


DisArt Stories Matter: Matthew Pozsgay shares what he's learned designing for children with disabilities

Submitted 04-22-2015 under NONPROFITS

Matthew Poszgay says he's used to working with women's fashion, and that working on fashion for children with disabilities and considering the user's needs has been a totally different experience.


DisArt Stories Matter: Nicole Jimenez finds work with Kendall fashion students invigorating

Submitted 04-22-2015 under NONPROFITS

Nicole Jimenez, from Open Style Lab at MIT, works to create clothing for people with disabilities. She's been impressed by the work of local students and has found it invigorating to work with so many passionate about the arts and disability.