The Rapidian


Disart Stories Matter: Liz Bartlett shares the experience, science of designing speciality fashion for children with disabilities

Submitted 04-18-2015 under NONPROFITS

Liz Bartlett, a 3D knit engineer and KCAD professor, talks about working with Spectrum Health staff and patients to help her students design fashion garments that serve the needs of children with motor-neuron deficiencies.


DisArt Stories Matter: Mother Gillian Young explains benefits of compression design

Submitted 04-18-2015 under NONPROFITS

As a participant in Friday night's DisArt Fashion Show, young Daniel benefited from compression fabric and sensory inputs-and delighted in his Mickey Mouse cape- in an outfit designed especially for him. Here Mom explains how the design helps her son move more easily.


New app debuts for DisArt Festival

Submitted 04-07-2015 under NEWS

The "Access UICA" app was designed specifically for DisArt Festival, and is created to be more inclusive of the needs of Disabled people.


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.


GoSite reveals ribbon cutting, grand opening dates

Submitted 03-17-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

After much planning and community involvement, the new information sharing space opens in downtown Grand Rapids, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on the morning of March 31 and Grand Opening on April 4.


WMCAT acquires new screen printing program

Submitted 02-03-2015 under NEWS

West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology has acquired a screen printing operation out of Holland, Michigan to launch a new social enterprise initiative.


Riolo Creative Engineering thrives on innovation

Submitted 01-13-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Marco Riolo shares his experience working in the creative field and what it takes to be successful in a competitive business where innovative thinking is a necessity.


Smartphone apps add layers to understanding place

Submitted 01-06-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Exploring places via smart phone apps allows people to "plug into" their surroundings.


Catalyst Radio: Paschka's audio and community interests lead him to WYCE

Submitted 12-19-2014 under NEWS

After serving with two Grand Rapids arts organizations, AJ Paschka finds that being the new station manager of WYCE is a natural progression.


Gaming on board: party provider expands services with Ultimate Gaming Bus

Submitted 12-16-2014 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Brian Mosby started his business three years ago by offering bounce houses and other party fun for young children. He's now expanding his services to include entertainment for older children and teens with a mobile gaming station equiped with up to 50 video games.