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Downtown day camp provides kids opportunity to shape our city

Submitted 11-05-2014 under VOICES

A new urban-focused day camp offers children an opportunity to learn about downtown Grand Rapids and provide input into its growth and development.


My experience of ArtPrize: watching audiences connect with dance in different ways

Submitted 10-02-2014 under VOICES

The most significant interactions with "respirador (breather)" I witness come from two completely different groups: children, and retirees (65+ years old.) These two groups of people connect with the work in very different, but equally important ways.


Treading water: living life with depression

Submitted 07-31-2014 under VOICES

The Fish Ladder has become a symbol for me of my family's struggle with depression. Depression can affect people differently, and the ways we fight against it vary as well- just like the fish fighting to get up the Fish Ladder.


Riverside Elementary to serve Boomers once more

Submitted 06-11-2014 under VOICES

The former Riverside Elementary building had a long life as a school and will transition to serve the Baby Boomers once again.


Creating the city we live in: why I spoke up at a recent City Commission meeting

Submitted 06-02-2014 under VOICES

I attended my first Commission Meeting two weeks ago, joining others who were either voicing concerns or supporting the proposed ordinance to control where people who beg can panhandle in our city.


Discovering a city thriving with nature

Submitted 05-07-2014 under VOICES

One of the reasons I love living in Grand Rapids is because I can get the best of both worlds. If I want to get a little break from the city, I can easily go on a hike somewhere close. If I want to go on a bike ride, I can ride the Fred Meijer M-6 or Kent Trails, all within 10 miles from downtown.


Challenge Scholars: creating opportunity

Submitted 05-05-2014 under VOICES

Grand Rapids Community Foundation's newest education endeavor is making post secondary education possible for students of Grand Rapids Public Schools.


Meet civic investor Steffanie Rosalez: Investing in the arts

Submitted 04-21-2014 under VOICES

Civic investor Steffanie Rosalez shares how after-school programming in the arts helps shape our community's youth.


Meet civic investor Ben Oliver: Investing in voice

Submitted 04-18-2014 under VOICES

Ben Oliver shares his passion for education and for students as the Community Foundation's Challenge Scholars Advisor.


Meet civic investor Roberta King: Investing in passion

Submitted 04-16-2014 under VOICES

Rapidian citizen reporter and civic investor, Roberta King, shares her involvement with The Rapidian and her investment in the Grand Rapids community.