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Gun Lake Tribe planning massive development on U.S. 131 north of casino

GRAND RAPIDS — The Gun Lake Tribe is beginning a six-month planning process for a development that could bring retail, housing, health care, manufacturing, entertainment and dining to U.S. 131 in Allegan County.

Mexican craft beer scene to be showcased at DeVos Place

Beer from one of Grand Rapids’ sister cities will be highlighted at the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival this weekend.

Studio C celebrates theater renovation, return of moviegoers

A West Michigan theater completed a $3 million investment to make the holiday movie season more comfortable.

Van Andel Arena’s biggest stars work behind the scenes

With the hockey season well underway, basketball coming back and February’s Disney On Ice looming ahead, Van Andel Arena is braced for a busy few months. But, according to Todd Johnson and Chris Anderson, that’s pretty normal.

3 Craig’s Cruisers entertainment centers sold to amusement park company

GRAND RAPIDS — The owner of three West Michigan amusement centers sold the locations to an investment group that specializes in family fun attractions.

‘Quick’ ArtPrize handoff leaves new organizers with much work, opportunity ahead

GRAND RAPIDS — The new operations partners for ArtPrize said they haven't yet hashed out details of what the event will look like in future years following a "quick" decision to dissolve the founding nonprofit.

Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize organization dissolves after 13 years

GRAND RAPIDS — The nonprofit ArtPrize is calling it quits after 13 years, handing its assets to a new public-private partnership.

Community media center welcomes new board members

The Grand Rapids Community Media Center (GRCMC) added two new faces to its 14-member board of directors. 

Museum awards community leaders

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) recently listed the honorees that will be awarded at this year’s Jay & Betty Van Andel Legacy Awards Gala.

The Diatribe awarded over $20,000 to support local arts

The Diatribe was one of several West Michigan arts and cultural organizations awarded grants from the Michigan Arts and Culture Council (MACC). 

Lions & Rabbits to close event venue

Creatively focused event venue Rosebud will close Jan. 1. 

Consumers Credit Union sponsors new Van Andel Arena restaurant

A credit union in the region is sponsoring a new restaurant and bar space at the Van Andel Arena.

National program aims to boost lakeshore arts and culture nonprofits

A two-year strategic planning program for Holland-area nonprofits called “Capacity Building: Michigan Lakeshore,” will support 15 lakeshore cultural organizations toward long-term sustainability, growth and successful leadership.

ArtPrize 2022: New format, new results

ArtPrize 2022 has wrapped up, bringing 18 days of artistic celebration to Grand Rapids. According to Executive Director Craig Searer, this year’s festival was one for the books.

Museum wins $260,000 in grants for Indigenous inclusion efforts

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is the recipient of two grants totaling over $260,000 to help continue the incorporation of indigenous perspectives in museum programming and exhibits. 

Casinos, theater chains got biggest COVID relief grants, but two-thirds of applicants were denied

LANSING — Almost two-thirds of business applicants to a state pandemic relief program were denied for various reasons, leading business advocates to push the Legislature to ensure that nearly $300 million in unallocated aid is reallotted for businesses by year's end.

ArtPrize names 2022 winners

Two North Carolina brothers took home the top honor at ArtPrize this year.

Pilot after-school program helps Muskegon students ‘tune up’

A new music-based elementary program is offering underserved students free instruments and music lessons in a group-based environment with experienced teachers. 

Art competition celebrates Frederik Meijer Gardens

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park’s annual Ray and Nancy Loeschner Art Competition now is accepting entries for its 21st year.

ArtPrize 2022: What to get excited for this year

ArtPrize 2022 runs through Oct. 2 with 18 days of art and tourism featuring a worldwide range of artists, new art styles and interactive opportunities for visitors and an all-new voting system.

City focuses on community events during ArtPrize

As ArtPrize 2022 kicks off today, the city has released a full schedule of artistic and cultural events taking place in Grand Rapids throughout the festival.

Ford Airport seeking submissions for art installations

Gerald R. Ford International Airport is looking for local artists to feature in its $110 million Concourse A expansion. 

Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place to kick off ArtPrize

Two Grand Rapids performance venues plan to host over 50 artists for ArtPrize 2022. 

Visitors can purchase ArtPrize entries using QR codes

ArtPrize will partner with AllArtWorks, an online art selling platform, during the 18-day international art competition.

GRPM and John Ball Zoo partner for one-month member reciprocal

Two main Grand Rapids destinations are joining forces to offer free admission for members in September.