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Beau VanSolkema

Speaking out: GRCC's policy supporting transgender students creates safe learning environment

Grand Rapids Community College should be praised, not criticized, for working hard to protect the civil rights of all its students, including its transgender population, writes Beau VanSolkema, the president of GRCC's  LGBTQQA+ organization.

Fran Dalton

Placemaking & The Garfield Park Neighborhoods Association

The Garfield Park Neighborhoods Association functions as the second largest neighborhood association in the city of Grand Rapids. As the organization makes the effort to build community, including searching for a new executive director, it becomes increasingly challenging, and important, to engage the residents of the area while addressing issues of job availability and displacement.


Photo essay: DisArt fashion show 'Elevate' breaks boundaries & barriers

DisArt’s spectacular 'Elevate' fashion show at Site:Lab's Rumsey Street Project showcased models with disabilities, pushed the expectations of design and redefined sentiments of style, access and bodies.


Let's get down to the river: GR Forward's trail initiative plans promising pathways

The Grand River is certainly a fixture in our community. Yet, we don't drink its water. We don't dip our feet in it. And many of us have never even stood close enough to its banks to even get wet. Now, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and the city of Grand Rapids aim to change our access to the river with ambitious plans for an extensive network of trails near the water.

MVU innoacademy

Mentors make the difference in online learning

For students to fully personalize their online learning experience, it’s important they not only focus on technology but connect in a meaningful way with other students and, more importantly, their teachers.


With Madison Avenue farm, Urban Roots plants the seeds for change & justice in Grand Rapids

For Urban Roots, farming in Grand Rapids is not just about growing vegetables. It's about breaking down barriers and building community.

Jordy VandeBunte

RapidChat: Jordy VandeBunte, an aspiring chef with top security clearance

Jordy VandeBunte is a self-proclaimed "culinary student with a top secret security clearance." It's not every day you meet an aspiring chef like VandeBunte: a current student at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at GRCC who used to work for the Central Intelligence Agency.

The Miguel family

On Burton Street: The great divide

Growing up on Burton Street in Grand Rapids' south side, Ken Miguel-Cipriano thought all neighborhoods looked like his. It was not until high school that he saw other communities in depth and began to understand the stark difference Burton Street makes.


UIX: Young tech engineers program the future in 2016 Atomic Games

Atomic Object is helping young minds experiment with new ideas and methods in the annual Atomic Games, where college students build artificially intelligent systems that can learn and master board games.


On The Ground: With entrepreneurship, diversity & family, South Division sets sights on the future

Rapid Growth's new On The Ground series focuses on the community found along South Division Avenue, touching on the Garfield Park and Burton Heights neighborhoods. This series will highlight the stories of the neighbors and community members who make this area what it is today. The project begins with a celebration of the strong spirit of entrepreneurship and hospitality in the area.


The permanent lives of creativity: Past ArtPrize winners become Grand Rapids fixtures

While many ArtPrize pieces are here for just a matter of weeks, others become permanent pieces of Grand Rapids. Where are these works now, and how have they influenced the artistic conversation in the city?


Meet Michelle Jokisch Polo, Rapid Growth's On The Ground editor

Michelle Jokisch Polo, a journalist and Grand Rapidian who originally hails from El Salvador and Ecuador, is bringing her expertise in advocating against systemic oppression, offering critical analysis and listening to the community through her research to Rapid Growth's newest series, On The Ground.


At GVSU, an emphasis on design thinking is leading to big changes in education

A recent design thinking conference at Grand Valley State University tackled big questions, including: what makes the world run better, especially when it comes to our schools?


With an eye on honoring 'La Grande Vitesse,' GR focuses on bringing life back to Calder Plaza

Nearly 50 years after the dedication of Alexander Calder's "La Grande Vitesse," a sculpture that led to a revival of the arts in Grand Rapids, community leaders are hoping a redesign of Calder Plaza will make the expansive space a livelier, greener and more attractive area that will draw everyone from tourists to nearby workers.

HopCat founder Mark Sellers

Founder Mark Sellers: HopCat is the 'anti-chain chain'

HopCat's success stems from defying many traditional restaurant norms, says its founder.
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