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Growing Young Artists: Outreach program facilitates art, self-expression for migrant students

Although they are an integral part of Michigan’s agricultural industry, migrant farm families often go unseen, moving from state to state, laboring for long hours in the fields, and living in rural communities. Through a unique partnership between Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Fennville Public Schools and South Haven Public Schools, students in summer migrant programs receive exposure to the arts, hands-on instruction and encouragement to express themselves in creative ways.

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G-Sync: A-list with Bliss

Recently we learned of another list that includes Grand Rapids’ Mayor Bliss as the only one from Michigan and just one of the 40 mayors from around the U.S. to be invited to be a part of an ambitious new program called the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.

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The future is now...and you're wearing it

Fashion, for the most part, follows function, as it follows us from infancy to old age. And technology, while it's taken longer than other industries to weave its way into the field, has been permanently embroidered into the process of designing, manufacturing, and marketing the latest looks.

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Quality, not quantity: How focusing on craft culture is changing the way we drink

Pairing carefully crafted beverages with the perfect ambience and ethnically-inspired, gourmet cuisine, establishment owners are creating unique, unmissable moments. This approach to craft, well, everything, is changing GR's approach to drinking, inviting us all out for a better, well-rounded night on the town.

Beans, flour, fruit, and more: Michigan businesses export food with help from state

Growing everything from pickled beets to flour, Michigan food and agriculture businesses are making the most of opportunities through exports.

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Explore some hidden gems along Michigan's Thumb coast

Ready to hit the road this summer? Take advantage of a trip a little farther from home and check out some of the hidden gems the Thumb has to offer.

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Neighborhoods of GR: A West Side Q&A

The simple fact is, the growth and development of GR’s West Side shows no signs of stopping. Likewise, it’s no secret that this has caused a stir with the long-time residents of the community. Executive Director of the West Grand Neighborhood Organization, Annette Vandenberg is a champion for her neighborhood and she shines light on the hopeful synergy she sees between both new and old.

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RapidChat: Benjamin Heyn

As we round out Pride Month, LGBTQ+ activist, Benjamin Heyn, reflects on the opportunities he's been given over the years and how he is using those as a force for good. Within in part-two of our Q&A conversation, we celebrate #PRIDE and the organizations within our community whose noble purpose revolve around that notion.

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Financing your dream: Entrepreneurs tap local and diverse resources

Securing financing for a small businesses can be a huge challenge, especially for new entrepreneurs. There are several opportunities available to assist entrepreneurs in the area including: microloans, SBA lending and pitch competitions. Additionally, here are some recommendations for staying motivated and being prepared to request funds.

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G-Sync: Analog in the city

When that giant summer sun is high in the air, if you are like me, then you’re seeking less time under the glow of your handheld screen as you seek those more analog moments in the city. This is Tommy Allen's suggested list of activities to consider.

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Way past Rosie the Riveter: Women make strides in the construction industry

In the not-too-distant past, women in hard hats were scarce as construction trades were generally considered a man's domain. There was a time when women were lumped only into receptionist-type work and not allowed on worksites. But as women continue to gain employment in the construction sector, this stereotype is steadily changing.

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Alternative birthing methods and why Michigan moms are choosing them

In the U.S., women learn about birth from television dramas and celebrity magazines and the medical system steps in to manage pregnancy and birth on computer screens, like any other disease. But, pregnancy is not a disease. Babies are not tumors to be removed. And, birth alternatives do exist for those persistent enough to find them.

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From grains to glass: Michigan craft distillers produce fine spirits from local crops

Michigan distillers are building their businesses with locally grown grains and fruits. They say there's room to grow.

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UIX: Empathy is essential to good design and modern technology

It was once rare that the fields of architecture, and more-so, digital architecture, and human emotion overlapped. But the intersection is crucial not only to the basis of good software, however, it's the foundation of good software companies. 

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Instagram roundup: The most interesting people in GR

Who's capturing the best images of our fair river city? From @grandrapidspubliclibrary and @lovecharlesvintage to @carbonstories and @uicagr, check out this profile of the best Instagram'ers in GR.
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