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Loving, living & leaving: Why we call Grand Rapids home, why we don't & what that means for our city

What makes a city a home? And, specifically, what makes Grand Rapids a place where people want to lay down roots? Or, on the other hand, want to leave? Current and former Grand Rapidians, from CEOs and entrepreneurs to musicians and retirees, weigh in on what our city does well to make people stay — and what it could do better.

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Art for the people: Students debut Grandville mural celebrating Latino community, diversity & unity

To create a stunning new mural on Grandville Avenue, high school students spent months exploring race, identity and heritage. After nearly a year of doing everything from holding public forums to putting on skits about racism in Grand Rapids, the teenagers are celebrating their newly-finished piece of public art that is all about uplifting and empowering the area's Latino community.

David Abbott

RapidChat: David Abbott

Fashion Guru, Cancer Survivor, Philanthropic Advocate, and 'Lumbersexual,' may all be ways to describe Mr. David Abbott, though most would opt for 'Experience Extraordinaire.' With 25-plus years of experience within the luxury retail market, as well as the inherited advice of "the customer likes to be entertained," David proves the importance of theatrics within each of our day-to-day lives.

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Ride your way to ArtPrize

If you love ArtPrize but hate jockeying for a parking spot downtown, see how one local family finds a better way to access the art. Ride along as Bill Holsinger-Robinson, founding executive director of ArtPrize and now vice president at The Understanding Group, his wife Kate Hunt, principle at She Does Design, and their daughter hop The Rapid to ArtPrize Seven in a special video feature.

Rendering of the completed Activi-Tree

Detroit does Grand Rapids: Activi-Tree is heading to ArtPrize, and it needs your help

Activi-Tree is much more than a cool space made from a hodgepodge of repurposed (celebrity) garbage and artwork – it's a space for sharing ideas and building relationships. And you can help program it when it comes to ArtPrize. Check out this unique DET to GRR collaboration in advance of the upcoming ArtPrize Seven.
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