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A celebration of the craft: Design Week in its fifth year

West Michigan Design Week is finally here. In its fifth year, this week-long event series, produced by AIGA West Michigan, celebrates the talented designers of all disciplines, inviting sought-after artists from across the country to speak, as well as local designers, to showcase their work, process, and passion.

Pigeon Hill Brewing Company owner Michael Brower and his wife, Alana, the taproom manager.

Where everybody knows your name: How Muskegon's downtown bars and breweries are building the city

In just a couple years, downtown Muskegon has done a complete 180. Where once there were empty streets and abandoned buildings, there's now a thriving commercial landscape. The local brewery and bar scene has played a major role in this transformation, and the city's watering holes are continuing to reshape the city and its economy.

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The keepers of history: Muskegon Heritage Museum brings city's vibrant past to life

Did you know many of the nation's bowling pins were once made in Muskegon? As were the first Raggedy Ann dolls? From boats and beer to engines, pianos, and paper, the vast array of products made right here in this city have made their way across the globe for more than a century. Now, the Muskegon Heritage Museum is telling the stories behind these goods, weaving a powerful narrative about the people and places who created the city's rich history.

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Rapid Blog: Monroe Community Church builds community through ArtPrize

This week's Rapid Blog comes to us from Steve Fridsma, curator at Monroe Community Church, which has served as an ArtPrize venue since its inception. Fridsma explore's the church's evolution as a public art space, and how the congregation uses art to connect to its community.

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August 21 solar eclipse: Nature’s greatest spectacle is coming to a sky near you

The August 21 solar eclipse is a big astronomical deal. Grand Rapids residents deciding to stay in town will see about 85% of the sun eclipsed by the moon. Whether you're attending the Grand Rapids Public Museum's special Eclipse Party or crafting your own pinhole camera, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you don't want to miss.
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