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A center for culture, a home for history: New museum lifts voices of GR's African American community

The Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives is making an indelible mark on the city by showcasing and honoring the rich history and incredible contributions of the African American community in West Michigan.

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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?

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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.

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As arts writers disappear, Grand Rapids organizations band together to connect with audiences

The steady extinction of full-time arts reporters has left arts organizations in a quandary over how to make up for lost coverage. One local “supergroup” of marketing professionals is working to come up with solutions, but quick fixes don't come easy.

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From a jungle of metal beams, a sneak peek of the Gerald R. Ford Museum's $13 million renovation

When the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum reopens this June, following a nine-month renovation process that includes the addition of a learning center for students, it will seem like a whole new place.
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