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James Meena

RapidChat: James Meena, Opera Grand Rapids' new artistic director

Forget about Netflix. Opera Grand Rapids' new artistic director, James Meena, is determined to make people of all ages fall in love with a different form of entertainment: the opera.

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Boys can dance, too: Grand Rapids ballet companies encourage all children to take to the stage

Ballet companies throughout Grand Rapids are breaking down negative stereotypes of boys in ballet and are making sure all children have the chance to explore a passion for dance.

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Leading through the arts: Teens in GR and across the state transform Michigan's creative landscape

When it comes to incorporating the voices of youth in arts programming, Michigan is leading the way. Teens in Grand Rapids, Detroit and Ann Arbor are bringing a fresh perspective to cultural realms across the state, from addressing racism and police brutality through the arts to running an indie record label and a whole lot more.

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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.

Lady Ace Boogie

RapidChat: Lady Ace Boogie

With three WYCE Jammies under her belt, it's hard to believe that Lady Ace Boogie dropped her highly acclaimed debut album Feel Good Music merely a year ago. Inspired by her own self growth and experiences, her lyrics are relatable and infectious. It's safe to say... don't underestimate this Lady.
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