Category Archives: Grand Rapids History

Festival of the Arts 2018: June 1-3

2018 Festival poster

Chris LaPorte, past ArtPrize winner, designed the 2018 poster.

 

Festival of the Arts  is a FREE three-day community event that features several stages of performances, a juried Regional Arts Exhibition, and dozens of food booths run by non-profit organizations. Plus, creative activities for children and adults to enjoy making their own art as well as purchasing art from West Michigan artists. Every purchase at Festival from food to art to t-shirts and posters gives back to the West Michigan community. You’re sure to see your classmates, professors, and their families!

  • June 1-2-3, 2018
  • Friday Noon – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Festival crowds

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go see gr!

go see gr! logoDid you know that you can visit many local cultural and leisure venues for free?  go see gr! is available to all current GRCC students and employees. Use your RaiderCard to experience Grand Rapids Museums and John Ball Zoo at no cost. The cost of student admission is sponsored by the Campus Activity Fee.  Staff Development is proud to sponsor and fund the cost go see gr! for employees. For more on Grand Rapids, see the Grand Rapids Subject Guide.

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1967 Race Riots Display

1967 Race Riots Book DisplayLibrarian Mike Klawitter recently curated a book display about the 1967 Race Riots in Detroit and Grand Rapids.

The 50th anniversary of these events causes Michiganders to ask ourselves what has or hasn’t changed, and why?

For a scholarly look at the Detroit riots, see  Joe T. Darden’s 2013 book, Detroit: Race Riots, Racial Conflicts, and Efforts to Bridge the Racial Divide. (multiple user e-book)

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Wellness Starts at a Farmers Market

Fulton Street Farmers MarketOne of the best things you can do for yourself is to eat healthily, and what better place to help you do that than to shop at a farmers market?  Grand Rapidians have several to choose from, but the “grand dame” is Fulton Street Farmers Market  which opened in 1922.  The farmers market movement is growing, and most Michigan residents live close to at least one farmers market and/or to markets based at farms like those on “the Ridge” in Alpine Township.

Fulton Street Farmer’s Market is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm. Be sure to schedule a shopping trip to the Market this summer.  And, take a peek at some of the cool LLC titles on eating more naturally.

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GR Neighborhoods Streaming Video Published

Landmarks of Grand Rapids video title pageLandmarks of Grand Rapids : A Look at the Neighborhoods of Sacred Heart Church, Heritage Hill, and Eastown is now available via streaming video through GRCC!  This local documentary, “brings to life three significant areas of Grand Rapids: the Sacred Heart Church parish, Eastown, and Heritage Hill. Residents, activists, and scholars, including Dr. Norbert Hruby, Mary Alice Williams, Caroline Matecki, Fr. Ed Hankiewicz, Fr. Dennis Morrow, Joyce Makinen, Tom Logan, and Barbara Roelofs, share their memories of the past and describe how these neighborhoods have helped Grand Rapids become the vibrant city it is today.”

Librarian Steven Putt collaborated with Lori DeBie, Mike Klawitter, Klaas Kwant, and Simon Kittok to recreate a streamable, close-captioned version of the hour-long documentary which was produced in 2007 by the now-dormant Grand Rapids Area Council For The Humanities. The result – scholarship about local neighborhoods has become much more accessible than in the past.  Since posting, it has received more than 100 views!

Check out the Library’s DVD from the Audiovisual Media Collection, OR, watch GRCC TV (Comcast Cable Channel 903 (Digital) and AT&T U-verse Channel 99):

  • Monday, March 20th at 10:00 AM, 11:42 AM, and 2:38 PM
  • Tuesday, March 21st at 9:30 AM and 3:46 PM
  • Wednesday, March 22nd at 2:50 PM
  • Thursday, March 23rd at 9:09 AM and 3:25 PM
  • Friday, March 25th at 10:10 AM, 11:53 AM, 2:50 PM and 9:00 PM

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