Festival is scheduled for June 2-3-4 in downtown Grand Rapids. “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.” There are activities for kids and adults, and there are many opportunities to experience Festival as a volunteer, too.
If you enjoy art as well as learning more about those who create it, take a look at our Visual Arts, Theater, and Music Subject Guides. Where will you be on the first weekend of June?
By Marcia Lee
Halloween has passed and Thanksgiving is on the horizon so the obvious question is when to start playing Christmas music, right? Personally, I do not believe in any sort of Christmas related festivities taking place or Christmas music playing until AFTER Thanksgiving. This mostly has to do with the fact that I get way too excited and have zero patience, so stretching out the holiday season all the way from the day after Halloween through Christmas day just takes too long! I do have friends and family members who immediately begin Christmas festivities; one aunt even plays Christmas music year round – so not cool!
In any case, America being a melting pot, there are several other celebrations happening during the winter season across our nation. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice or something else you can find all the information you could want right here on campus at the library. The GRCC Library can teach you more about the history of the holidays, traditions, food and so much more. You can find the information in books, ebooks, film and databases – add learning to this year’s celebrations!
Holidays celebrated during the upcoming months are listed below – follow the links to find resources you can check out through the GRCC Library!
By Marcia Lee
WHO: Jeff Chang – Author, Historian, Music Critic
WHEN: October 3, 2012 @ 7pm
WHERE: Fountain Street Church
Below is a bit more information about Jeff, taken from the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center webpage, you can find out more about the other speakers and the lecture series by following the link.
Jeff Chang is a radical historian with both street cred and academic chops, Chang addresses multiculturalism, race relations, student activism, political engagement, the state of the arts, and the politics of abandonment. His book, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation is only ostensibly about hip-hop; it’s really a cultural history. In his follow-up, Who We Be, he traces the rise of multiculturalism—its roots, its triumphs, its commercialization—to tell a new, vibrant, and necessary people’s history. Jeff Chang is the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.
Follow the links provided to checkout Chang’s books today from the GRCC Library & click here for more information about Jeff via the library’s Subject Guides!
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By Lisa M. Rabey
Systems & Web Librarian
Festival of the Arts, colloquially known simply as “Festival,” is marking its 42nd year this upcoming weekend. With hundreds of vendors, food and drink booths, free performances that range from musicians to artists and more, Festival marks the beginning of the summer of fun events happening downtown.
Did a particular photographer at Festival pique your interest? GRCC offers a wide range of photography classes to get you started on becoming the next Ansel Adams. In addition to classes, the library has nearly 1500 different items, from books and magazines to videos and more, that cover how-to’s, specific photographer to techniques & tips and genres.
Hear a band at Festival and want to rock out like they do? GRCC has a robust music program. In addition, the library has access to over 3500 different items that not only cover from production to history, but also different types of music and techniques, how-to’s and musician biographies.
Remember if you have any questions, you can always email or call the library’s reference desk!