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Photo Gallery: Highlights from ArtPrize 2015

Let the ArtPrizing begin! The seventh annual art competition officially kicked off today at noon, although patrons wishing to cast votes were delayed due to an Amazon Web Services outage, which hosts ArtPrize’s website and mobile app. That didn’t stop…

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ArtPrize 2015: Many Hands Created Inclusive Artwork to be Displayed at Blue Cross

Aileen Strickland is quick to point out that although she may be listed as an ArtPrize artist, she considers herself more of a project coordinator. The piece that Strickland conceived and pulled together with the help of many, many people…

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Family-Friendly Ways to Enjoy ArtPrize 2015

The seventh edition of ArtPrize kicks off today in downtown Grand Rapids and as usual, there’s plenty of family-friendly fun to be had at the enormous art competition. Round up the kids and plan your ArtPrize adventure by incorporating some…

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Good Eats, Good Cause: GR’s Goodwill Food Truck First of its Kind

When you think Goodwill, does food come to mind? Although the organization’s secondhand shops are the most visible and plentiful job-training sites, Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids is working to make careers in the food service industry a core…


At Equest Center, Horses are Therapeutic

Having a son diagnosed with autism changed Kathy Ryan’s perception of what being a mom would be like. Ryan tried a lot of different programs to help her son with sensory processing issues, but couldn’t find a good fit for…

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ArtPrize 2015: GR Residents Open Homes to Artists

What do previous ArtPrize winners Beili Liu, Mia Tavonatti, Adonna Khare, Young Kim, and Anila Quayyum all have in common, besides winning? During their respective stays in Grand Rapids, they were all given shelter by local families in their homes….

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An ALS Caregiver’s Story: Husband’s Legacy Lives On at GR Clinic

Before his ALS diagnosis, John “JJ” Bouma was a “perfectly healthy guy.” “He was probably one of the healthiest guys you’ve ever seen,” said Pam Bouma-Miller, his widow. “It was something that took us all by great surprise.” The businessman…

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Rhythm Run Finisher Inspired to Go After Next Race

If Tenisa Frye can do it, she wants you to know that you can too. “I am not a runner, let me just tell you,” she said. Still, that didn’t stop her from completing her second Rhythm Run, a 5K…


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Bringing Boards Downtown: Why a Skate Park Could Be In GR’s Future

Mike Dallas has already undergone surgery on his right shoulder. He needs another operation on his left. The owner of Bustin’ Boards, a Brooklyn, New York-based longboard manufacturer, makes his home in Grand Rapids, which is where he grew up….