Today's focus for our Lakeshore Arts and Entertainment segment is on the West Michigan Symphony’s upcoming season and summer theatre at the Howmet.  Natalie Carmolli and Beth Beaman join us to discuss.

First Fridays

Jun 2, 2016
Avenue for the Arts
Avenue for the Arts

First Fridays:  The Market happens this Friday, featuring a variety of outdoor vendors, opening exhibitions and more. On behalf of Avenue for the Arts and The Dwelling Place, Jenn Schaub and guests join us.

Check out downtown Muskegon this Friday night as Street Performers take over this summer. Guests join us to discuss the details.

Disability Advocates and DisArt

Arts and Access Forum, monthly sharing discussion about the vibrant life of those with disabilities in Grand Rapids. Today's topic, the importance of Accessibility in Public Spaces, and the ADA Celebration.

Festival of the Arts

May 31, 2016
Festival of the Arts

Festival of the Arts takes place this weekend. We share a two-part spotlight, starting with today's conversation with a volunteer and a performer.

GREAAT Schools

Cynthia Springer, Chief Executive Office and Superintendent of GREAAT Schools joins us to discuss the upcoming Mile for Malinda event to raise money for cancer research and Ellington Academy

Hilary Farrell

Street performers are being added to the mix of entertainment this spring and summer in Muskegon.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports the new Street Performer Series will take over downtown's sidewalks, street corners and stages on June 3 and Aug. 5.

On each night, dozens of performers including puppeteers, magicians, face-painters, chalk artists and singers will set up along Western Avenue.

The events are part of the First Fridays initiative that aims to bring entertainment to downtown Muskegon.

Noel Stojkov / WGVU

The Grand Rapids Public Museum and Grand Valley State University partnered to host an exhibit highlighting the urban experience of Native Americans in west Michigan.

As people shuffled into the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Circle auditorium, up on the stage, Native drum and song group Wandering Nation welcomes them in "the good way". While the song may have echoes from another time, it’s actually a contemporary piece written by a local man less than twenty years ago. Here’s band member Jarad Medukas:

All About Holland

May 16, 2016
Holland Area Arts Council
Holland Area Arts Council

All About Holland with the Holland Area Art Council's Lorma Freestone. Today, Jim Henke, member of the Great Lakes Pastel Society, discusses an upcoming exhibit and we run down Holland events.

Arts in Ada

May 12, 2016

The 22nd Annual Arts in Ada festival is happening this Saturday.  Ada Arts Council member Karen Johnson and Artist Pamela Alderman join us this morning with exciting news of a new commission.

The Grand Rapids Symphony

The Grand Rapids Symphony has raised $40 million for its endowment as part of a campaign that started in 2012. How will that $40 million dollars be used to secure future programming?

The Grand Rapids Symphony first organized in 1930.

“We want to share great music that moves the human soul.”

Peter Kjome is Grand Rapids Symphony President and CEO.

“But going beyond that we also want to be integral and indispensable in our community.” / 22 North Photography

Northern Arts Corridor, a monthly spotlight on what's going on in our northern-most listening area. Artist Cindy Beth Davis Dykema joins us for today’s rundown. 

A Grand Rapids exhibition is showcasing the art and design creations of students who are military veterans.

"Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot: An Exhibition of Veteran Art and Design" is open at Kendall College of Art and Design's Helen Miller Gallery.

The exhibit features ceramics, drawing, furniture design, painting, photography, metals and sculpture by student veterans at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.

A closing reception is Saturday.

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An oversized tire swing is back in downtown Grand Rapids after a 30-month absence.

The Grand Rapids Press reports the attraction on the lawn behind the Gerald R. Ford Federal Building has been overhauled to make it safer than it was when it broke in September 2013 while two children were on it, injuring them.

Zack Lahring, the worker who completed re-installation on Tuesday, says the swing's new cables and a new attachment were tested at 30,000 pounds.

The swing is part of a 12-ton work of art created by sculptor Mark di Suvero and installed in 1977.

ArtPrize logo, black
ArtPrize /

ArtPrize is hosting a three-day exhibition to celebrate the artwork of 50 contemporary artists, including 30 who participated in the annual competition.

"Collectors Show / SPRING" takes place Thursday to Saturday in Grand Rapids.

Part of the proceeds support arts education programming for ArtPrize.

Second Ave Arts partnered with ArtPrize on the exhibition, which features artwork that's available for purchase.

The exhibition is curated by New York-based artist Tyler Loftis.