A&E Briefs 9/27 – Grand Valley Lanhorn


Confluence Festival arrives at ArtPrize 2021

Confluence is a free multi-day festival that was presented at ArtPrize 2021 to explore the conversion of art, music, science and technology.

The free multisensory festival took place September 24-25 at Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids.

The aim of the festival was to explore the current issues facing the country (energy, employment, transport, equity, healthcare, etc.)

The festival featured a “Music Showcase” presented by Founders Brewing Co. and a “Think Tank Series” focused on health care and wellness in collaboration with technology and innovation.

An “innovation showcase” was also organized, with high-tech startups from traditionally under-represented communities. A “Maker Expo” showcased the region’s DIY community, and a “Future Innovators Zone” featured STEM-based projects for children.

On top of all that, there was a 360-degree multisensory “Art Takeover”.

Downtown Grand Rapids hosts Global Water Fest

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. recently hosted the city’s very first Global Water Fest, a family-friendly event that takes place on the Grand River and at Canal Park.

The free festival was held on September 25 and included dragon boat races, free paddle board lessons, professional waterjet demonstrations and a variety of world-themed craft stalls, live music in direct, food vendors and entertainment.

Events continued from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and celebrated water in all its capacities, whether to support the community, fill our lakes and rivers or facilitate the fun.

Frederik Meijer Gardens is home to a bright autumn garden

The Frederik Meijer gardens have taken their Gwen Frostic Woodland and Shade Garden created a fall glow garden for guest enjoyment.

On September 28 and October 5, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the public is invited to view pumpkins artistically carved by Grand Rapids engraver Alynn Guerra. In addition to pumpkins, there are decorative lanterns, glowing trees, and log lights.

Garden tour fees are included in admission.

If customers are interested in similar exhibitions, they can be found at Michigan’s Farm Garden during Farm Tuesdays.

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. mural wins ArtPrize award

Brian Whitfield, an artist based in Lansing, recently completed his new mural titled “Planted by the Sacred Streams of Grace” at 1020 Monroe Ave. NW.

The project was organized by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) in partnership with the Monroe Community Church in Grand Rapids and made possible through the Activate This Place grant.

Partly because of the mural, the church is launching a three-week ArtPrize sermon series: Meet the (a) Artist to learn about the artists and their perspective on their work.

Whitfield recently won the Contemporary Black Artist Award for ArtPrize 2021.

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