The clock tower on GVSU's Allendale campus has a 44 bell carillon. GVSU has two of the 14 carillons in the state of Michigan.

GVSU rings in 24th Annual Carillon Concert Series

Behind the walls of the Cook and Beckering Family Carillon Towers is far more than just clockwork. Forty-eight intricately crafted bells fill the carillons on each of Grand Valley’s campuses – bells that fill the surrounding areas with sound throughout GVSU’s 24th Annual Carillon Concert Series.  The series, organized by University Carilloneur Julianne Vanden Wyngaard, spans from July 1 through Aug. 19 between both of GVSU’s carillons. Vanden Wyngaard said that the series provides audiences with access to a style of performance that’s unique to the carillon.


Fountain Street Church exhibit pairs art and poetry

At the root of every creation is an inkling of inspiration, regardless of where it comes from. For Grand Rapids' Fountain Street Church, its summer exhibition is directing that inspiration through one creative medium – visual art – and using it to fuel another: poetry.  “Poetry Inspired by Art” filled the church’s Keeler Gallery with a variety of different pieces of art and poetry on Sunday. Fountain Street Church Art committee member Edgar Marty said that using poetry and art to inspire each other is a unique concept that has brought guests to Fountain Street Chuch’s summer exhibition for years.

A high school student conducts his fellow campers at GVSU's Servant Leadership in Music camp on June 20. 
Courtesy / Caitlin Cusack

New Servant Leadership in Music Camp creates inspiring, musical leaders

As young instrumentalists begin their musical education in school, the bulk of their learning involves understanding how to read and perform music. Once they approach a level where they want to become leaders in their band or ensemble, their education begins to incorporate inspiring musical leadership, the focus of Grand Valley’s Servant Leadership in Music Camp on Tuesday. 

"Biotechnology Through the Artist's Lens" fills the exhibition space within the Mary Idema Pew Library  Courtesy / Agnieszka Szarecka 

Microbiology students showcase artistic depictions of studies

When it comes to the various studies present at Grand Valley State University, one would typically not assume that art and microbiology would have much of a potential for crossover. However, students from CMB 150: Biotechnology and Society were able to depict their studies in the form of art, and these works are currently being shown in the Mary Idema Pew Library’s Exhibition Space.

A Marine swears in on stage during opening night of Circle Theatre's "A Few Good Men" May 31. Courtesy / Kyle Way

Circle Theatre continues production season with ‘A Few Good Men’

Bringing a Broadway classic turned movie to the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center, the Grand Rapids-based Circle Theatre kicked off their live production of “A Few Good Men” Thursday. The play, which is directed by Mike Hull and written by Aaron Sorkin, is a continuation of the theatre’s 66th Main Stage season. “A Few Good Men” follows the complex trial of two Marines for their involvement in the death of a fellow soldier in Guantanamo Bay. Also popular for its film adaptation, Hull said the play and movie coincide extremely well, but his theatrical interpretation was independent of the movie’s portrayal.

GVL/ Lanthorn Photography Team   Opening Day Festivities in Downtown, Grand Rapids on Thursday, September 20th, 2017. 

ArtPrize fosters professional development with new internship opportunities

With many college students actively seeking professional experience outside of the classroom, ArtPrize and Ferris State’s Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) have partnered up to provide 12 paid internships in preparation for the "ArtPrize 10" season. The partnership announced it is accepting applications from any West Michigan student for internship positions involving education, volunteer/visitor engagement, development and exhibition management. ArtPrize Director of Learning and Engagement Becca Guyette said that the positions target a plethora of different majors but are not limited to any given major. The program prioritizes giving students experience and skills that can be transferred from nonprofit work to any other workplace. 

GVL / McKenna Peariso  The Wealthy Theater sign promoting the Vendor Exchange event.

Grand Rapids organization helps local artisans expand businesses

Each month, Grand Rapids-based artists, designers and entrepreneurs gather in the rustic lobby of the Wealthy Theatre to celebrate local business and creatives at the Indie Flea Market. The market, which takes place on the first Saturday of each month, is put together by local non-profit group called 'The Vendor Exchange'. The organization works to create bonds in the community between local artisans and the public, as well as to educate and empower emerging businesses.  The Indie Flea Market is just one of the recurring events held by The Vendor Exchange. The group also offers several opportunities for Grand Rapids startups to network, learn, sell their products and establish themselves in the community.

Isaac Norris performs at the GRandJazzFest 2018 Lineup Reveal Party at The BOB in Grand Rapids.  Courtesy / GRand Jazz Fest Facebook 

GRandJazzFest reveals 2018 performer lineup

Jazz music is a widely enjoyed form of art, whether the person listening is a die-hard musician or a casual listener. For those interested in enjoying a weekend of jazz, the seventh annual GRandJazzFest will be taking place in downtown Grand Rapids on Aug. 18 and 19. The event is a free music festival for the entire family that includes variety of activities for all ages.  On April 30, festival organizers unveiled the lineup of performers for this year’s festival. The festival will include musicians such as keyboardist Oli Silk, Western Michigan University student band Lushh and headliner Euge Groove, an accomplished saxophonist with a distinct history in the jazz top 40 charts. A total of ten musicians will be performing across the weekend. 

Courtesy / Jeff Kilgour  Andrew W.K. parties hard in the music video for "Music is Worth Living For"

Andrew W.K. returns to Grand Rapids with new album

Riding on a string of shows that included a performance on CONAN, “party rock” artist Andrew W.K. is set to continue his U.S. tour at the Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids on Thursday. The tour follows the release of “You’re Not Alone,” W.K.’s newest album after more than a decade of musical silence.  W.K., an Ann Arbor native, said the upcoming show isn’t his first visit to Grand Rapids nor the Pyramid Scheme. Despite being familiar with the city, the one facet of performing there that always surprises him is the high turnout to his concerts.