Thursday, March 3, 2011

Downtown Arts!

The Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities has been recently been very involved in the arts in downtown Grand Rapids. There are always a lot of fabulous art events and activities downtown, and throughout the past couple of weeks, the Cook Arts Center and the Cook Library Center have had the opportunity to get involved!

In February, the Cook Arts Center did a very special collaboration with the GRAM and the middle school students from Southwest Community Campus. Every 6th, 7th and 8th grade student traveled to the GRAM to view the current exhibit by Dawoud Bey; a series of larger-than-life photographs that remind us how important it is to look past our first impressions and assumptions about today's youth. (Check out this link for more info on the exhibit: After SWCC students saw the exhibit, they created their own images of themselves with help from GRAM staff and docents, focusing on who they are now and who they want to be in the future. The pieces they created were then displayed on the walls of the Cook Arts Center and SWCC, and families were invited to view both the Bey exhibit at the GRAM and the student exhibits. They also had the opportunity to participate in a hands-on family activity at the Cook Arts Center, led by GRAM staff and volunteers. It was a huge success, and we are all extremely proud of the great work that our local middle school students created.

The event with GRAM was not the end of our downtown adventures. The Cook Library Center and Cook Arts Center both got the opportunity to head down to Broadway Grand Rapids at Devos Hall to see the production Grease! live on stage. Our trip would not have been possible without the generous donation of 25 tickets from Broadway GR - We can't thank you enough!!

The Cook Arts Center Press Club took notes for their upcoming review on the production, and everyone had a fabulous time, singing along to classic songs and watching the amazing performance.

Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities administers the programs of the Cook Arts Center and the Cook Library Center.

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