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My Town: Collegiate Vocal Competition April 6

My Town: Collegiate Vocal Competition April 6

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Students from Aquinas College, Hope College and Grand Valley State University will hit a high note Sunday, April 6 with Opera Grand Rapids' Collegiate Vocal Competition.

The event begins at 7 p.m. inside the Betty Van Andel Opera Center, located at 1320 E. Fulton in Grand Rapids. Guests can also listen to the Second Division winners from Western Michigan University and Hope College.

At Arts in Motion Studio, art is the great equalizer

At Arts in Motion Studio, art is the great equalizer

By Zinta Aistars
This story originally ran in Rapid Growth

Delight Lester, 53, sits comfortably spread out in the corner of the soft couch, her long pale blonde hair draped over her shoulders. She is surrounded by crayons and pastels, colored construction paper and paint brushes.

My Town: Prepare for a 'Museums Free 4 All'

My Town: Prepare for a 'Museums Free 4 All'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—One month from today, it will be a “Museums Free 4 All” in Grand Rapids.

On May 4, Amway is once again covering the cost of admission for families to four major Grand Rapids museums, including the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, the Grand Rapids Public Museum and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.  Participants can also jump on a free shuttle to travel to and from each museum.  Amway will also be hosting fun, family-friendly activities outside the GRAM.  People who get their “passport” stamped at all four museums will also have a chance to win prizes.

My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School

My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A group of fifth grade students from Harrison Park School will celebrate the grand opening of their own exhibit, created in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Teacher Abbie Marr’s students were among the ten classes to take  part of this year’s IMMER5E program, which takes children out of the classroom and into the museum for a week of learning.  As a culmination to the program, Marr’s class created their own museum exhibit centered around the Grand River, which will open at Harrison Park School on April 16.

My Town GR Central: Grand Rapids Public Museum releases survey for future exhibits

My Town GR Central: Grand Rapids Public Museum releases survey for future exhibits

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Public Museum is looking to community members to help decide what its next exhibits should include.

The museum has posted a survey to gauge public interest in a variety of exhibit genres, including the Ice Age, Health/Wellness, Bugs/Insects, Crime, Egyptian, Music, Science/Engineering and Fashion.  The museum is also trying to rank its three most popular exhibits among visitors.

To take the survey, click here.

My Town EGR: Aquinas College professor publishes book on Mexican American War

My Town EGR:  Aquinas College professor publishes book on Mexican American War

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- Dr. John C. Pinheiro, associate professor of history and director of Catholic studies at Aquinas College, has published a book detailing the religious history of the Mexican-American war. Missionaries of Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War has been published by Oxford University Press.

With Latino immigration and border disputes currently in the national spotlight, Pinheiro believes it is important to look back and understand the impact of the Mexican-American War of 1846 to 1848. Manifest Destiny, the 19th-century belief that the expansion of the U.S. throughout the American continents was both justified and inevitable, and American republicanism both relied heavily on anti-Catholic civil discourse. When the Protestant United States went to war with Catholic Mexico, anti-Catholic rhetoric became a factor in every major argument for and against the war.

1st Annual Art in the Park for Grand Rapids Montessori

1st Annual Art in the Park for Grand Rapids Montessori

The weather is slowly changing and this group is enthusiastically planning the 1st Annual, Art in the Park @ GR Montessori @ Fountain.  “The Park” is located on Lyon and sits to the west of the grade school playground and behind the HS.