Written by guest blogger: Kayla Schubert, Art Shop Coordinator at the MacRostie Art Center
Stop in and see Kayla at the MacRostie Art Center in downtown Grand Rapids. Each month the art center offers new exhibits to view for FREE. They also have local artists work for sale, and they offer art classes on a regular basis.
Grab a cup of creativity at the local coffee shop known for its eclectic menu and monthly exhibit features. If you happen to drink too many caffeinated beverages, you’ll find your trip to the washroom dazzling with the mosaic wall installations.
9. Grand Rapids Area Library
As a Itasca County’s largest city, Grand Rapids is home to people with a variety of backgrounds. The Grand Rapids Area Library, a branch of the Arrowhead Library System, regularly hosts evening lectures that invite the public to listen, learn, and discuss a variety of unique topics.
The YMCA of Itasca County’s Active Living Center is a gathering space for all that also has rotating exhibits. Most recently, an statewide exhibition called “Why Treaties Matter” was featured, and artwork by local artists is regularly on display.
The Kiesler Wellness Center recently opened a beautiful new facility; local artists’ work hangs on the walls of the public space and invites all to reflect on the wellbeing of themselves and their fellow community members.
All across Grand Rapids, you will see Anishinaabe signage featured on public buildings. From the Chamber of Commerce to City Hall, go on a walking tour of downtown and learn the Anishinaabe vocabulary for buildings that are important to the whole community. Visit local businesses that display a window cling saying, “Boozhoo, Biindigen! (Welcome, Come In!)” to support a community organization bringing cultures together in Grand Rapids.
5. Reif Center
The Reif Center is Itasca County’s nexus of performing arts and Broadway-rated features. No visit to Grand Rapids is complete without experiencing an event at the Reif Center, visit their website to view upcoming events.
The Downtown VFW is where locals go when they are looking for superior quality music and a place to meet up with friends for a pint. Give the VFW a call to find out when the next Jazz Night event is coming up!
Grand Rapids Arts has put together a map, available at the MacRostie Art Center, which describes all of the public art that can be visited in an afternoon around the city. While you’re checking out the murals in Historic Central School, you’ll end up at our #2 destination….
The City of Grand Rapids’ Arts and Culture Commission’s program, “Artists-In-The-Attic” provides studio space for up to 6 artists to work and display their creative practice at the top of the Historic Central School. On most days, there is a local artist busy at work, who are more than happy to discuss their artwork!
As the nexus of art and culture in Itasca County, the MacRostie Art Center is a bustling community venue that features monthly rotating exhibitions, seasonal arts education, and an art shop with local and regional artists on display. Local residents and visitors alike take advantage of the MAC’s First Friday Reception to gather, welcome new artists to our community and celebrate the vibrancy of the Grand Rapids’ area arts and culture scene.