One man on an ArtPrize mission
Oct. 9, 2014; rapidgrowthmedia.com
When the ArtPrize winners are announced this weekend, a few talented artists will go home thousands of dollars richer, and many of those involved with the Grand Rapids arts community will, we assume, go home and take a nap. But if he plays his cards right and if venues don’t close early, foiling his carefully laid plans — one local man will go home with the satisfaction of having quietly visited every single venue for the fourth year in a row.
… “Because of my love of architecture, I love being downtown. I spend a lot of time looking up at the buildings. Back when I grew up, downtown was just a part of me,” says (Bill) Terkeurst, who was born and raised in Grand Rapids, graduated from Creston High, and attended Grand Rapids Community College and Hope College before moving to the east side of the state to teach. He returned to West Michigan in the early 90s and is now a computer programmer with Hewlett Packard.
Grand Rapids-area colleges, universities release new campus crime statistics
Oct. 9, 2014; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – New federally mandated campus crime reports show just how often Grand Rapids-area college students get caught drinking, possessing drugs, and committing acts of sexual assault and robbery on campus.
(Article does not mention GRCC, but the sidebar includes a link to GRCC’s campus security reports.)
10-year, $15M Midtown Center block renovation finally complete
Oct. 9, 2014; The Holland Sentinel
Holland, Mich. — It took 10 years, about $15 million, the work of several organizations, donations, collaborations and so much more, but now the city of Holland’s Midtown block is complete and many say the renovation was a success.
… The building adjacent to Pine Avenue opened first. It now houses several small businesses and organizations in individual suites. Grand Rapids Community College has classes there. The old gym was renovated into a rental hall complete with a stage. The renovations meant opening the expansive windows to the room, allowing in a lot of natural light.