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An oversized tire swing is back in downtown Grand Rapids after a 30-month absence.

The Grand Rapids Press reports the attraction on the lawn behind the Gerald R. Ford Federal Building has been overhauled to make it safer than it was when it broke in September 2013 while two children were on it, injuring them.

Zack Lahring, the worker who completed re-installation on Tuesday, says the swing's new cables and a new attachment were tested at 30,000 pounds.

The swing is part of a 12-ton work of art created by sculptor Mark di Suvero and installed in 1977.

ArtPrize /

ArtPrize is hosting a three-day exhibition to celebrate the artwork of 50 contemporary artists, including 30 who participated in the annual competition.

"Collectors Show / SPRING" takes place Thursday to Saturday in Grand Rapids.

Part of the proceeds support arts education programming for ArtPrize.

Second Ave Arts partnered with ArtPrize on the exhibition, which features artwork that's available for purchase.

The exhibition is curated by New York-based artist Tyler Loftis.

All About Holland

Mar 21, 2016
Holland Area Arts Council

All About Holland with the Holland Area Arts Council's Lorma Freestone. Lorma has the list of what's happening in culturally in Holland over the next 30 days.

The East Grand Rapids Music and Stage Boosters have announced Arts for Life:  A Night at the Ivories. The event is Saturday night. Kelly Mix join us to talk about it. 

Guests representing our Northern-most listenership join us for our Northern Arts Corridor Segment.  Today we have singer/songwriter Ben Benford and the Makers Market of Ludington. Cindy Beth Davis Dykema joins in to help with discussion.

Movie Talk

Mar 11, 2016

WGVU and Ron Van Timmeren preview five new movies opening across West Michigan; "10 Cloverfield Lane", "The Brothers Grimsby", "The Young Messiah", "The Perfect Match" and "Miracles from Heaven."   

Crowd at ArtPrize
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The annual ArtPrize competition is changing the rules, saying past grand prize winners won't be eligible to compete in future competitions.

Changes were announced Thursday.

Previously, grand prize winners couldn't compete the next year.

Spokesman Todd Herring tells The Grand Rapids Press the goal is to "challenge the familiar and challenge the status quo." He says the change is aimed at keeping the choice of finalists fresh.

Previous winners still can display works.

DisArt /

Every month we share the segment Arts and Access Forum, talking about topics related to Disability. Today, DisArt's Chris Smit and Laughfest's Joanne Roehm discuss their partnership.

Off the Beaten Path

Feb 24, 2016 / Stellafly Social Media

Off the Beaten Path; where to go and what to do over the next couple of weeks in West Michigan that don’t make the headlines. SMG's Eddie Tadlock is our guest.

All About Holland

Feb 23, 2016
Holland Area Arts Council

All About Holland, with the focus on the many activities year-round on this part of the Lakeshore. Holland Area Arts Council's Lorma Freestone and Tori Pelz, the juror for the Debut Regional High School Art Competition which opens at the Arts Council March 10, are here to discuss this event and more.