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Y is for Yuri Kochiyama

Yuri Kochiyama was an activist who fought for the rights of POC communities. Kochiyama was born in 1921 in San Pedro, California but she spent her childhood in San Francisco. On December 7, 1941 the police came to Kochiyama’s house to take her father to a detainment center because he was speculated to be a potential threat from Japanese Security. He […]

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H is for Hazel Scott

Hazel Scott was a Pianist known for her ability to switch the moods of her music. She was especially good at jazz.  Hazel Scott was born on June 11, 1920, in Trinidad, Spain. She started playing piano when she was three years old and had a natural talent for playing by ear. After moving to the U.S, she learned the […]

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Introducing Jovita Idar

Jovita Idar was a journalist, activist, and suffragist. Jovita was born in Laredo, Texas on September 7, 1885. She grew up surrounded by a lot of activism and journalism, which inspired her to advocate for women’s rights, including the right to vote. When she saw that many Mexican women didn’t know how to help in the women’s rights movement she […]

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F is for Florence Griffith Joyner!!

Olympic gold medalist Florence Griffith Joyner was a track and field athlete. Born on December 21, 1959, in Los Angeles, California, she started running at age 7 and won the Jesse Owen National Youth Games when she was 14. She attended California State University and later transferred to University of California where she was coached by Bob Kersee. Florence went […]

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Virtual Tour of Grand Rapids Art: Part VI

This week on our virtual walk through the Rad Women Walking Tour, we’re taking a look at the painting of actor and comedian, Carol Burnett. It was painted by Kerry Rolewics and is located on Ionia Ave and Lyon street.  Carol Burnett was born in San Antonio, Texas on April 26, 1933. She grew up during the Great Depression and […]

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Virtual Tour of Grand Rapids Art: Part IV

This piece is located on the corner of Monroe Ave. and Pearl st. It is the start of the Rad Women walking tour in DownTown Grand Rapids. It is a series of 26 paintings (A through Z) of famous women all done on the sides of electrical boxes around town! The project was undertaken in honor of International Women’s day […]

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Virtual Tour of Grand Rapids Art: Part III

This surrealist mural of a robot holding a twig with its detached hand is painted on the side of Swanky’s Pizzeria, a couple of blocks from City. The building is located at 1300 Plainfield Avenue Northeast. Unlike many of the other murals we have featured, this artwork highlights the often adversarial relationship between nature and technology. It might even be […]

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Virtual Tour of Grand Rapids Art: Part II

This mural, which we will refer to as the Unicorn Mural, is located on the side of Central District Cyclery just down the street from City High Middle. The mural was painted by artist Elliot Chaltry, who specializes in brightly colored paintings of animals, both realistic and fictional, which often seem to burst from the canvas. He goes by the […]

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Virtual Tour of Grand Rapids Art: Part I

Grand Rapids, home of the Art Prize competition, is lucky to have a huge amount of public art. Those of us who live here have access to public murals, painted telephone boxes, city-wide art installations, and much more. Unfortunately, nobody is able to access and appreciate this art during the shelter in place order. This week marks the first of […]