GVSU Arts Celebration returns with 'aim to spark curiosity'

The GVSU Arts Celebration returns this year with free community events exploring the written, visual and performing arts.

This year features events running from September to November. The slate includes GVSU-originated presentations as well as programming in partnership with other organizations to enhance the celebration's experience for audiences.

Organizers said they are excited to offer those who attend, particularly students, an opportunity to engage in a robust dialogue around the breadth of art forms at GVSU while also having access to world-class artists.

"By providing students and our community with meaningful interactions with renowned artists, writers and performers, we aim to spark curiosity," said Jennifer Drake, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. "This is a key component of lifelong learning — finding new perspectives, exploring ideas, and being inspired through creative expression." CLAS representatives are leading the celebration's planning.

Events are scheduled both on campus and in the community. One of the community venues is a collaboration with Michigan Humanities’ Great Michigan Read and Kent District Library to present author Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, whose debut novel is "Firekeeper’s Daughter."

A person plays a saxophone.
Dan Graser, associate professor of saxophone, is part of the acclaimed Sinta Quartet that will be performing as part of the GVSU Arts Celebration.
Image credit - Kendra Stanley-Mills

Here are this year's events. Visit the GVSU Arts Celebration website for more information and updates.

Stephen Duren: A Life of Painting

Through November 3

Reception: September 14, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

GVSU Art Gallery, Haas Center for Performing Arts, Allendale Campus

Sinta Quartet

September 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Louis Armstrong Theatre, Haas Center for Performing Arts, Allendale Campus

Multiple events on September 27 and September 28 exploring the digital world with artists Ben Grosser and Lauren McCarthy

Experience Design & Digital Interfaces

Ethics of Digital Culture

Feeling Technology with Lauren Lee McCarthy and Ben Grosser

Collaboration & Practice

Screening with Ben Grosser and Lauren McCarthy

Events in October and November

Poetry Night with Kimiko Hahn

October 5 at 7 p.m.

Wealthy Theatre

1130 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids

Great Michigan Read Author Angeline Boulley

October 12 at 6 p.m. 

Kent District Library, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

4950 Breton St. SE, Kentwood

Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies Presents: National Best-Selling Author Robin Wall Kimmerer

November 8 at 11:15 a.m.

Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room


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