Storytelling Beyond Words: Mosaic Film Experience  & Opera Grand Rapids 

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Storytelling Beyond Words: Mosaic Film Experience  & Opera Grand Rapids 

November 14, 2019, 6:30 PM-9:00 PM

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6 pm presentation
6:30 pm conversation and Q+A
Free

Join GRAM alongside a diverse collection of community partners as we explore how wordless storytelling occurs through different forms of creativity and self-expression. In these interactive conversations, participants will learn from local experts and experience how seemingly disparate art forms share commonalities.

On November 14, join the Mosaic Film Experience for a discussion on storytelling without sound in film. The Mosaic Film Experience hosts a variety of annual events and workshops that strive to provide conversational spaces, media literacy resources, and opportunities for diverse youth to tell their own unique stories.

Take a journey with Opera Grand Rapids along the path of opera star, Diane Schoff as she transforms from her everyday self to a glittering, high-spirited character on the Opera Stage. From the elaborate costume to the colorful make-up and wigs, all will be revealed in this fun presentation of what it takes to make an opera singer!

Membership Exchange: Grand Rapids Public Museum

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Membership Exchange: Grand Rapids Public Museum

February 2020, All Day Event

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This February, GRPM and GRAM Members enjoy reciprocal benefits the entire month! Starting February 1st, enjoy free admission at the Grand Rapids Public Museum just for being a GRAM member. Simply present your GRAM member card at the ticket counter for free admission for member-card holders and your children.

Visit www.grpm.org for GRPM’s Museum hours.

Not a GRAM Member? Explore membership levels and join today at www.artmuseumgr.org/membership.

Storytelling Beyond Words: Grand Rapids Ballet & Green NV

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Storytelling Beyond Words: Grand Rapids Ballet & Green NV

October 24, 2019, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

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6 pm presentation
6:30 pm conversation and Q+A
Free

Join GRAM alongside a diverse collection of community partners as we explore how wordless storytelling occurs through different forms of creativity and self-expression. In these interactive conversations, participants will learn from local experts and experience how seemingly disparate art forms share commonalities.

On October 24, meet Nathan Veeneman, owner and lead designer at GREEN WITH NV, which creates custom floral and plant designs for homes, weddings, and events. For his presentation, Veeneman will be creating two large floral arrangements, each of which will tell a different story through use of color and flower placement.

Grand Rapids Ballet is Michigan’s only professional ballet company and presents five programs a year, including the annual holiday tradition “The Nutcracker” at DeVos Hall with the Grand Rapids Symphony. The company presents ballet in a wide range of styles, from classical to contemporary, traditional to experimental. Hear from artistic director James Sofranko about what “storytelling without words” means in the context of dance, and see company dancers demonstrate live, with excerpts from the most recent program “Firebird,” which runs October 18-25th. Learn more at grballet.com.

Storytelling Beyond Words: The Quilt Index  & Meteor Ink

The image on the left is of a quilt, with many squares of different colors and patterns. In the center of the quilt is a 3 by 3 grid of a portrait of an elderly woman's face. The image on the right is a close-up of a tattoo, of two hands outstretched with their pointer fingers about to touch, referencing Michelangelo's Creation of Adam. 

Storytelling Beyond Words: The Quilt Index  & Meteor Ink

October 31, 2019, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

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6 pm presentation
6:30 pm conversation and Q+A
Free

Join GRAM alongside a diverse collection of community partners as we explore how wordless storytelling occurs through different forms of creativity and self-expression. In these interactive conversations, participants will learn from local experts and experience how seemingly disparate art forms share commonalities.

On October 31, Join professor and curator Marsha MacDowell, Ph.D. for a presentation on storytelling through quilting. MacDowell serves as the director of The Quilt Index—a community-engaged, digital humanities project that preserves and creates access to stories and images of quilts and their makers. Explore a sampling of local quilts and quilts from around the world that communicate visual stories.

Enjoy a presentation by Emerson Jermstad and Ryan Heed, apprentices at Meteor Ink House de Tatuadora—a tattoo shop on South Division in Grand Rapids. Meteor Ink offers tattoos and piercings, and as apprentices, Jermstad and Heed are learning to master these art forms. Their presentation will include a brief history of tattooing, as well as its role in many cultures throughout the world. Learn how tattooing is an important and varied medium of expression.

Storytelling Beyond Words: Kendall College of Art and Design Fashion Studies & Circle Theatre

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Storytelling Beyond Words: Kendall College of Art and Design Fashion Studies & Circle Theatre

November 7, 2019, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

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6 pm presentation
6:30 pm conversation and Q+A
Free

Join GRAM alongside a diverse collection of community partners as we explore how wordless storytelling occurs through different forms of creativity and self-expression. In these interactive conversations, participants will learn from local experts and experience how seemingly disparate art forms share commonalities.

On November 7, join Lori A. Faulkner, associate professor and chair of the Fashion Studies program at KCAD for a presentation on how fashion designers utilize storytelling to show the creative inspiration that makes their design unique.  Where will the user be wearing the garment, what does the wearer need to be able to do in the apparel and what does the wearer wish to express in their clothing choice? 

Circle Theatre has been enriching, educating, and entertaining West Michigan audiences through the theatre arts for 67 years. Enjoy a presentation by Director of Creative and Audience Development, Noddea Skidmore, along with guest designer, Caroline Cahoon as they discuss the collaboration process for the graphic design images for the 2020 season lineup of plays and musicals. Learn how the images take center stage in the theatre’s marketing and identity, while influencing the creative and design process of the production teams that bring each show to life.

Yoga at GRAM

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Yoga at GRAM

January 16, 2020, 5:45 PM-6:45 PM

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The Grand Rapids Art Museum and AM Yoga present Yoga at GRAM, with support by Priority Health. Join us on select Thursday evenings for exceptional Vinyasa-style yoga classes with instructors Ashley Yost and Mali Jane.

Thanks to the generous support of Priority Health, classes are donation-based and proceeds go directly to support AM Yoga. All classes are held in GRAM’s Cook Auditorium and start at 5:45pm, unless noted otherwise.

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Sold Out – Little Member Morning: The Art of Wordless Storytelling

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Sold Out – Little Member Morning: The Art of Wordless Storytelling

October 26, 2019, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

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This event has reached capacity. Thank you for your interest.

Members only, Free

Celebrate our latest exhibition, David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling with a special morning designed for our youngest members! Parents, caregivers, and grandparents are invited to bring their little ones for story time, art-making, and an interactive guided tour of the exhibition. David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling explores the dreamlike, fantastical work of American Illustrator and writer of children’s books, David Wiesner. Guests are encouraged to draw inspiration from Wiesner’s work and come dressed as a lizard who likes to paint, playful cat, or colorful bug.

Little Member Mornings are perfect for members ages 4 to 8, but all ages are welcome to participate. Registration is required. Register online or by calling Visitor Services at 616.831.1000.

Are you interested in attending this event but aren’t a GRAM Member? Joining is easy. Join online at artmuseumgr.org/membership or by calling Visitor Services during Museum hours at 616.831.1000. Support your Museum by joining today!

Let’s Create! With David Wiesner

A watercolor and acrylic painting  of a horned lizard and collared lizard standing back to back. The collared lizard on the right is smiling and holding up a bucket of brightly colored paint, while the horned lizard on the left is scowling and holding a palette and brushes.David Wiesner (American, b. 1956), Art & Max, 2010. Watercolor and acrylic on paper, 9½ x 12 inches. Copyright ©2010 by David Wiesner.

Let’s Create! With David Wiesner

October 12, 2019, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

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Free
Seymour Library, 2350 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids

Come spend the morning at the Grand Rapids Public Library, Seymour Branch, with author and artist David Wiesner – creator of Caldecott Medal winning picture books Tuesday, The Three Pigs, and Flotsam. Wiesner will discuss his artistic process and how he creates images that tell stories without words. Read along with the images as he shares one of his beloved books. Following this short presentation, you are invited to create your own story without words and help create a visual narrative that will be displayed for the whole community. David Wiesner will be on hand to sign books, which will be available to purchase at the event.

This event is co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids Public Library.

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Date Night Tour: Abstract Art in GRAM’s Collection

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Date Night Tour: Abstract Art in GRAM’s Collection

December 12, 2019, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

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$10 GRAM Members, $20 Non-members (per person)

Enjoy an evening with your loved one on a special tour of the Grand Rapids Art Museum! Explore abstract works in GRAM’s permanent collection and learn about the emotions and techniques behind abstract art, including the use of color, perspective, and style. Members will start the evening with complimentary cocktails in East Court at 7 pm before departing for their guided tour at 7:30 pm.

Tickets include 1 complimentary wine or beer per person, parking voucher, docent-led tour, and access to the galleries. 21+.

Not a GRAM Member? Joining is easy. Register online at artmuseumgr.org/membership or by calling Visitor Services during museum hours at 616.831.1000. Support your Museum by joining today!

GRAM Circle Preview: David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling

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GRAM Circle Preview: David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling

October 10, 2019, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM

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Donors, Corporate Partners and Special Guests of GRAM are invited to join us before the member opening of David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.

RSVP by calling 616.831.2913 or online using the button above.

Information about GRAM’s Corporate Partner program can be found here or call Marnie McGuire at 616-831-2901.
Become a Donor Circle member today! Join online or call Laura Bull at 616-831-2907.