Membership Exchange with Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

photo of the outdoor facade of the Children's Museum, a colorful mosaic surrounds a two door entryway 

Membership Exchange with Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

December 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019, All Day Event

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This December GRCM and GRAM Members enjoy reciprocal benefits the entire month! Starting December 1st, enjoy free admission at the Grand Rapids Children’s 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.

Visionnaire Appreciation Night

An outdoor, elevated space which overlooks a beautiful courtyard and bustling city street filled with people. 

Visionnaire Appreciation Night

July 11, 2019, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

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Visionnaire Members Only
Free

Thank you for supporting your Art Museum and joining as a Visionnaire during its first year!

Join us for an artful affair hosted by the Visionnaire Executive Committee on GRAM’s scenic Miller Veranda. Socialize with friends and fellow Visionnaire Members who share your passion for the arts. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a selection of beer and wine; your first drink is on us. Visionnaire Members are invited to bring an additional guest each.

Immediately following this event join the public on the Museum terrace for a live performance by Last Gasp Collective as part of GRAM on the Green, the Museum’s annual summer concert series.

Attendees must be 21+. Registration is required. Please RSVP online in advance or by calling Visitor Services at 616.831.1000.

Not a Visionnaire?
Joining is easy! Join online at artmuseumgr.org/visionnaires, by calling Visitor Services at 616.831.1000, or onsite at the Museum.
Current members may renew or upgrade into the Visionnaires by calling Visitor Services or by renewing online.

Drop In Studio: Mini Sculpture Parks

Two hands shown from above working on a craft in the GRAM studio. The supplies are cut up pieces of paper, wire, scissors and green floral foam. 

Drop In Studio: Mini Sculpture Parks

Saturdays in July, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

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Gain inspiration from artist Maya Lin’s landscape-based sculptures and architecture, then create your own sculpture park in GRAM Studio. Using simple materials, find a link between landscape, sculpture, and architecture.

Drop-in Studio is your chance to escape the everyday and step into a world of creativity and new ideas. Drop in with friends or family to explore everything the studio has to offer, including hands-on art-making activities and interactive learning spaces. The studio is open each Saturday from 1-4 pm and the third Thursday of each month from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Free with admission. Open to all ages.

Sponsored by Amway.

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Community Conversation: Ecliptic—Past, Present, Future

An aerial photograph of a public park, designed as 5 concentric circles. Trees surround the concrete park where people sit at tables [positioned in the center.Photo by Ngoc Minh Ngo

Community Conversation: Ecliptic—Past, Present, Future

June 11, 2019, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

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Cook Auditorium
Free for members, Public $10

Anticipating the 20th anniversary of the opening of Ecliptic, GRAM will convene key individuals in the history of the park to share their memories and insights on its inception, development, and construction, as well as its two decades as a civic gathering spot. Looking forward, the Conservancy team will share plans for preservation and support of the park in the future.

Moderator: Ron Platt, Chief Curator, Grand Rapids Art Museum

Speakers:
Tripp Frey, Trustee, Frey Foundation
Pete Lazdins, Senior Site Designer, Progressive AE
David Marquardt, Director, City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department
Tim Kelly, President and CEO, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.

Gallery Talk with Artist Melanie Daniel

Brightly colored paintings of five people taking selfies in a strange landscapeMelanie Daniel (Canadian, b. 1972). Sharing, 2018. Oil on canvas, 44 x 40 inches. Image courtesy of the Artist.

Gallery Talk with Artist Melanie Daniel

May 23, 2019, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM

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Free as part of Meijer Free Thursday Nights
Level II Balcony

Join artist Melanie Daniel as she discusses her Michigan Artist Series exhibition, Melanie Daniel: Only Four Degrees. This event is free and open to the public.

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Membership Exchange with John Ball Zoo

tiger at zoo 

Membership Exchange with John Ball Zoo

April 1, 2019 – April 30, 2019, All Day Event

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This April, John Ball Zoo and GRAM Members enjoy reciprocal benefits the entire month! Starting April 1st, enjoy free general admission to the Zoo just for being a GRAM member.

GRAM Members will enjoy free general admission to John Ball Zoo.

John Ball Zoo Members will enjoy free admission for two adults and the children of the household at GRAM, plus a 10% discount in The Museum Store.

Visit jbzoo.org to learn about what’s happening this month at John Ball Zoo.

SOLD OUT: Artist Talk: Maya Lin on Art and Environment

A portrait of artist Maya Lin standing in front of her artwork and smiling.Maya Lin. Photograph by Jesse Frohman

SOLD OUT: Artist Talk: Maya Lin on Art and Environment

May 17, 2019, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM

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This event is sold out, but will be streamed live on GRAM’s Facebook page beginning at 6 pm.

Join us for a conversation with renowned artist and designer Maya Lin. Lin will discuss her current GRAM exhibition Flow, her commitment to environmentalism, and the crucial role of water, both to our region, and to global survival. Lin interprets the natural world through science, history, politics, and culture, creating a remarkable and highly acclaimed body of work in art and architecture. Lin has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at museums and galleries worldwide, with works in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Smithsonian Institution, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Nevada Museum of Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the California Academy of Sciences.

Registered guests, doors open at 5:30 pm. Please arrive early as the event promptly begins at 6 pm in Cook Auditorium, where seating is general admission.

Gala 2019: Beyond the Frame

Gala 2019: Beyond the Frame

May 4, 2019, 6:00 PM-10:00 PM

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Drop In Studio: Sculpture Challenge

Hands assemble a small sculpture from random objects. 

Drop In Studio: Sculpture Challenge

Saturdays in September, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

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Recycle, re-use, and re-purpose materials to create a work of art. Pick up a mystery bag of materials and assemble a unique sculpture only using what you find inside.

Drop-in Studio is your chance to escape the everyday and step into a world of creativity and new ideas. Drop in with friends or family to explore everything the studio has to offer, including hands-on art-making activities and interactive learning spaces. The studio is open each Saturday from 1-4 pm and the third Thursday of each month from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Free with admission. Open to all ages.

Sponsored by Amway.

Creativity Uncorked: Painted Portraits

Painting of a figure with yellow hat drinking from a mug. Palette and paints are nearby. 

Creativity Uncorked: Painted Portraits

June 14, 2019, 6:45 PM-9:00 PM

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Find inspiration during a tour of Self, Symbol, Surrogate: Artist Portraits from GRAM’s Collection and discuss the historical and modern methods of creating portraits. Develop a deeper understanding of materials and processes while painting an expressive portrait of yourself or a friend.

No experience is necessary–just an open mind and a willingness to try something new. In GRAM Studio, we focus on the process, not the product, and encourage guests to explore their creativity. All supplies are provided. For more information, please contact Kimberly Mills at 616.831.2927 or gramstudio@artmuseumgr.org.

Two drinks are included with each ticket. Due to the “intoxicating” nature of the fun, participants must be 21+. Registration is required. Space is limited to 30 participants, so reserve your spot today.