An image of the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids with a blue foot bridge, a tall building, and greenery in the foreground. 

Community Conversation: Land. Water. Parks. People.

August 21, 2019, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM

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4 – 4:30 pm: Free exhibition viewing of the Maya Lin: Flow exhibition (Level 2)
4:30 – 6 pm: Community Conversation (Auditorium)

Maya Lin’s vision for Ecliptic was inspired by native cultures and the importance of the Grand River in their lives, and of the many subsequent generations who have made their home here. Located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Lin’s public park embracing the three states of water draws individuals together today. This conversation will explore how artists and landscape designers have used water to bring communities closer, as well as the important ideas shaping the restoration along the Grand River today. Learn about some of the most exciting recent park projects that teach about nature and environmental sustainability, make our cities more livable, and future opportunities that lie ahead in Grand Rapids parks and Grand River.

Welcome by Erin Gravelyn, Grand Rapids Art Museum Trustee

Moderator: David Marquardt, Director, Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation
Stephanie Adams, Executive Director, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks
Steve Heacock, President, Grand Rapids Whitewater
Jeff Shoemaker, Executive Director, The Greenway Foundation
Lynée Wells, Founder and CEO, Aligned Planning
William Wenk, President, Wenk Associates

RSVP via the link above or by calling GRAM Visitor Services at 616.831.1000.