Extravagala: GRAM Gala 2023

Saturday, May 6, 2023
6:00 pm — 11:30 pm

This event is sold out. 

The Grand Rapids Art Museum’s annual gala returns on Saturday, May 6 with Extravagala, a GRAM gala unlike any other. Imagine a black-tie event where you are encouraged to laugh louder, dress bolder, and revel at the intersection of play and party. 

Join us for an immersive evening of entertainment, including whimsical performances and live music, a seated dinner with colorful cocktails, dancing, and more. As part of the evening’s festivities, we’re pleased to introduce you to GRAM’s incoming Director and CEO, Cindy M. Foley. Proceeds from Extravagala benefit GRAM’s artistic and educational programing.

Cocktails | 6:30 pm

Dinner | 7:30pm

Entertainment | 9:00 pm

Featuring Simone Vitale Band

Co-Chairs: Scott & Gigi Branc and Alex & Brittany Thibodeau

Sales for Extravagala are closed.

Grand Rapids Art Museum

For more information, please contact Haley Marcos, Advancement Events Coordinator hmarcos@artmuseumgr.org or 616.831.2925.

Sales for this event are now closed.

Extravagant Black Tie
Wear bright colors, bold patterns, and statement pieces.

Thank you to our sponsors

Support for this event is generously provided by:

  • Daniel and Pamella DeVos
  • The Meijer Foundation
  • Karl and Patricia Betz
  • Ken Betz and Pat Brewer
  • Beth O’Shaughnessy and Terry Rathbun
  • RDV Corporation
  • Bill and Marilyn Crawford
  • Eenhoorn, LLC
  • Ferris State University and Kendall College of Art and Design
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Barbara and Thomas Jackoboice
  • Jandernoa Foundation
  • LaFontsee Galleries and Framing
  • Marsh McLennan Agency
  • Miller Johnson Attorneys- Laurie Murphy
  • New Urban Home Builders
  • Katherine and Cameron Roskam
  • Varnum LLP
  • Warner Norcross + Judd
  • Acrisure
  • Canopy Resources
  • Ronald and Dawn Ford
  • Grand Valley State University
  • ICN Foundation
  • Kate Pew Wolters
  • Phillip and Julie Croll
  • Jeffery and Kate DeLongchamp
  • Frey Foundation
  • Meg Goebel
  • Wallson and Rebecca Knack
  • William Lowry
  • Tom Merchant
  • Stephanie Naito
  • Saugatuck Brewing Co.
  • Dan and Ellen Vander Mey


Robert Israels

Frederick C Herbst III and Paula V Neumann 

Special thanks to the Simone Vitale Band 

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Past Gala Photos

Joining us from out of town? Considering a staycation?

Accommodations in Downtown Grand Rapids

    Within the hotel’s 19th century façade, modern, European-inspired décor offers a serene backdrop for your stay.

    Our warm, residentially styled guest rooms are designed with the modern-day traveler in mind – without sacrificing the traditional touches of luxury that make every room distinctively delightful.

    We feature mid-century modern design and furnishings by Amish artisans. Enjoy our rooftop bar, a local welcome gift, and free-to-borrow bikes.

    From the welcoming lobby and the functional, relaxing rooms to the friendly service and city views, it’s a stay you’ll feel good about. This Downtown Grand Rapids Hotel features multiple spaces to work or relax in, free Wi-Fi throughout and easy access to news, weather, maps, directions and city events. A skywalk offers convenient access to Devos Place Convention Center, Van Andel Arena and dozens of restaurants and night clubs.

    Make yourself at home in the Hotel District, in Downtown Grand Rapids, steps from the Grand Rapids Art Museum and Van Andel Arena. Whether you’re touring the breweries of Beer City USA” or the art collections at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Hyatt Place Grand Rapids / Downtown puts you at the center of the action.

    The JW Marriott Grand Rapids, situated in the heart of Hotel District in Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, provides modern luxury in a place where you can be mindful and present. As the first JW Marriott in the Midwest, discover the beauty overlooking the city and Grand River featuring 331 refined rooms and suites across 23 floors. Embrace our mindful amenities with our recently renovated Wellness Floor – featuring Seraphina Spa, fitness center featuring robust workout equipment, an indoor pool, and steam rooms.

    We offer a selection of spacious suites with separate living and sleeping areas. A fully equipped kitchen ready for your favorite cuisine. Complimentary grocery delivery service to fill your refrigerator and satisfy cravings. Free Internet for connecting to work and the outside world. Free hot breakfast to start mornings off right and a fitness center for strengthening your body and soul. Relax and unwind when you want. And stay focused and productive when it’s essential. At Residence Inn, we’ll make sure you thrive during your stay.

Sponsorship Benefits

    Private Tour with a GRAM Curator for up to 10 guests is a customizable experience. Please contact Haley Marcos to set up your tour. Three weeks’ notice is required for scheduling. Food and beverage can be arranged for your guests for an additional fee.

    Complimentary GRAM Membership for each guest includes a dual membership for 3 months.

    From bringing engaging exhibitions to our galleries, to creating enriching art experiences, to investing in a new generation of artists and audience members alike, our Donor Circle supporters make it all possible. Your membership will be processed at the level of your charitable contribution.

    Corporate Partnership is crucial to the sustainability of our Museum, and it is a wonderful opportunity for companies to give back and become visible supporters of the arts in Grand Rapids. Your membership will be processed at the level of your charitable contribution.