For Immediate Release

Grand Rapids Art Museum Appoints New Membership Manager

Michael Catching joins GRAM’s Advancement Team

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, February 26, 2021 — The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) is pleased to announce that Michael Catching has joined its staff as Membership Manager. In this position, Catching will play a key role in overseeing and cultivating GRAM’s membership base.

Catching joins the Museum from the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, where he previously held the position of Diversity and Inclusion Program Coordinator and was responsible for the research and development of the Chamber’s diversity, equity, and inclusion programs. 

The Grand Rapids Art Museum is thrilled to welcome Michael Catching to our team,” commented GRAM Director of Advancement Elly Barnette-Dawson. As a strong advocate for community collaboration, with a background in inclusion and program engagement, he will be a dynamic leader for the Museum’s membership.”

A longtime resident of Grand Rapids, Catching brings an enthusiasm for building community relationships to his role focused on evaluating and advancing GRAM’s membership program. He joins the Museum during the planning phase of its new five-year strategic plan and will play a key role in GRAM’s audience development and expansion. 

I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to extend my DEI skill set and passion for the community into an already creative and inclusive space such as GRAM,” added GRAM Membership Manager Michael Catching. I’m very much looking forward to the chance to interact with members, create new and innovative ways to foster diversity in our community, as well as connect our members and donors to the many artists we have here in West Michigan.”

Catching is a graduate of Davenport University and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources Management. He is a scholar recipient and member of the Grand Rapids Young Professionals and is a founding member of the Alpha League Global Enrichment Program. Catching is an active volunteer with Feeding America, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, and Mel Trotter Ministries.

About the Grand Rapids Art Museum
Connecting people through art, creativity, and design. Established in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, the Art Museum is internationally known for its distinguished design and LEED® Gold certified status. Established in 1910 as the Grand Rapids Art Association, GRAM has grown to include more than 6,000 works of art, including American and European 19th and 20th-century painting and sculpture and more than 3,000 works on paper. Embracing the city’s legacy as a leading center of design and manufacturing, GRAM has a growing collection in the area of design and modern craft.

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