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Bubbles and Brushes Feb.13

Bubbles and Brushes Feb.13

Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants

Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Nearly three dozen West Michigan schools are getting a financial boost to help students learn outside the traditional classroom.

The Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs recently awarded more than $55,000 grants to 147 schools as part of its Arts & Culture Trek “Bus Grant” program.  Each school received up to $500 to help cover transportation costs for an arts or culture-related field trip through May 31.

 "These grants subsidize field trips across the state and expose thousands of students to arts, science and humanities experiences that enrich classroom learning.  Many of these trips would not have been possible in a year where most schools are continuing to cope with significant budget cuts," says Marianne Dorais, executive director of Michigan Youth Arts.

This year’s recipients include:

  • Comstock STEM Academy (Kalamazoo)
  • Cooper Elementary (Kalamazoo)
  • Kalamazoo C

Entries sought for West Michigan Regional Art Competition

Entries sought for West Michigan Regional Art Competition

LOWELL, Mich.—LowellArts is looking for entries for its 28th annual West Michigan Regional Art Competition.

Entries can be dropped off anytime between Feb.20 and Feb. 22 for judging by Henry Matthews, director of galleries and collections at Grand Valley State University.  Matthews previously served as director of the Muskegon Museum of Art and was a staff member of the Detroit Institute of Arts.  The Austrian native has conducted dozens of worldwide tours over the past 25 years.

The West Michigan Regional Art Competition is open to artists 18 years and older who reside in one of 15 West Michigan counties.  Only original artwork completed with the past two years is eligible.

The West Michigan Regional Art Competition runs from Feb. 26- April 10.  The top five entries announced Feb. 25 will receive a total of $2,000 in cash prizes. 

Former Lowell High School counselor releasing new book

Former Lowell High School counselor releasing new book

LOWELL, Mich.—Lowell High School’s first director of guidance and counseling has released a new book.

Hans Andrews’ new book, "Recognition vs. Merit Pay For Our Best Teachers"  focuses on why recognition programs are more meaningful and accepted by excellent teachers over merit pay plans.  According to Andrews, research finds merit pay plans fail and only 50 percent of K-12 schools in the U.S.

'The Princess and the Pea' coming to the stage Feb. 1

'The Princess and the Pea' coming to the stage Feb. 1

LOWELL, Mich.—A fairy tale classic by Hans Christian Andersen is coming to the stage in Lowell.

Performances of “The Princess and the Pea” will take place Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Lowell Performing Arts Center and Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Saranac Performing Arts Center.  Admission is $5; tickets are available at the door or call (616) 897-8545 for tickets in advance.

The box office opens at 6:30 p.m.  Both performances by the Lowell!Arts Thebes Players begin at 7 p.m.

LowellArts offers second glance of ArtPrize 2013

LowellArts offers second glance of ArtPrize 2013

LOWELL, Mich.—With 1,524 entries, chances are you didn’t see everything ArtPrize 2013 had to offer. But now, there’s a second chance. 

 The LowellArts Gallery is hosting a collection of ArtPrize 2013 entries created by more than 20 Lowell area artists.  The “Second Glance” exhibit is open to the public through Sunday, Feb. 16.  On the final day, LowellArts will host a “Meet the Artists” reception, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The LowellArts gallery is located at 149 South Hudson St. in Lowell.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Lowell looking for its 'Person of the Year'

Lowell looking for its 'Person of the Year'

LOWELL, Mich.—The Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for its next Person of the Year.

The Chamber started awarding its Person of the Year honor back in 1986. Nominations are due by Tuesday, Jan. 14.  Guidelines for eligibility include: