Photo Courtesy of Experience Grand Rapids
I’d like all of you to take a trip down memory lane with me, back to 1969 when a wonderful sculpture produced a wonderful community event in Grand Rapids, which is still going strong to this day. The Sculpture? Alexander Calder’s La Grande Vitesse. The event? The Festival of the Arts.
In 1969 La Grande Vitesse was installed in front of City hall in downtown Grand Rapids and it was the inspiration behind what is known as the Festival of the Arts, which has been held annually since 1970. La Grande Vitesse literally means “ the great swiftness” or “the grand rapids,” which makes it a perfect fit for our wonderful city.
The first Festival of the Arts was co-chaired by Betty Jo Crosby and Dan Heines. The original logo of the Festival, a sun, is still in use today and was created as an additional gift, by Alexander Calder.
The Festival of the Arts has activities and attractions for kids and adults of all ages to enjoy; face painting, poetry, music, and who could forget the amazing food that is prepared for the thousands that make their way downtown this great weekend.
Festival of the Arts is held annually the first weekend of June. This year’s 47th Annual Festival takes place this weekend, June 3rd through June 6th. For more information visit their website at: http://www.festivalgr.org.
I would encourage any and all to take some time this weekend, head downtown, and enjoy what this wonderful city and festival has to offer. It’s a treat. Literally.