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Bielsko-Biala - Poland, Grand Rapids Sister Cities

ArtPrize 2016 Visiting Artist, Inez Baturo

Grand Rapids Sister Cities International Bielsko-Biała, Poland, Committee announces Bielsko-Biała artist Inez Baturo. She is participating in ArtPrize 2016. Her black and white landscape photography is displayed at Homestead Suites by Hilton, 161 Ottawa, NW. “We are pleased to host Ms. Baturo as an extension of our Grand Rapids Sister Cities friendships,” Mayor Rosalynn Bliss… Continue reading ArtPrize 2016 Visiting Artist, Inez Baturo

Grand Rapids Sister Cities, Omihachiman - Japan

Yuka Oba, Ballerina Speaks at J-Chat

On Monday, June 6th, J-Chat hosted Grand Rapids Ballet ballerina, Yuka Oba, to speak about her work, life and experiences performing all over the world. Those who attended were able to ask questions and practice speaking in Japanese. To learn more about Yuka, read her biography on the Grand Rapids Ballet webpage. J-Chat takes place… Continue reading Yuka Oba, Ballerina Speaks at J-Chat

Bielsko-Biala - Poland, Grand Rapids Sister Cities

Grand Rapids artists in Bielsko-Biala

Two artists (GVSU Professor, Tim Fisher and student, Sean Hamilton) and a GVSU Media Major (Megan Jones) travelled to Bielsko-Biala in June to take part in an artists-in-residence program set up by Bielsko-Biala City staff and coordinated by Galeria Bielska BWA. This was everyone's first visit to Poland, and the Department of City Promotion in Bielsko-Biala… Continue reading Grand Rapids artists in Bielsko-Biala

Bielsko-Biala - Poland, Ga District - Ghana, Grand Rapids Sister Cities, Omihachiman - Japan, Perugia - Italy, Zapopan - Mexico

Celebration of Cities Fundraising Dinner

Grand Rapids Sister Cities International invites you to join them for a celebration of building bridges and connecting with people from all of our sister cities across the world. This festive evening will feature multicultural entertainment including Japanese children dancers and a Polish accordion player as well as a silent auction. An ethnically diverse dinner highlighting your choice… Continue reading Celebration of Cities Fundraising Dinner

Bielsko-Biala - Poland, Grand Rapids Sister Cities

Hamtramck Bus Tour | Register Now!

Tour Cultural Hamtramck and Detroit Institute of Arts with the GRSCI Bielsko-Biała Committee and the Polish Heritage Society. Discover the best Polish tastes and cultural history along with internationally renowned artwork at the DIA! October 15, 2016 7:00 am departure, expected return 8:00 pm Park and ride locations are on the north and south sides of… Continue reading Hamtramck Bus Tour | Register Now!

Grand Rapids Sister Cities

“A Special Woman Who Influenced Me” | International Women’s Day Award

All five Grand Rapids Sister City committees came together to establish an International Women’s Day Award. The contest was open to all secondary schools (grades 9-12) including public, parochial, charter, and home schools in the City of Grand Rapids. As the title of the essays, “A Special Woman Who Influenced Me," suggested students reflected on a woman… Continue reading “A Special Woman Who Influenced Me” | International Women’s Day Award

Bielsko-Biala - Poland, Grand Rapids Sister Cities

Hamtramck Bus Tour | Cancelled

The Polish Heritage Society's joint-sponsored cultural bus tour of Hamtramck and the Detroit Institute of Art has been cancelled. Stay-tuned for more information about a rescheduled trip in the fall. Discover the best Polish tastes and cultural history along with internationally renowned artwork at the DIA! Date TBD 7:00 am departure, expected return 8:00 pm Park… Continue reading Hamtramck Bus Tour | Cancelled

Bielsko-Biala - Poland, Ga District - Ghana, Grand Rapids Sister Cities, Omihachiman - Japan, Perugia - Italy, Zapopan - Mexico

Christmas at the Gardens

Debuting this past Christmas season and on display at the Fred Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park through January 3, 2016 were famous landmarks from our five Sister Cities. All models were made of natural woodland items like wood, moss, stones, nuts, and leaves. These models were new this year to the Gardens and were an astonishing… Continue reading Christmas at the Gardens

Grand Rapids Sister Cities, Perugia - Italy

Perugia Annual Scholarship Open

The Perugia Committee along with the University for Foreigners is proud to announce the annual Angela Andrews Ryan - UNISTRA scholarship is open and seeking applicants for 2016! This long-standing annual scholarship is available to Grand Rapids area residents and students interested in representing Grand Rapids in our sister city of Perugia. The recipient would study the… Continue reading Perugia Annual Scholarship Open