Every community has its own vocabulary -- the names and places that make it feel like home. Here's an insider's look at the history, culture, and special character of a place called West Michigan. By the time you're done reading, you should be able to find us on The Mitten, name some of our beautiful beaches and local celebrities, describe the function of the Fish Ladder, and identify why dentists have a special place in their hearts for Grand Rapids. For extra credit: what world-famous architect designed our downtown amphitheatre?
The brand new Grand Rapids Art Museum, located adjacent to Rosa Parks
Circle, is much more than a spectacular space to showcase the museum's
standing collection and traveling exhibitions. It's also the world's first LEED certified art museum. From its glazed skylights to its recycled-water system, reforested wood floors and high-efficiency infrastructure, the entire building embraces environmentally sensitive standards.
Inside, visitors can enjoy a variety of traditional and contemporary works
displayed in soaring, light-filled galleries. Oh, and there's a great museum
shop, filled with cool gifts.
See also: Green, Rosa Parks Circle, Sculpture
Download a brochure of all 57 Reasons to Love West Michigan (pdf). This information has been provided by The Right Place.