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?
Ox-Bow School of Art (an affiliate of the Art Institute of Chicago) and its artists' colony have served as a haven for visual artists since 1910. Founded on the shores of Lake Michigan near Saugatuck as an escape from the city, Ox-Bow's campus encompasses 115 acres of pristine natural forests, dunes, a lagoon and historic buildings. It is both defined and protected by the landscape that inspires the artists who live and work here.
Download a brochure of all 57 Reasons to Love West Michigan (pdf). This information has been provided by The Right Place.