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Home is where the art is: ArtPrize's artist hosting program connects artists to local community

Move over Airbnb; ArtPrize, along with several other West Michigan organizations, is also harnessing the power of the sharing economy to connect artists to local hosts, making their stay during the annual competition feel like home. As the city gears up for this fall's flood of artists, Stephanie Doublestein hears from one of the competition's winners, who says the program helped her thrive.


Bright idea: How investments in solar energy make for better business plans in West Michigan

What does sunshine have to do with the pint of beer on your local bar? Anya Zentmeyer explains how Alliance for Environmental Sustainability is working with SRInergy and the Michigan Saves Solar Works Initiative to help more West Michigan business and home owners afford rooftop solar panels.

George Eberhardt

RapidChat: George Eberhardt

George Eberhardt works with young artists every day as a drawing, painting, illustration, and graphic design instructor at WMCAT. He’s passionate about nurturing creativity and his story comes full circle as he, too, had fantastic art educators early on. Rapid Growth chatted with George at the bright and energizing WMCAT facility about his art (including a giant west-side mural), his toe-tapping love for music, and his work with students that inspires and fuels his own creativity.


G-Sync: PurrMichigan is political

Lifestyle Editor Tommy Allen goes on a summer-long holiday and imagines a post-Pure Michigan state that is purrfect. Read on for his take on the Mitten's waterways -- and its politics.


Small-scale, big deal: UIX invites urban innovators to exchange ideas in Detroit

Cities are reinventing themselves in creative new ways. Can small-scale projects have big impact? Join the Urban Innovation Exchange this Sept. 24-26 in Detroit to explore creative projects driving neighborhood transformation and trade ideas for the future.


Powering the Mitten: Where will Michigan's energy come from in 20 years?

This fall, legislators in Lansing will take up the question of how Michigan will get its energy in the future. Nina Ignaczak spoke to experts across the sector to find out what they think Michigan's energy landscape will look like in 20 years.

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