Capturing Shadows & Lights: West MI Artists Inspired by the CYC

Have you heard about our latest Grand Rapids art exhibit and collaboration? Starting tomorrow, October 16, through November 18, the Creative Youth Center will have an exhibit featured at Madcap Coffee’s downtown location. We are proud to feature work by West Michigan artists in response to the latest CYC Book of Explosions. Professional artists have made work reacting to student writing, and the collection is bound to be “wow!”-worthy.

A week from today, on Sunday, October 22 from 1-3 pm, there will also be a  reception. Artists will be there, as well as some light bites, and, of course, the amazing artwork. Participating artists include: Sarah Jean Anderson, Brett Colley, Alynn Guerra, Erin Vaughn Laurel, Rachel McKay, Michael Schaeffer, Elizabeth A. Trembley, Andy Budnick, Carolyn Niewiek, Julie Ridl, Meridith Ridl, and Lisa Walcott.

Not only will the beautiful art be on display for over a month, but the pieces will be for sale on a first come, first served basis. All the proceeds will be going towards CYC programming, however Madcap will be able to accept cash and check ONLY. The work is all incredible, so get out of the October rain for a minute to grab a latte and maybe take home some art!

For details check out our Facebook event page.

The Characters that Lived!

The CYC is just tickled pink about our upcoming event on October 26. The Characters that Lived is an amazing opportunity for our students to create characters and see their writing brought to life by professional improv actors. It’s Grand Rapids’ only all ages improv show and will be a night to remember. The event has been a huge success for two years now and promises to be a legendary night of laughter and love yet again. The proof is in the pudding, as they say!

And now, for a sneak-peek-exclusive of some of the zany characters that will be flying across the stage in just a few weeks! You’ll be enchanted by 3rd grader Chloe’s character, Malia Love Alanna, a Dominican “fun girl to play with,” and a gymnastics teacher who likes to say “Chicka chicka boom boom!” in Spanish. Malia will be gracing the stage for one night only, along with Biggy. Biggy is the creation of Andrew, a fourth grader, and Biggy has a pet dog named Grizzles. Biggy likes to say “Holy beans!” and wants to be a star someday. Meet these cool characters and more at our show!

Tickets for the event are currently on sale and will be $12 if purchased before the night of. All proceeds go to benefit CYC programming and help us to continue providing our wacky writers with outlets for their amazing ideas. This is an absolutely unmissable opportunity and we want you to be there. So grab an old friend or a new one, and get your tickets while you can!