This Space is Not Abandoned
Banding together as the Cultura Collective, a group of Grand Rapids artists have temporarily taken over a warehouse in the heart of the vibrant Roosevelt Park neighborhood at 912 Grandville Avenue. This site is being used to explore themes of race, cultural identity, and personal experience as the exhibition This Space Is Not Abandoned. In Grand Rapids, spaces driven by and for people of color are often approached with layers of assumption, social fear, and stereotypes that place people into a box that is frequently held up as “ethnic” or “exotic.” This Space Is Not Abandoned seeks to overcome these assumptions through the vehicles of expansive murals, paintings, photographs, multi-media installation, fashion, dance, and theater. Community members will own the space, create freely, and hold up one another’s cultures, identities, and visions, inviting viewers to learn more about artists who live and work locally; who they are as creators and as people.