Rockford man is co-creator of top 10 ArtPrize entry receiving national media attention

More than 15,000 sky lanterns were launched from downtown Grand Rapids 
as part of an ArtPrize entry. More than 50,000 people came to light a lantern or view Lights in the Night – where hope takes flight. The lanterns were meant to represent hopes, dreams and wishes. The ArtPrize entry is now in the Top 10. Photo by Cassie Patton

by Cindy M. Cranmer A Rockford man is one of the co-creators of an ArtPrize entry being discussed locally and internationally after thousands and thousands of participants and spectators gathered Friday night to help Mark Carpenter and Dan Johnson realize their vision for ArtPrize and landing their entry in the top 10. Dan Johnson, of […]

Rockford group to submit entry, perform at ArtPrize

Some of the members of the Rockford ArtPrize choir rehearse under the direction of Renee Vande Wege. The group will be performing a song composed by Kayle Clements, which is the actual ArtPrize entry. Vande Wege is trying to have a 90-member choir perform the song at the ArtPrize performance on September 22.

by CINDY M. CRANMER A Rockford woman is working to turn her dream into reality with an ArtPrize performance that will feature 90 area singers as well as a song entry the public can vote on at the event. ArtPrize, which runs this year from September 19 to October 7, was founded in 2009 and […]

Students release salmon as end to unique classroom project

Isaiah Villerius, in yellow, releases about 30 salmon smolts into the Rogue River in mid-May as part of East Rockford Middle School seventh graders’ Salmon in the Classroom project.	Photo by CINDY M. CRANMER

by CINDY M. CRANMER East Rockford Middle School (ERMS) students ended a unique classroom experience with a field trip to the Rogue River and the release of about 30 Chinook salmon smolts into the river. The program, Salmon in the Classroom, was funded by the Grand River Fly Tyers and involved a partnership between the […]

Rockford woman takes organization that helps with adoption costs national

Some of the youngest members of Team Orphans, (l–r) Reagan Berce, Andre Jarrell, Sasha Jarrell, Rose Jarrell and Anna Kenney, are working to raise money to fund adoption scholarships through athletic activities.

by CINDY M. CRANMER A Rockford woman has put together an organization that is helping athletes come to the aid of abandoned and orphaned children worldwide while doing the activities that they enjoy. Rebecca Cruttenden, Team Orphans founder, expanded the organization nationwide in February. Team Orphans also partners with organized events. They are an official […]

Elementary students have opportunity to create works for Art Attack

Lakes Elementary School students voted and selected their 10 favorite art pieces during the first Art Attack. Students and their winning pieces (pictured, in no particular order) include fifth-grader Ian Hearn; fourth-graders Svens Daukss, Megan Hearn, Sydney Zimmerman, Grace Pilarski, Carly Pitsch, Melanie Bowman and Cierra Davis; third-graders Morgan Hindman and Akselis Daukss; and second-graders Max Bosworth, Jace Kragt and Natalie Vezina.

by CINDY M. CRANMER More than one-third of the students at Lakes Elementary School participated in the first-ever art competition and creativity display at the Rockford school. Art Attack, which the students considered as their version of ArtPrize, included entries from kindergarten through fifth-grade students, according to Matt Zokoe, the fourth-grade teacher who led the […]