Check It Out: UICA and Grand Rapids Griffins

I am on a mission to make the residents of Grand Rapids culturally literate. I believe that arts and culture in our lives is vital to making us whole. Through experiencing art, music, dance, history and theater we grow. By visiting botanical gardens, zoos, sporting events, libraries and museums we better understand our community and our place within it. I also understand that many of these experiences are not within reach of some people, for many reasons, including cost. That is why I am so proud of the Grand Rapids Public Library’s Check It Out: Circulating Membership Program. Now the arts and cultural opportunities are accessible to all with their GRPL library card.

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, better known as UICA is the latest cultural institution to join the Check It Out: Circulating Membership Program.  Grand Rapids Public Library cardholders can check out a pass that allows up to 6 people to visit UICA’s fabulous new facility within six days of being checked out. A great way to explore art in our community.

UICA joins GRAM, the Grand Rapids Public Museum, the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, John Ball Zoo, the Gerald R. Ford Presidental Museum and Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in this unique program that allows the residents of the City of Grand Rapids with a library card to explore the arts and culture in their community for free.

In addition to the passes, several performing arts and sports teams have also donated tickets to performances or games. The Grand Rapids Griffins have donated tickets to several of their games. Use your GRPL library card to check out a family 4-pack. Additionally, the Griffins have established Library Nights. For every Sunday and Wednesday game, fans can present their Grand Rapids Public Library card or Kent District Library card at the Van Andel Arena box office on the night of the game or at The Zone anytime during the store’s regular business hours to save $7 off the price of a Lower Level Faceoff ticket (regularly $18 in advance and $20 day of game). Limit four tickets per card per person, subject to availability.

Other organizations that donate tickets to the program include Opera Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, the Grand Rapids Ballet and the West Michigan Whitecaps.

Use your library card to explore the many arts and cultural opportunities in our community. Get inspired, experience something new, teach the children in your lives about the value of the arts. Then come back to the library and find books, movies, music and online resources about what you saw. But most of all, have fun!

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