.After Dark

by West Grand Neighborhood Organization

Four districts working together to create a safer, stronger Grand Rapids.

Last year, Lions & Rabbits took a small portion of an improvement district and transformed it. Within a few weeks, eight local artists painted murals “After Dark.” 

We invited local neighbors, businesses, artists and friends to participate- and threw a killer fundraising party for corridor improvements. I mean ask the 2,000+ people that showed up or check out the pictures. ​

We listened to the feedback and we are working to host four beautification efforts in, four different neighborhoods followed by four community events on four different dates this summer. We are calling them “.After Dark”

As you know, our neighborhoods are uniquely created. We are working alongside each district to ensure their events are tailored to perfection. We understand how important it is to have each community members’ voices heard. That’s why we are training an artist and business representative from each neighborhood. They are learning how to go through this process from start to finish. Each with their own goals leading them to their own future projects to develop their neighborhoods.

Artists and vendors participating are represented directly within these neighborhoods. We are celebrating the community by rallying the City as a whole to engage with us. All the while, we are making this experience a fundraising effort that is essential for the growth of these communities.

It all started last year when we heard the communities struggles and we took them to heart- and back onto the street. It’s about you, so show us how much you care about these community neighborhoods. 

You are vital to making this project a success! With your support, we will host four beautification efforts in four Grand Rapids neighborhoods on four different dates this Summer. Because of this, we have extended our resources to make a lot more cool things happen. Through Patronicity & the MEDC, a crowdfunding granting program, we can double your dollars when you donate today.

New Event Dates Post COVID:





How can you participate?

From assisting an artist, planting a flower or handing out water, everyone plays a part in the success of these events. 

  • VOLUNTEER Beforehand, during or after- we need you.
  • LIKE, FOLLOW AND SHARE all four events on Facebook and Instagram!  

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