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Saugatuck Center for the Arts

West Michigan's thriving art communities have a long tradition of honoring, creating, and pushing the boundaries on all forms of art. A prestigious art school formed a century ago in Saugatuck, a quite lakeside respite for well-known Chicago artists, which cemented itself as the Art Coast of Michigan. The 1920s brought art education further north to Interlochen, where thousands of students continue to learn the theories and forms of music, dance, writing, and two-dimension mediums. Meanwhile, Grand Rapids rose more than a few eyebrows with its installation of the cherry-red abstract sculpture by world-famous Alexander Calder in the heart of the city.

Today, the art scene is ever-changing with ground-breaking dance, unique exhibits at numerous museums and galleries, and festivals and contests that break the status-quo.

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