From Beer City to Bielsko-Biała: Exploring Art in Grand Rapids’ Sister City

October is Polish American Heritage Month, and what better way to spend it than in Grand Rapids’ Polish Sister City, Bielsko-Biała. This exquisite city in the south of Poland is shaped with an eclectic mix of architecture, animation, and art — truly an incredible place to experience Polish culture at its finest. Prior to 1951, the Biała […]

Celebrating Detroit’s Food Culture

Detroit’s small businesses and entrepreneurs are thriving, perhaps especially restaurants and food-focused ventures. However, 2014 has been called the year of the restaurant and the trend continues in 2015. This Eater Detroit overview presents 15 of the most notable recent restaurant openings of 2014. Places like Selden Standard, Antietam, and Wright & Co. offer incredible, […]

Tailgate like a Michigander

It’s that time of year again. Whether the temperature is in the 40s or the 80s (this may seem like a huge temperature shift, but in Michigan it’s the norm) there is a light crispness in the air. The leaves are starting to change. The days are getting shorter. Those much anticipated weekends at the lake are […]

Lit in the Mitt

Lit in the Mitt

Happy May, awesome-Awesome Mitten readers! As the old adage goes, this month will (hopefully) bring a break from the April rain and blooming blossoms a-plenty. But for those near Detroit, this May also brings an exciting opportunity to be immersed in the Motor City’s literary culture. Throughout the month of May, an alliance of Detroit […]

Grand Traverse Art Bomb Ignites Our Awesome Mitten

Looking to add some color to our Awesome Mitten’s snowy and blowy winter season? Grand Traverse Art Bomb is sure to offer a cultural respite from the cold throughout the next few months. Friends and co-founders Ryan Walsh and Jennifer Haase created the now-popular Grand Traverse Art Bomb in 2011. Being creative individuals and versed […]

14 of the Best Michigan Museums

Top Michigan Museums - The Awesome Mitten

Feeling a little cabin fever? Get out and learn something! The Mitten State has a museum to suit any interest, ranging from our state’s great history and art to bottle caps and the Frisbee Hall of Fame. There are literally hundreds of museums to explore in Michigan – but these, hand picked by us here […]

Great Lakes Folk Festival

The Great Lakes Folk Festival, an annual summer favorite in East Lansing, is as diverse as it is exciting. From Aug. 10 — 12, musicians, vendors, dancers, and scholars from around the globe will collect in the campus village to share and honor tradition, diversity, and scholarship. The event is free to the public. The festival is […]

Day 27: UICA Human Chain Moving Parade

[box size=”large” border=”full”]Why it’s awesome: The UICA is awesome because of its focus on contemporary and emerging art, is in the process of moving to a new LEED certified building and had 100 volunteers form a human chain in order to move boxes from the old building to the new.  Enough said! [/box] Moving is […]