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"Creatively strengthening our stewardship of the Grand River Watershed through education and the arts."


Grand River Watershed Arts and Music Council



Upcoming Events


Grand River water Festival
June 22, 2019


Great Lakes Music Camp
October 3-6, 2019



Children’s Music, Dance & Environment Program. The Mudpuppies program activates children’s environmental imaginations through music and dance. By engaging traditional, contemporary, and cutting edge musicians and dancers from a variety of genres and communities, Mudpuppies introduces children to their watershed, teaching them how to make their voices heard and their ideas known. Our organization has extensive connections with diverse artists because of our relationships developed with Traditional and folk musicians from many communities at the Water Festival and with urban contemporary musicians and dancers at the Breakaway Music Festival.

We all love clean water. Be a part of the water protectors community!


Grand Dragon Boat Race


Date TBD, 2020


The first annual Grand Dragon Boat Race blends ancient culture with the excitement of sport and competition, transforming Riverside Park into the host venue for this high-energy day of racing. Whether it's corporate team-building or community teams coming together to compete, this is a unique way to experience the Grand River and to enjoy the park. This prime location on and off the water is situated in the thriving Creston Neighborhood and is close to downtown Grand Rapids and all that it has to offer. A maximum of 21 teams will be registered on a first-come first-served basis.

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What does water mean to you?

Hidden Waterways: Community Watershed Artists Program


Starting Summer of 2018, the Grand River Watershed Arts and Music Council Community Watershed Artists Program is calling on local artists to participate in engaging their communities around water health. We are hiring local artists to paint sidewalk murals that reveal and interpret the “Hidden Waterways” under our streets to initiate local conversations about stormwater pollution. The murals will be chronicled in an interactive map on our website, and engage people in local neighborhoods. This program has been developed in partnership with the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds and Dr. Sarah King of Grand Valley State University. If interested, please fill out the form and attach your proposed artwork. All designs must be approved by the City of Grand Rapids.