Grand Rapids lip dub en Warm welcome for new director of Grand Rapids Arts Museum <p>Dana Friis-Hansen started at the <a href="">Grand Rapids Art Museum </a>Wednesday.</p><p>He told those gathered at a reception Friday he wants to make the downtown museum into center for all creative thinking, not just art.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I really believe that as we look to the 21st century museums need to be community conveners and to be sites for bringing together people of different interests, different ideas.&rdquo;</p> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 22:20:05 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3344 at Warm welcome for new director of Grand Rapids Arts Museum Artpod: The LipDub video heard 'round the world <p>In case you&#39;ve been living under a couch cushion for the past week or so and haven&#39;t heard about the <a href="">Grand Rapids LipDub video</a> getting rave reviews, let&#39;s bring you up to speed:</p><p></p> Thu, 02 Jun 2011 20:53:48 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 2736 at Artpod: The LipDub video heard 'round the world Grand Rapids LipDub video gaining traction <p>The &quot;likes&quot; are outweighing the &quot;dislikes&quot; on the Grand Rapids LibDub video on YouTube (<span class="watch-likes-dislikes"><span class="likes">17,752</span> likes to <span class="dislikes">361</span> dislikes... and counting).</span></p><p>More than 1.3 million have watched the video so far.</p><p>In a press release, Rob Bliss, the director and co-executive producer of the video, called its viral spread an &#39;epidemic&#39; (somebody should alert the CDC!).</p><p>And co-executive producer Scott Erickson said the video resonates with people:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;People who watch the video are very impressed by the enthusiasm and the level of community support we were able to capture. But they&rsquo;ve also been amazed by the fact that this was done in a single take.&nbsp; At almost 10 minutes, it&rsquo;s the longest LipDub on record.&nbsp; I think that&rsquo;s captured people&rsquo;s attention and encouraged them to share it with friends.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Today, Michigan Radio&#39;s Lindsey Smith&#39;s story on the LibDub video will air nationally. It will be featured on National Public Radio <a href=""><em>All Things Considered</em></a>.</p><p>Linda Holmes wrote about Smith&#39;s story and the Grand Rapids LipDub video on NPR&#39;s blog &quot;<a href="">Monkey See</a>&quot;:</p><blockquote><p>It&#39;s certainly a technical accomplishment, and it&#39;s great fun, and it&#39;s a project that did many, many things right, down to the choice of the lesser-known live version of &quot;American Pie,&quot; which includes an almost ghostly audience singalong at the first chorus that&#39;s just right for the moment when it appears.</p><p>But as much as it&#39;s a pure treat to watch, it&#39;s also quite moving, and very effective as a response to a list of cities that are allegedly dying...</p><p>It&#39;s a little counterintuitive, but a massive crowd ballet that specifically identifies no one turns out to be a surprisingly powerful translation of a impersonal economic projection to a story about individual people.</p></blockquote><p>Here&#39;s the record-breaking LipDub video in case you missed it:</p><p> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 18:02:02 +0000 Mark Brush 2707 at Grand Rapids LipDub video gaining traction The Grand Rapids lip dub video released <p><a href=""></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 May 2011 20:18:56 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2659 at