Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts http://michiganradio.org en Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts facing financial problems http://michiganradio.org/post/urban-institute-contemporary-arts-facing-financial-problems <p>The head of Michigan&rsquo;s largest contemporary arts center has stepped down as part of a plan to stabilize the museum&rsquo;s finances. The Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids is also cutting its hours.</p><p>The UICA&rsquo;s board of directors voted on the restructuring plan this week to try to stabilize what they call a &ldquo;declining financial situation&rdquo;. But the board will not discuss details of the budget or the restructuring plan publicly.</p><p>Board President Kathryn Chaplow says the board has reached out to a small group of &ldquo;major donors&rdquo; to help with some immediate funding.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s very rare for people to go through something like this. But with the way people step up its just overwhelming and its humbling. The UICA isn&rsquo;t going anywhere,&rdquo; Chaplow said.</p><p>The UICA&rsquo;s executive director Jeff Meeuwsen has agreed to step down as part of the plan. He will stay on as a temporary consultant for up to 90 days.&nbsp;</p><p>Chaplow says she hopes the cut in hours will be temporary. And she says the board will be seeking a new director. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 22:23:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7180 at http://michiganradio.org Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts facing financial problems Michigan’s largest contemporary arts center getting even bigger http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-s-largest-contemporary-arts-center-getting-even-bigger <p>This weekend the Grand Rapids <a href="http://www.uica.org/">Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts</a> opens at its new location.</p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pepfX6D5SI&amp;feature=player_embedded">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pepfX6D5SI&amp;feature=player_embedded</a></p><p>The UICA is the largest contemporary arts center in Michigan. With the new location, it&rsquo;s one of largest in the country in terms of programs and square footage.</p><p>There are five floors, including a ceramic studio, two theaters, and a place for kids to create art. There are very unique gallery spaces; this is not your average, open, white, space gallery. Fri, 29 Jul 2011 20:59:28 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3534 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan’s largest contemporary arts center getting even bigger Line of people volunteer to move UICA block by block http://michiganradio.org/post/line-people-volunteer-move-uica-block-block <p>Grand Rapids <a href="http://www.uica.org/">Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts</a> is moving into a new location. Its new home is only 2 blocks away from where it is now, so today volunteers lined up to help them move. More than 60 people created a human chain, passing one box along from one person to the next.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;You know we depend on volunteers,&rdquo; UICA Executive Director Jeff Meeuwsen said, &ldquo;We&rsquo;re very community-oriented and we said right away, how can we involve people in our move?&rdquo;</p> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 23:06:46 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3105 at http://michiganradio.org Line of people volunteer to move UICA block by block