New downtown African-American museum gets a break on its rent

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A new Grand Rapids African-American Museum and Archives (GRAAMA) will soon open on downtown’s Monroe Center NW thanks to a two-year sub-lease it will sign with the Downtown Development Authority (DDA).

Located at 89 Monroe Center NW, the museum will have its grand opening on Monday, Dec. 26, the first day of Kwanzaa, a seven-day festival of celebrated by African-Americans.

George Bayard, who has been operating art galleries specializing in African American art for the past 30 years, said he has been working towards the creation of a local heritage museum for the past three years.

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