June 16th has become the 'unofficial' celebration of everything West Michigan, and specifically Grand Rapids, as a nod to the area code 616 for the city and much of the metro area. This year the Grand Rapids Hip Hop Coalition and Grand Stand Pictures are throwing a party to celebrate Grand Rapids on 616 Day.

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The event, at Studio Park in downtown Grand Rapids, is the official kick-off for crowdfunding for the new film, A City Within A City: the Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids. Proceeds from ticket sales will be used to start community funding for the project, based on historian Todd E. Robinson's dissertation of the same name.

Activities included are described on the event page:

Re-open the City!

  • Scavenger Hunt
  • popcorn, snacks and beverages
  • game show games - 616 Trivia
  • music
  • prizes
  • humans
  • conversation
  • announcements
  • panel discussion

The event will also feature a Motu Viget Spirits open bar, catering from one two three Tavern, a live DJ, onsite podcasting, live art by Erick Picardo, and special performances by the Mel V Experience & God's Kitchen 1984.

City manager Mark Washington will be giving a keynote speech and a panel discussion will also be featured. The panel will feature the producers of the City Within A City film:

Victor Williams-Producer
Jazmyne Fuentes-Producer
Rodney Brown- Producer
Kim Williams -Associate Producer

Tickets for the event are limited and are $40 in advance. Tickets are available on EventBrite.com.

Date and time: Wed, June 16, 2021 | 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Location: Celebration Cinema Studio Park Piazza, 123 Ionia Avenue Southwest, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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