Art Briefs

Strengths Quest Series: Discover

On Feb. 24, an event held at Grand Valley State University will be based on StrengthsQuest, produced by the Gallup Organization. From 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., students can expect to discover their strengths in areas of their life and profession.

Prior to the program, participants will take the Clifton Strengthsfinder, a web-based assessment of normal personality to discover their top five talents.

In addition, the series will assist students to understand their personal talents and the talents of others as well. Speakers will teach ways on how specific talents can be developed.

The event will be in the Kirkhof Center Room 2263. The StrengthsQuest program is used with students, faculty and staff in a variety of contexts. Contact Valerie Guzman at [email protected] with questions about the program details.

Students must pre-register for this event on OrgSync. For more information on the event, contact [email protected].

New Music Ensemble: ‘Music in their Words’

The Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble will perform their “Music in their Words” project as part of the Grand Haven Public Library music series at 2 p.m. on Feb. 14 at the Loutit District Library. The series includes works by Anna Clyne, Marc Mellits and more.

The nationally recognized New Music Ensemble at GVSU is dedicated to bringing audiences the most significant modern music. Founded in 2006 by its director Bill Ryan, the ensemble performs a large variety of music.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Passport Fair held at GV

On Feb. 23, students in need of a passport or renewing an existing one can head to the Pere Marquette Room in the Kirkhof Center.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the event is held by the Padnos International Center, where students can stop by before-hand to get their picture taken and save time.

To come prepared, students should bring:

Proof of citizenship, a form of identity, a check for $110 made out to the U.S Department of State and a separate check for $25 to the USPS. Photographs can be taken for $3 cash, but students must present their GVSU identification card.

Passport renewals also require two checks, one for $110 to the Department of State and $6.45 to the USPS. To check eligibility for a passport renewal, visit

For more information, contact (616)-331-3898 or [email protected].

Free Puppetry Workshop

For those who are interested in puppets, Grand Valley State University is offering the chance to master the art. A free workshop will be taught by GVSU professors Jason Yancey and Jim Bell, to help students learn from a puppetry professional about what it takes to create puppets and present a play.

Kevin Kammeraad, puppetry professional of the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe, will be available during rehearsals to discuss careers in puppetry.

The workshops will be held from Feb. 13 to Feb. 19 and attendees must commit to attend all sessions. No previous theater experience is necessary, but space is limited. The workshop will conclude with a performance at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 20.

Sign up at the Louis Armstrong Theatre box office in person or call (616) 331-2300.

The workshop and the performance are both free and open to the public.