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Counting Down the Top 40 Foundation Grants of All Time #32: Middle School Murals and Artists in Residence

photo of middle school mural

It would be impossible to visit East Grand Rapids Middle School without seeing artwork funded by grants from the Foundation. 

In fact, even before entering the building, visitors see student-created banners on the poles in the parking lot, and an artist-created mural above the bike racks. 

Inside, there are more installations, including a new mural in the cafeteria that will continue to evolve as students add their own creativity to it. 

Students also get to interact with artists in residence, learn about their creative process, and collaborate with them. 

It’s all part of one of the main objectives of the grants the Foundation funds: Give our students opportunities to find their passion. 

Thank you, Foundation donors, for making this possible! You can help support our mission of investing in educational enhancements for all our students on our Donate page.


  • Ray and Kristin Abraham
    Ray and Kristin Abraham
  • The Adamy Family
  • Sue and Marty Allen
  • The Bissell/Kruer Family
    The Bissell/Kruer Family
  • Dennis and Jennifer Bruce
    Dennis and Jennifer Bruce
  • Jason and Elizabeth Christopherson
  • Pat Connor
    Pat Connor
  • Nancy Cook
  • Damian and Sara deGoa
    Damian and Sara deGoa
  • Rick and Carol Godfrey
  • John and Deanna Green
  • The Iakiri Family
    The Iakiri Family
  • KV and Jena Lacks
  • Steve and Jenny McMahon
  • Dave Mehney
    Dave Mehney
  • Matthew Richenthal
    Matthew Richenthal
  • Elaine Rongey
  • Beth Wells Skaggs
    Beth Wells Skaggs
  • Abby and Rich Sorota
  • Nick Thole and Amy Turner-Thole
    Nick Thole and Amy Turner-Thole
  • Charley and Janine Thompson
    Charley and Janine Thompson