Join the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology and Comcast for a showing of the student-produced documentary “Rhythm and Race: A History of African American Music in Grand Rapids” on May 10 at 6:30 pm at Celebration Cinema North in Theatre 12. The showing is free to attend and will be followed by a reception in the Wave Room featuring a panel discussion with the student production team. Light refreshments will be served. Your RSVP is requested and can be completed here.

The showing celebrates the addition of the documentary to Comcast’s Local On Demand channel; all Comcast subscribers state-wide will have access to the film following the May 10 viewing.

The documentary explores how music genres have influenced social justice, advanced equity for African Americans and served as a platform for bringing awareness to injustice and racism. Since it’s well-received premiere last year, the film has been updated to include an exclusive interview with Curtis Rodgers. Rodgers co-founded the Grand Land Recording Company in Grand Rapids, the first record company to sign Al Green.


This invitation is non-transferable. The sponsors seek to comply with applicable state and local gift laws. If you have any questions, if you are required by applicable rules to pay any part of the costs of attending this event, or if you would prefer to pay the fair market value for this event (even if not required to do so), please contact Jeff Snyder at or 616-575-0479.