Friday, December 21, 2018
Grin City Closes Operations

After our temporary hiatus, Grin City Collective board of directors decided to permanently close our operations at the end of 2018 in order to allow staff and board members to pursue projects and careers in other directions. We are grateful to everyone who has supported us over the past 12 years.
Read more about our closing.

Saturday, April 14, 2018
Grin City on temporary hiatus

Due to a variety of factors and the recent departure of our excellent most recent programming director, the Grin City Board of Directors has decided the organization will take a temporary hiatus as the board members continue to work on their own, wonderful community projects and businesses. Check back for information on the second round of Grin City micro-grants in the fall.

Sunday, September 17, 2017
Grin City Welcomes Nate Logsdon As Programs Director

We are thrilled to introduce the newest member of the Grin City team. Nate Lodsdon has joined us as Programs Director, the new and only paid staff position at the organization. Nate joins us as former Executive Director Molly Rideout transitions to a role on the Board of Directors. Contact Nate here.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017
New Micro-Grant Program Supports Creative Projects

To better support our community and the collaborative work we care about, Grin City has announced a new micro-grant program for individuals and groups working within a 40-mile radius of Grinnell, IA. Applicants can receive up to $1,000 and professional development support. Learn more...

Monday, August 7, 2017
Grin City is Hiring as Director Molly Rideout Transitions to Board

After seven years spearheading Grin City programming, former Executive Director Molly Rideout is transitioning away from day-to-day programming to join the Board of Directors. The change comes to allow Rideout to focus on completing her M.F.A in Creative Writing. Apply for the new Programs Director position.

Sunday, May 28, 2017
Social Crossings Call for Interviews

From its founding, Grinnell played a role in the Underground Railroad. In Social Crossings, artists Keva Fawkes, Purvi Shah & Anna Swanson explore how Grinnell can continue its spirit of justice. The project is currently seeking community members for a paid interview opportunity to discuss the question, "What does freedom feel like to you?" Learn More...

FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2017
Grin City 2017 Community Resource Guide in layout. Events Planned.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to Grin City's first ever community resource guide. We have moved into layout mode and are excited to release the guide for the community at a big party on Tuesday, June 13 at The Stew (927 Broad St, Grinnell). You can take home an early copy during a basic bookbinding workshop on Sunday, June 11. Learn how to sew the binding of your own resource guide! Throughout June we will be distributing the completed guides for free around Grinnell. Learn more about the guide and our upcoming events on the Resource Guide Project Page.

"Map of Things No Longer Here" Collaborators Announced

Six Grin City artists will return to Grinnell this March and June for Grin City Collective's 2017 project "Map of Things No Longer Here." The artists will work directly with the Grinnell community to design two art works focusing on the history of our town's small businesses. These artists were selected for the strength of their collaborative and community-based work portfolio as well as their interest in how local history might build bridges across political, generational and socioeconomic backgrounds in Grinnell. They are:

Rachel Buse / Des Moines, IA
Keva Fawkes / Iowa City, IA
Freesia McKee / Milwaukee, WI
Molly Rideout / Grinnell, IA & Columbus, OH
Purvi Shah / New York, NY
Anna Swanson / Portland, OR

Learn more about on the "Map of Things" webpage. Join our mailing list to get updates on project events.

Alumni Applications for 2017 Project Now Online!

Grin City alumni! If you are looking for a paid collaborative opportunity for 2017, check out Grin City's community project, Map of Things No Longer Here. Applications are open until January 20, 2017.

A BIG thank you to Grinnell College, the Iowa Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts for sponsoring this project!


Grin City's 2017 summer project is coming soon to our home base of Grinnell, Iowa! This year two teams of Grin City's alumni artists will be embedded in the Grinnell community to develop a set of art works, performances or a series of events about the theme of Grinnell businesses that no longer exist. It's a celebration of our Main Street business community! Stay turned for more information. If you'd like to be involved as a Grinnell community member, contact us. If you are a Grin City alumni artist who wants to get involved, applications will be available online December 15, 2016 and due January 20, 2017. Selected artist collaborators will receive $2,000 personal stipend + $500 travel reimbursement + $1,500 group project budget + free housing during residency.


Can you help our summer 2017 project? Let us know!

Grin City is looking for help with the following:
* Housing for 7 people in Grinnell March 11-19, 2017
*Housing for 4 people in Grinnell June 1-30, 2017
*Potluck hosts, Friday nights May -June, 2017