LINC UP hosts multiple community events and meetings each year to increase connectivity and build relationships between people of our city.

Whether it is...

Listening to live, local music and networking on a Friday night at First Friday...

Checking out resource booths + grabbing an elephant ear on the way to the Kid Zone at Rock the Block...

Learning about what the awesome youth, leaders and volunteers are doing in your community at the Community Spirit Awards...

Helping disperse food from the Feeding America West Michigan Mobile Pantry...

Getting involved in the decision-making in Grand Rapids at a City Commission Dinner + Meeting...

OR getting an on-the-spot interview with a local company at a Job Fair in Gallery 341...

there is always an event where you can come and LINC UP with other members and organizations in your community.

A fun evening for the professional crowd, First Fridays are a blend of jazz, poetry and local art.

Join us for an evening packed with greatness at LINC UP First Fridays. You can always count on us to have the best in smooth music, spoken word, creative art and delicious local cuisine from the Linc Up Soul Food Cafe. Come network and connect with us at the LINC Gallery for a unique chance to mix with the movers and shakers of the community.  Check the Calendar for upcoming dates.

When : Every first Friday of the month; 6 - 11pm
Where : LINC UP Gallery, 341 Hall St SE, Grand Rapids 49507


A celebration of good food, local talents and the arts - Rock the Block is an event for your entire family.

Rock the Block provides a chance to celebrate diversity and community with distinctive vendors, a variety of entertainment, multi-cultural cuisine, local art and more.  In June of 2017 over 10,000 attendees joined us in Madison Square along with over 100 vendors.  Rock the Block is an unparalleled chance to support our ongoing work and to link it directly to the people we serve throughout the year.

Check out the past Rock the Block photo album! And stay connected for updates on Facebook!

When : June 11, 2018
Where : Intersection of Hall & Madison

A community gathering and award celebration in which we will broaden the audiences' thinking by promoting cultural understanding and recognize the achievements of those doing great things.

The 7th Annual Community Spirit Awards - October 1, 2015

"On Thursday, October 1, 300 leaders gathered in Grand Rapids for the 7th Annual Community Spirit Awards to celebrate the work of many individuals and organizations working to inspire change in our community.  Attendees had the opportunity to honor GRPS Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal with the "Visionary Award", for her many years of dedication and work in Grand Rapids Public Schools.  After enjoying a delicious lunch provided by the LINC UP Soul Food Café, everyone’s attention turned to LINC’s Co-Directors and then to prominent racial equity writer, speaker and educator, Tim Wise. Wise spoke on "Economy & Economic Visions" and afterward announced the 2015 CSA Nominees and Winners.  We have many, many people and organizations to thank for making this event a possibility this year, and the six before this. We could not do this, or any of the work we do throughout the year, without your continued support."

Read more about this year's event.

Check out past years' photo albums:

2014 Community Spirit Awards  |  2015 Community Spirit Awards

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