Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities

Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities operates the Cook Arts Center and the Cook Library Center. Our mission is to enrich the lives of neighborhood youth through diverse and engaging programs at the Cook Arts Center and the Cook Library Center.

Our board and staff recognize the life-changing power of reading and the arts. With the help of many talented artists and committed volunteers, we strive to provide an enriching environment for children and adults living in the Grandville Avenue neighborhood, and beyond.

The Cook Arts Center provides access to a variety of artistic disciplines. Programs at the Arts Center celebrate the diversity of the neighborhood. They help to unlock our students' creative potential, allowing a chance for talent to find its foothold. Our programs provide experiences that help shape positive self-identities and promote self-awareness and social intelligence.

The Cook Library Center is a community resource focused on literacy and intellectual development. Our services and programs help meet many needs and interests of residents in the neighborhood. The Library is a safe place for discovering the pleasures of reading and learning.

Click here to read some stories about our students.

Looking back …

The seeds of Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities (GAAH) were planted in the mid-1990s when the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association and Dominican Sisters-Grand Rapids joined forces. Their goal was to improve the lives of children in the Grandville Avenue (a.k.a. Roosevelt Park) neighborhood.  Here are the results of this partnership:

  • 1996 – The Grandville Avenue Neighborhood Library opened at 1260 Grandville Avenue SW.
  • 1999 – Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities was incorporated as a 501(c)3 organization.
  • 2001 – The Grandville Avenue Academy for the Arts opened at 644 Grandville Avenue SW.
  • 2008 – The Grandville Avenue Neighborhood Library relocated to 1100 Grandville Avenue SW.
  • 2008 – The names of the facilities were changed to the Cook Library Center and the Cook Arts Center in honor of philanthropists Peter C. and Pat Cook.
  • 2013 – The Cook Library Scholars program was launched at the Cook Library Center.
  • 2014 – The Teen Leaders in the Arts program was launched at the Cook Arts Center.
  • 2016 -- GAAH and seven community leaders began planning the Plaza Roosevelt development.

GAAH’s core belief is that integrity is the foundation upon which all values are built. The organization’s core values are: 

  • Diversity: We are an inclusive community that celebrates and respects the many cultures of the neighborhood.
  • Excellence: We are a community with high expectations for our students, teachers, staff, and volunteers.
  • Celebration: We are a joyous community that has a passion for the arts.
  • Learning: We are a community of learners, always seeking ways for individuals to grow, create, and express themselves.
  • Accountability: We are a committed community that uses all resources wisely.
  • Collaboration: We are builders of partnerships both within the neighborhood and in the broader community.
  • Safe Haven: We are a community that provides a safe and welcome haven for all who come.

How We Operate ...

We encourage you to learn more about GAAH operations by reviewing our Funders Report from the DataArts, our accessiblilty policy, our latest 990, and this link to Guidestar.

Thank you ...

Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities is supported by the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund Phase 1, an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


GAAH's programs are made possible through the generous support of many other institutions, area foundations, corporations, and individuals.


PHONE: 616-742-0692
FAX: 616-742-5499