Meijer Gardens Launches ‘The Connection’

Two members of The Connection Steering Committee greet the lively crowd. Kate Nguyen (left) -“ Owner of Red Umbrella, Inc. and Mindy Earley -“ Grand Valley State University Alumni Association.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has launched a new membership initiative connecting young community members with art and nature. The Connection will offer people in their 20s, 30s and 40s a contemporary mix of social, cultural, and educational programming, networking opportunities and an innovative way to connect to Meijer Gardens.

“Creating a niche membership unique to this audience has become increasingly necessary to fulfilling our mission,” said David Hooker, president and CEO of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. “By cultivating a bond with the younger community, we hope to inspire a bright future for the arts, the environment and enrichment in life.”

The Connection will hold quarterly events including members-only talks with artists, sculptors, gardeners, collectors and curators, visits to artist’s studios, gardens, private collections and galleries, and other special events. The membership will be coupled with general membership benefits including discounts on concert tickets, classes, workshops, and merchandise, members-only exhibition openings, and reciprocal benefits at more than 200 national gardens, arboreta and conservatories.

Guests took part in an interactive sculpture titled Jerusalem, which is part of Meijer Gardens’ newest exhibition by Jaume Plensa.

The Connection was unveiled October 3 at Meijer Gardens, the first night of the Gardens’ newest sculpture exhibition by artist Jaume Plensa. The free event offered a unique event setting and a rare glimpse of the Sculpture Park lit at night. Visit to learn more.