GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A Grand Rapids recreational marijuana dispensary is commissioning seven public art projects along Wealthy Street on the city’s West Side.
Pharmhouse Wellness has enlisted seven Grand Rapids-based artists to create art pieces on two signal boxes, a chain link fence, four Oxford Trail trailhead bollards, a stone wall and murals on their dispensary and growing facility.
The art pieces will range from representations of local flora to surrealist work to depictions of the Anishinaabe people, who lived in Kent County and beyond before they were displaced, often forcibly, by white settlers.
The Grand Rapids Art Advisory Committee on July 16 will consider allowing the art to go up. Officials estimate the art pieces will be completed and displayed a couple weeks after approval.
“When I was awarded social equity status for Pharmhouse Wellness, I said that I would reinvest my discounts back into the community and this art project is part of that effort,” said Casey Kornoelje, owner of Pharmhouse Wellness.
The dispensary and provisioning center is located at 831 Wealthy St. SW. It is the first marijuana shop in the city owned and operated by a Grand Rapids resident.
Because Kornoelje received a felony conviction for growing marijuana as an adolescent,