Getting to know Interactive and performance artist Zachary Trebellas

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On this episode, Erika Townsley sits down with Zachary Trebellas: artist, rapper, educator, and advocate for the arts in Heartside and Grand Rapids as a whole. Since moving from Chicago, to Japan, and finally ending up in Grand Rapids, Trebellas has been making waves in the art scene and bringing a flair that’s fun and different.

Fruit Punch performing at Bend Gallery on the Avenue of The Arts in Grand Rapids, MI.

Fruit Punch performing at Bend Gallery on the Avenue of The Arts in Grand Rapids, MI.

From Trebellas’ body of work “Sacred Spaces” 2011

From Trebellas’ body of work “Sacred Spaces” 2011

Trebellas opens up about life far from home in Japan, and what his experience teaching English was like in a different country. We also get an inside look at the beginning stages of him becoming a rapper under the name Fruit Punch.

We are so fortunate to have someone like Trebellas in Grand Rapids to open our eyes to fresh ways of looking at art, and to have someone so excited and focused to work on community engagement within The Avenue for the Arts.

Fruit Punch performing "Five Seven" in fall of 2018 in Grand Rapids, MI

To learn more about Zachary Trebellas, check out his website, follow along @viseducation to learn more about his armband project, and hear more from the rapper Fruit Punch at @fruitpunchfruitpunch.