It’s obvious: West Michigan wants more of the arts. DeVos Performance Hall just got a $300,000 upgrade to bring in The Phantom of the Opera in 2016. Before you say, “That sounds like a lot of money for one show,” the money is an investment. With the upgrades, Broadway Grand Rapids can bring in larger shows like The Lion King, Wicked or Aladdin. The arts are also using technology as a means to connect to the public as well. Recently, the Grand Rapids Art Museum opened GoSite, which is an information-sharing space for the community, including Grand Rapids residents and tourists. Con Artist Crew is also using technology to art lovers’ benefit with the new app, ArtLustr, where people can access and purchase art anywhere with Wi-Fi connection. And those are just a few of all the new options the art world offers us this season. Check out our Arts Issue for the rest.