The Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids is merging with Kendall College of Art and Design.
The UICA will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the college. UICA administrators say the institute wasn't earning enough to cover its bills and without the merger would have closed this fall.
The UICA recently moved into an $8 million building at Fulton and Division, and in order to make the merger with Kendall possible, donors committed to paying off debt on the new building.
As part of the move, the UICA also has a new board chair in Miranda Krajniak, formerly of the Saugatuck Center for the Arts.
A Kendall alumnus has also been hired as a full-time curator who will work on attracting a broader audience.
Moreover, the UICA plans to use its movie theater more. Other events are to be created also "to bring members, students, creative professionals and art lovers together for creativity, fun and conversation," according to a UICA statement.