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Cool City. Hot Art.

Grand Rapids has long been a mecca for creators and admirers of art. In the 19th century, we were known as "Furniture City" for the artistry of our fine wood furniture. In the 20th century, we made art an integral element of the city's identity, starting with the very first public project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. And in this century, we've revolutionized the global art scene with ArtPrize, the world's richest, most radically open art competition.

 

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Posted April 17, 2014
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Vandenburg sculpture in Grand Rapids
ArtPrize in Grand Rapids
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Blues on the Mall in Grand Rapids
Art Gallery in Grand Rapids

ArtPrize

In late September and early October of each year, 1,500+ artists from around the world display their work in every corner of downtown Grand Rapids - and more than 400,000 visitors vote on which artist will receive the $200,000 grand prize. This is ArtPrize, a cultural event like no other - named one of the world's top five festivals by Time magazine.

Art Festivals

Grand Rapids also hosts a number of annual festivals beyond ArtPrize, showcasing all manner of art:

Art Museums

Grand Rapids is home to three top-notch art institutions: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, one of the world's 100 most visited art museums; Grand Rapids Art Museum, internationally known for its distinguished, earth-friendly design; and Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, which focuses on cutting-edge visual art, film, performance, music, and more.

Outdoor Art

Stroll the sidewalks of downtown Grand Rapids to see all kinds of art - starting with "La Grande Vitesse," the 42-ton, 32-foot high, bright-red sculpture by acclaimed artist Alexander Calder. The very first public art project partially funded by the National Endowment for the Art, the Calder (as it is commonly known) has become the symbol of Grand Rapids and its creative spirit. Take a walking tour of downtown's outdoor art.

Art Galleries

Local artists ply their trade and sell their work in distinct creative hubs around the city, including Division South, Uptown and Market District. Check out area galleries.

The Art of Live Music

A thriving local music scene finds expression in clubs and bars throughout the city, from live jazz nights to "acoustic stews." Outdoor concerts run the gamut from free "Blues on the Mall" events in downtown GR to a Summer Concert Series on the lush grounds of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Check out upcoming music events.

Performing Arts

Professional ballet, opera and symphony companies, several outstanding community theatres, and a variety of performance venues ensure a steady stream of top-flight entertainment - from La Boheme to Lady Gaga to Les Miserables.

The Business of Art

Grand Rapids is the center of the office furniture industry, which marries design and commerce. Local companies including Steelcase, Haworth and Herman Miller shape the future of the global workplace.

Art Instruction

Downtown's Kendall College of Art & Design is a nationally prominent school offering a broad range of creative degrees, including furniture design, metals & jewelry design, digital media and fashion studies. Stop by to see student art, displayed throughout Kendall's public spaces. Non-professional artists can learn tips and techniques at Grand Rapids Art Museum, Brush Studio and Wine & Canvas.

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Culture Pass GR Package

October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Includes a $40 gift card for breakfast, self or valet parking at the hotel, one Culture Pass Grand Rapids that gives you discounts to many of the areas top attractions, a 20% discount at Plaza Essentials and Plaza Men's Store and use of the Plaza Fitness Center

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Culture Pass Grand Rapids Package

October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
Country Inn & Suites East Beltline

Included is our hot and cold deluxe breakfast buffet, two tickets to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, one Culture Pass with discounts to over 20 cultural locations in and around Grand Rapids, complimentary parking, and wireless internet. Package starts at $129.99 p/tax.

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CULTURE

Culture Pass GR

October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown

Includes one Culture Pass GR, hot breakfast for 2 adults and children 12 and under registered to the same room and self or valet parking at the hotel.

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ES2

The Culture Pass GR Package

October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown

Play tourist - Take in all the well-known and little-known sights while you soak up local culture. The Culture Pass GR Package includes: - Deluxe Accommodations - One Culture Pass Grand Rapids featuring promotions and discounts at many area attractions (Visit www.culturepassgr.com for offer details) - Hot breakfast for two adults and two children 12 years of age and under registered in the same room in the Bistro - Self parking for one vehicle in the hotel ramp - Not valid for groups of 10 or more

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CUE

Get Cultured in Grand Rapids

October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
Homewood Suites by Hilton

Get Cultured in Grand Rapids! Included in this package are overnight accommodations at our newly renovated upscale extended stay hotel, hot breakfast buffet daily, dinner Monday thru Thursday, Buy One-Get One Free pass from Fredrik Meijer Gardens and discount passes to over 20 area non-profit arts and cultural organizations.

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Grand Rapids Culture Pass Package

October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
Hyatt Place Grand Rapids - South

Enjoy one Culture Pass per stay, per guestroom. Valid for special offers with a number of participating venues in downtown Grand Rapids. For a current list of venues visit www.culturepassgr.com. Call to Book Now! 616-724-1234 ext. 0 or 1-888-HYATT-HP

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Got Culture Package

October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
JW Marriott Grand Rapids

Discover Grand Rapids Play tourist. Take in all the well-known and little-known sights while you soak up local culture. Includes all of the following: - Deluxe Accommodations (1 King or 2 Queen Beds) - One Culture Pass Grand Rapids featuring promotions and discounts at many area attractions (Visit www.culturepassgr.com for offer details) - Breakfast buffet for two adults and two children 12 years of age and under registered in the same room in Six One Six (Not valid for a la carte or In-Room Dining) - Self parking for one vehicle (USD16.00 value)

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CUE

Got Culture Package

October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
JW Marriott Grand Rapids

Includes one Culture Pass GR, breakfast buffet in six.one.six for 2 adults and children 12 and under registered to the same room and self parking in the hotel ramp.

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ES2

Culture Pass GR Package

October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
Prince Conference Center at Calvin College

Experience the culture of Grand Rapids! Reserve a one night stay in a king or two queens and enjoy the complimentary breakfast, wireless internet, peaceful surroundings, and close distance to all of the Grand Rapids Culture.

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Frederik Meijer Gardens Package

Always Available
Ramada Plaza Hotel

Includes overnight accommodations, a $25.00 Old Chicago Certificate, complimentary round trip shuttle transportation, and two adult passes to Frederik Meijer Gardens (children’s passes available at ticket counter at gardens) starting at $139.00.

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Culture Grand Rapids

October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
Residence Inn by Marriott Grand Rapids Airport

Receive two culture passes with exclusive discounts to Grand Rapids events and a bottle of wine to be enjoyed in our lounge or your spacious suite.

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Culture Pass Grand Rapids

October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
Riverfront Hotel-Grand Rapids

Package Includes: Weekday $119.00 Weekend $139.00 Room with a King bed of 2 Double beds with a River view (based on availability) Free breakfast vouchers for up to 2 adults and 2 children in The Landing Restaurant. One Complimentary Culture Pass Grand Rapids; giving discounts and special offers from 24 local organizations. Complimentary late check out up to 1:00 pm.

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