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    Leave it to ArtPrize® organizers to find ways to make ArtPrize Eight better than ever. Check out these 4 new additions to this amazing event, which happens this year from September 21 – October 9.... Read More ›
    EDITORS NOTE: ArtPrize Eight is September 21 - October 9, 2016 ArtPrize 7 With over 1,500 pieces of art dotting downtown Grand Rapids, taking your family to ArtPrize can be exhilarating - and overwhelming. Thankfully, we've got the scoop on helping you maximize your family's ArtPrize 7 experience. PLAN YOUR PATH Take a moment to consider the ages and interests of your kids before setting out. Be sure your route includes exhibits that align with your child's interests. Local parenting website, GRKIDS.COM , publishes a Family's Guide to ArtPrize each year, complete with a map and exhibit descriptions. I recommend printing a copy of the map and using a highlighter to mark the exhibits you want to see. Or, use the interactive, online version. Either way this map will help you navigate ArtPrize with kids. If you're squeezed for time, consider following the Stroller & Field Trip Route . It's a great option if you're worried about fitting a large stroller into tight spaces.... Read More ›
    If you have ever stayed at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in the Downtown Destination Neighborhood of Grand Rapids, then you know you'll lack for nothing throughout your visit.  The Amway is known for its impeccable service, prompt response time, and historic location.  As the city prepares for ArtPrize Seven , the Amway continues this tradition of satisfying visitors as they welcome The Kitchen and The Kitchen Counter to the GR culinary scene.... Read More ›
    When the 7 th annual ArtPrize kicks off on September 23 this year, downtown Grand Rapids will swell with visitors—more than 400,000 people are expected to take part in the conversation about art that surrounds this annual event. For local business and associations, ArtPrize provides an opportunity to host unique networking or celebratory events for their employees, clients, and or vendors. The Michigan Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is doing just that. For the third year in a row, they’ll bring members together for an ArtPrize scavenger hunt, complete with clues, matching t-shirts, goodie bags and prizes. “It’s a pretty involved event. We have a committee that meets every other week starting in May to organize everything,” explains Mary Bamborough, IIDA, NCIDQ who is a Sr. Client Relations Consultant at Haworth as well as an IIDA Michigan Chapter Past President.... Read More ›
    The saying “When one door closes, another opens” can definitely be applied to the end of summer and the beginning of ArtPrize Seven throughout downtown Grand Rapids September 23-October 11. The radically open, independently organized international art competition decided by public vote and expert jury will feature 1,551 entries showing at 162 venues around the 3-square mile ArtPrize district. And while it’s hard to improve upon near perfection, leave it to ArtPrize to try. “Visitors looking for things to do after Venues close always asked ‘What’s happening at ArtPrize tonight?’” said Jaenell Woods, public relations manager for ArtPrize. “So this year we are launching ArtPrize Tonight - a comprehensive "database" or list of events happening every night of the 19 days around the ArtPrize district.”... Read More ›
    Grand Rapids is known for a lot of things: Art Prize, the Grand River, and a booming craft-beer economy are among them, but the city is also gaining recognition in the gonzo world of physically challenging events. It's becoming a Midwest adventure and endurance racing center. “Adventure racing is bigger here than probably anywhere in the U.S. on a per capita basis,” notes Mark VanTongeren, founder of Michigan Adventure Racing (MAR), in Ada, which annually produces four adventure races and two trail running races.   “One reason is we have more races that are accessible to people. They are shorter, have challenges that people love, and are close to urban areas. Other U.S. race directors are focused on longer wilderness  races that are more intimidating where people start and finish in unfamiliar places. We have been able to get from 300 to 600 people at our events.”... Read More ›

    What's New at ArtPrize 2014

    by Amy Busse on September 16, 2014
    Made of Stars Molly Lucille 2D Photo courtesy of ArtPrize.org The countdown to ArtPrize has officially begun and September 24 will be here before you know it. We've assembled a quick primer to... Read More ›