We believe the most captivating conversations happen when our audience reflects the true diversity of our community. ArtPrize remains committed to implementing thoughtful and intentional ways of supporting all of our visitors' needs. This Experience Guide is designed to support and encourage our visitors who experience disabilities and mobility challenges of any kind to explore, learn and participate fully in ArtPrize.

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WHERE TO START

ArtPrize HUBs are a great place to start your ArtPrize adventure. Stop by any HUB location where a friendly volunteer can make sure you’re ready to vote for your favorite entries, help you map your unique ArtPrize route, equip you with one of our new Experience Guides (like the Family Experience Guide!) and an enhanced Metro Pass, give you your free ArtPrize Event Guide and help you make the most of your ArtPrize experience.

Check out ArtPrize HUB locations below, and be sure to watch out for our new Mobile HUB at ArtPrize events and hotspots throughout the 19-day event. And don't miss the ArtPrize HUB/HQ presented by Steelcase, where you'll find the beautiful Pop-Up Park, the STEAM Village, an ArtPrize Labs Studio, and our flagship retail store.


MUST-ATTEND EVENTS

ArtPrize On Screen: ArtPrize On Screen, presented by the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office and produced by Celebration! Cinema is back for another year with 13 new narrative, documentary and short films. Two films, in particular, The Vietnam War and Dina, will have captioning during their screenings. Find out more at artprize.org/film.

ASL @ ArtPrize Events: ArtPrize is pleased to provide American Sign Language (ASL) at our ArtPrize Studio Events, the Public Vote Final 20 Announcement, and the Ninth Annual ArtPrize Awards.

FEATURED LIST: DISART

This collection of ArtPrize Nine entries were chosen by DisArt, an organization committed to changing perceptions about disability through curated contemporary art experiences and strategic partnerships. Find all ArtPrize Nine Featured Lists at artprize.org/lists.

This photo was taken at the DisArt Fashion Show during ArtPrize Eight in 2016.

GETTING HERE & GETTING AROUND

Access Art Pathway: While all Pantone Pathways, presented by X-Rite Pantone, are created to provide the least amount of barriers to visitors, the one-mile Access Art Pathway is curated with your mobility in mind, specifically for individuals who use wheelchairs, walkers or strollers. This route will take you in the heart of Center City and Heartside, going past GRAM, UICA and ArtPrize HUB/HQ.

Accessible Public Transit: The DASH, Silver Line and all Rapid buses are wheelchair accessible, and ADA service animals are permitted on all transit. Visit any Meijer store or ArtPrize HUB (see list above) to purchase an ArtPrize Metro Pass. For $5 this pass allows you 10 rides on all fixed routes and unlimited rides on the Silver Line during ArtPrize Nine.

Accessible Parking: More accessible parking spaces have been designated during ArtPrize by the City of Grand Rapids Parking Services. Pick up an Accessible Parking and Mobility Guide, published by Mobile GR as a resource highlighting Free and Accessible Transit Services and Parking Facilities that are available during ArtPrize.

Free Wheelchair Loan Program: Visit HUB/HQ at 41 Sheldon Blvd SE or the Monroe HUB at DeVos Place to check out a wheelchair for the day at no cost. This program is available courtesy of Mary Free Bed and Airway Oxygen Inc.

ADA Compliance: All of the city's leading cultural institutions meet the Americans with Disabilities Act's accessibility guidelines as do 142 of our 179 participating Venues. All Venues are encouraged to think creatively about making their spaces accessible to all. Please use the Physically Accessible filter at artprize.org/venues for specific information.

Service Dogs: Visitors with disabilities and their certified service dogs are welcome inside all ArtPrize Nine venues and encouraged to participate. Please consider that the event can be crowded during nights and weekend times.

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