Experience Grand Rapids' craft brews while exploring ArtPrize Nine

Are you a craft brew buff, a caffeine connoisseur, or all of the above? Then this guide to ArtPrize and some of the greatest breweries and coffee hot spots in our city, also participating as ArtPrize Nine Venues, was created just for you.

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If you’re looking to experience some of the best beer that Beer City USA has to offer, we recommend you start your adventure at Founders Brewing Co.—the masterminds behind Green Zebra, the Official Beer of ArtPrize Nine. Travel to the pastel pink star, where you’ll find yourself surrounded by the seemingly unending depth of creativity that keeps Founders on the cutting edge of the craft beer industry. Then venture to any of six other amazing breweries in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids participating as ArtPrize Venues this fall. You won’t regret it.

Is coffee more up your alley? Make sure you stop by Ferris Coffee & Nut, the coffee roaster that brings you Brazil Primavera— the Official Coffee of ArtPrize Nine. Find their downtown location, marked with a dark pink star, where you’ll experience coffee sourced and produced in a socially and environmentally responsible way, and then head out to any of five additional ArtPrize Venues with coffee as their specialty.


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.


ArtPrize and Founders Brewing Co. joined forces nearly five years ago to bring you unique, experimental, artisanal brews for each annual event—each with a label designed by a local artist. The ArtPrize series lineup of beers has included Inspired Artist, Spectra Trifecta, Mosaic Promise and Pale Joe.

Founders exercised its creativity yet again this year with a fifth ArtPrize beer, adding a new style to their lineup. Green Zebra, a gose-style ale brewed with watermelon and sea salt, is subtly sour and a little sweet—a refreshing take on a nearly extinct German style. Grab a pint of the Official Beer of ArtPrize Nine in the Founders taproom and pick up a six-pack of cans, on shelves now.


Ferris Coffee’s commitment to making the craft of great coffee approachable to everyone resonates deeply with the ArtPrize team. And so, in 2016 we teamed up and launched a three-year partnership, bringing unique blends of coffee inspired by our annual event design to coffee lovers across the city.

Brazil Primavera, the 2017 Official Coffee of ArtPrize, is sourced from a farm that is widely recognized as one of the most sustainable coffee farms in Brazil. Their focus on water reutilization, natural composting and reforestation efforts contributed to the delicious blend. Experience the peanut butter and milk chocolate flavors of Brazil Primavera at both Ferris Coffee locations, and pick up a bag (or 10) to take home from Ferris Coffee, the ArtPrize HUB/HQ presented by Steelcase, or select Meijer stores.

Green Zebra can found at many other establishments downtown, be sure to look for the Founders logo in windows around the city. Both Green Zebra and Brazil Primavera can also be purchased at your local Meijer store while supplies last. Your purchase of Green Zebra and Brazil Primavera directly supports ArtPrize, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. What other reason do you need?


September 22: ArtPrize Beer Panel Discussion

Join us at the ArtPrize Studio on September 22 starting at 7 p.m., when we’ll dive into Founders Brewing Co.’s creative process and the evolution of their beer lineup, with Founders’ leadership.

September 22: STEAM Village After Dark

Stick around after the discussion and step into the ArtPrize STEAM Village for this one-time only event. The ArtPrize Beer will be flowing along with live beats while you explore virtual reality and robotics activities within the STEAM Village.

September 24: Art of Craft Beer Dinner

Founders Brewing Co. and ArtPrize have teamed up to bring you a special edition of the popular Founders Beer Dinner Series. You won't want to miss the Art of Craft Beer Dinner, held in Founders' gorgeous Centennial Room on the evening of Sunday, September 24. Founders has an amazingly talented culinary team that has been wowing people with its deli menu for years, but this is their chance to really strut their stuff. Experience five courses of mouth watering dishes each paired with one of their award winning beers—featuring the ArtPrize Nine Official Beer, Green Zebra—all inspired by the artwork on display in Founders' ArtPrize Nine exhbition. Secure your place at the table.


Art needs you, and your opinion. When you’re standing in front of a work of art, follow these steps:

  1. Take a moment to pause and experience the work of art.
  2. What do you see or hear? What is happening?
  3. Why is it the way that it is? The artist statement can help with this.
  4. How does it relate to your own life, feelings, or ideas? Does it challenge you?
  5. Vote—do you think this work of art is successful?


At ArtPrize, your voice counts! If you're 13 or older, you can cast votes in support of your favorite artworks. For the first time ever, in Round 2 of voting, you'll have the chance to consider and vote on the jury's picks and they'll take your picks into consideration as well. Vote using the ArtPrize mobile app -- free for iOS and Android -- or visit any ArtPrize HUB.

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