Discover (or re-discover) Grand Rapids

Grand rapids has become a hub for design, public art, environmental sustainability, urban development, craft beer, and of course, the world’s most popular annual public art event. Discover (or re-discover) our city with our City Sights/Outdoor Art experience guide.

Turn to the map and find yourself among the majority of ArtPrize Nine’s outdoor art installations, as well as such stunning permanent works as Alexander Calder’s La Grand Vitesse, Mark Di Suvero’s icon tire swing Motu Viget, and Maya Lin’s Ecliptic; explore the city’s groundbreaking architecture, including the world’s first LEED Gold Certified art museum, GRAM; and experience the ever-growing cultural entertainment and nightlife options our city has to offer.

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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

Daily: ArtPrize Labs Studio @ Rosa Parks Circle

Art is meant to be experienced, but it’s also fun to make! Unleash your creative spirit, stop by the ArtPrize Labs Studio @ Rosa Parks for creative activities that are fun for all ages.

September 29-30: HopCat WYCE Blue Bridge Music Festival

The second annual ‘HopCat WYCE Blue Bridge Music Festival’ brings the energy of live performance to the ArtPrize night scene. The Blue Bridge—organized by Quinn Matthews, Station Manager WYCE 88.1FM—will once again play host to all things music at ArtPrize Nine. Held September 29 and 30,  the festival promises two epic days and nights of FREE musical entertainment featuring musicians and bands from across the country—competing for the ‘ArtPrize Song of the Year’ award. Get details + the festival lineup at artprize.org/music.

October 1: Public Vote Final 20 Announcement

Join us at Rosa Parks Circle for the official announcement of the ArtPrize Nine Public Vote Finalists. Find out whether the artwork you voted for made it through to Round 2 Voting, with the chance of winning either of the two $200,000 Public Vote Grand Prizes! Additionally, Consumers Energy will announce the winners of their fifth annual SmartArt Competition, which stands for "Students Making Art with a Renewable Theme."

October 6: ArtPrize Awards Community Watch Party

Find out which artist entries will take home part of the $500,000 in cash prizes—awarded equally by public vote and expert jury. The two-time Emmy Award-nominated ArtPrize Awards Ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC affiliate WOOD TV8, as well as live on the big screen at Rosa Parks Circle, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Stay tuned for more! In the coming weeks, we'll be adding more outdoor events to our calendar, including yoga and mindfulness sessions, and more.

ASK YOURSELF

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?

VOTE FOR ART!

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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