Navigate rainy days at ArtPrize like a pro

This handy guide is packed with tips and tricks to help you stay dry while you experience the event. Rainy days keep the crowds at bay, which means you get to see more of the artwork you love. Take time to slow down and enjoy the artwork (tips on how to do just that are inside this guide!), and don’t forget to take advantage of nearly a mile of skywalk paths to get you from venue to venue in the heart of the ArtPrize district without having to venture outdoors.

Click on either page size below to view and print the Rainy Day Experience Guide.


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.


Daily: ArtPrize Labs Studio @ HUB/HQ

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

Daily: STEAM Village @ HUB/HQ

Details coming soon!

September 20-23: ArtPrize On Screen Film Festival

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. Celebration! Cinema will bring screenings of new and independent cinema, each to be preceded by a Michigan-made short film curated by the UICA’s Open Projector Night Series. Open to all, programming will run from September 20–23 at the historic Ladies’ Literary Club located at 61 Sheldon Blvd SE, next door to the ArtPrize HUB/HQ. Get details + find out how to get tickets at

September 22-October 4: ArtPrize Studio Series

The ArtPrize Studio Series - powered by ITC, Your Energy Superhighway - returns to the HUB/HQ this fall. Stay tuned for details on the event lineup coming soon!

October 6: ArtPrize After Dark

Join us in celebrating the winners of $500,000! Immediately following the announcement of the $200,000 Public Vote and Juried Grand Prize winners, the floor at 20 Monroe Live will transform from a TV studio-style audience, clearing the floor for “ArtPrize After Dark,” presented by LIFEWTR, a premium bottled water that fuses creativity and design. Detroit-based band ONEFREQ will kick off the evening with a soulful set, followed immediately by headlining artist, Maségo.

Find more events on our mobile app or online at


Rainy days mean lighter crowds, the perfect opportunity to take more time with each work of art. While you’re at ArtPrize, check out these tips from the Slow Art Day (

  • REALLY LOOK: When you see a piece that catches your eye, linger. Spend 5-10 minutes looking at it. Try getting close up, looking from an angle, or taking a few steps back.
  • LEARN MORE: Read the artist statement, either printed near the piece or on the ArtPrize mobile app.
  • DIVE DEEPER: Think about the questions in the “Ask Yourself” section in this guide, or talk them through with a friend (or a friendly stranger).


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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