Experience outdoor ArtPrize entries that are on view 24/7 throughout the 19-day event. With this guide, you’ll also discover public artwork across Grand Rapids and not-to-miss outdoor happenings during ArtPrize 10!     

Where to Start?

Start your ArtPrize adventure by visiting the Visitor Pavilion, located at Rosa Parks Circle, 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 three Experience Guides (like the Family Experience and Critics' Choice Experience Guides!) and an enhanced Metro Pass, give you your free ArtPrize Event Guide and help you make the most of your ArtPrize experience. 

Must-Attend Outdoor Events

In order to enjoy the full experience of ArtPrize, make sure to take part in the events and happenings occurring outside during the tenth annual event! Fresh air, sunlight, and wide-open space will be sure to complement the array of outdoor activities that are planned for your utmost enjoyment. Take a look at what’s to come:

African American Art & Music Festival // September 21 & 22
The African American Art and Music Celebration is a FREE two-day festival that will immerse the community in exceptional art, delightful music, dance, entertainment and scrumptious food reflecting the many aspects of our diverse community.

WestSide StreetFair // September 22
The WestSide ArtWalk will commence with a StreetFair — WestSide Style! The day will be filled with live music, painting, family activities, ice Cream, and ALL the WestSide beer, art, community, and scavenger hunts. Band lineups and activity schedules to be announced soon. 

ArtPrize+ Yoga  

  • WestSide ArtWalk: 1 hour of Funky Buddha Yoga amongst the ArtPrize entries at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, a Q&A with curator Richard App as well as a sneak peek at the WestSide ArtWalk Project. 
  • Calder + Concept: 1 hour of Funky Buddha Yoga alongside Grand Rapids' iconic La Grand Vitesse and Q&A with ArtPrize Public Projects Manager about the process of installing large works of art in public spaces.
  • Blue Bridge & Beats: 1 hour of Funky Buddha Yoga on the Blue Bridge. Flow to DJ Adrian Butler's beats and become a moving, breathing part of ArtPrize in Grand Rapids.

HopCat WYCE Blue Bridge Music Festival 
The Blue Bridge 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.

Public Vote Final 20 Announcement
Join us at Rosa Parks Circle for the official announcement of the ArtPrize 10 Public Vote Finalists. We'll also be announcing the winners of this year's many independently organized awards.

Tenth Annual ArtPrize Awards
Join us at Rosa Parks Circle to 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.

Want to find more fun events to get involved in? Visit artprize.org/events to plan your days out during the tenth annual event!

Grand Rapids & Public Art

There is an abundance of permanent Public Art in Grand Rapids beyond ArtPrize to experience while visiting. Make it your mission to visit each historical art installation!

  • La Grand Vitesse, by Alexander Calder (1969) // The nation’s first NEA-funded public work of art
  • Motu Viget, by Mark Suvero (1977)
  • Ecliptic, by Maya Lin (2001)
  • Fish Ladder, by Joseph Kinnebrew (1974)
  • Lorrie’s Button, by Zelkowitz (1976)
  • Love, by Robert Indiana (2018)

Ask Yourself       

Art needs YOUR opinion! When you’re standing in front of a work of art, follow these steps:

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

Vote for YOUR Favorite Art!

At ArtPrize, your voice counts! If you're 13 or older, you can cast votes in support of your favorite artworks. For the second year, 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 the Visitor Pavilion, located at Rosa Parks Circle, to have a friendly volunteer assist you with casting your vote for your favorite entries.

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