Each Pathway is a starting point. Stray from the Pathways often and explore beyond what is familiar. But you shouldn't need to stray too far: 90% of all ArtPrize Venues are within one block of a pathway.

This year, we curated four Pathways that highlight the character of each neighborhood, while keeping you connected with the Rapid’s new Silver Line. Each 2.4 miles long or less, all Pathways are fully accessible and will help you to explore more of the event and our city. Get complete Pathway maps in the 2014 Event Guide, free when you register to vote or pick up Wristbands to take the bus to and around downtown Grand Rapids.

Let’s explore Center City

If you’re looking for a Pathway with all of the energy of ArtPrize, the 2.2 mile loop of Center City is for you. The Pathway includes two Exhibition Centers—the Grand Rapids Art Museum and Kendall College of Art and Design—and four featured City Sites.


Here are some more highlights I found while mapping this route:

  • Rosa Parks Circle: The strategic ArtPrize visitors among us will start or end this Pathway with one of the many events in Rosa Parks Circle. Catch a concert, awards announcement, or the usual hustle and bustle of this central location.
  • Venues: This Pathway has the most Venues of all, so be sure to spend lots of time comparing Entries and casting votes.
  • The Grand River: Take in some fresh air and gorgeous downtown views while crossing the Blue Bridge and Fulton St. Bridge. You could even take a moment to rest up along the Grand River near the Public Museum or Louis Campau Promenade.
  • Monument and Veterans Memorial Parks: Appreciate history and some greenspace in downtown Grand Rapids in these two centrally located parks. Monument Park honors the Grand Rapids soldiers of the Civil War, and Veterans Memorial honors WWII, Vietnam, and Korean War veterans.
  • Calder Plaza: See the artwork that inspired the ArtPrize logo!
  • Public Transport: Numerous convenient DASH routes and the new Silver Line stop on Monroe Avenue near Campau will help you navigate in and out of downtown Grand Rapids.
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