Van Andel Arena® — the Must Play Destination of Michigan's second largest and fastest-growing market — has thrust Grand Rapids into the forefront of the entertainment industry. The 12,000 plus capacity Van Andel Arena is managed by SMG, the leading private management company for public assembly facilities worldwide. The Arena was named in recognition of the largest benefactor, Jay and Betty Van Andel. Van Andel Arena and Grand Rapids offer the perfect combination of cosmopolitan flair and midwestern hospitality to make any event a success. Since marking its Grand Entrance on October 8, 1996, Van Andel Arena has attracted the biggest names in family shows, concerts and sporting events. Proud to be an outdoor Venue for ArtPrize 2012
Lambert, Edwards & Associates has completed renovations and is now occupying 47 Commerce Ave. NW, at the corner of Commerce and Weston Aves. 47 Commerce hosted 2009 ArtPrize Curators Choice winner Young Kim. This historic, single-story Grand Rapids office building features a post-industrial floor plan with window space to host several artists along with a magnificent outdoor rooftop location and highly visible exterior wall space. The space includes expansive display windows, which flood the interior with daylight, and glow at night, for prime visual accessibility to passersby. This is a beautifully preserved, historic building with a central location in downtown Grand Rapids’ Heartside district, one block east of the popular Division Avenue for the Arts, and one block south of popular Fulton Avenue entertainment and dining establishments.
Grand Rapids Civic Theatre & School of Theatre Arts, founded in 1925 has grown into one of the largest community theatres in the country. The Theatre is in the process of a major capital and endowment growth project. In 2006, a major renovation of the facility led and managed by Grand Action invested over 10 million dollars in the Theatre’s four historic buildings. In the Fall of 2006, Civic Theatre’s artistic home, was renamed the Meijer Majestic Theatre in honor of Fred and Lena Meijer’s lead gift to this project. Civic Theatre completed the project with a 2.3 million dollar endowment and theatrical equipment campaign. Each year, Civic Theatre creates over a dozen productions and over 15000 hours of educational instruction. These programs are made possible by over 700 volunteers under the leadership of 9 professional staff and over 30 guest artists. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre & School of Theatre Arts is located in downtown Grand Rapids in an 80,000 square foot facility comprised
MCC is an emerging Christian faith community whose mission is “Connecting our downtown community with our life-changing God.” As image-bearers of the Creator, we seek to honor God through celebrating the creative talents of our members, friends, and the community. We embrace and encourage the arts through various community events and activites. Each year for ArtPrize, we conduct a 4-week series of worship services based upon themes generated by some of the art that we host. We typically have an opening reception, an open-mic artist night, and can host special receptions for a small fee. We typically host many K-12 school class trips at our venue. This year we expect to offer several opportunities for hands-on art experiences led by artists and other experts in their fields. We have been involved in ArtPrize every year, and artists often tell us that they feel that they become part of our community, and leave as friends. A $50 venue fee covers promotions and insurance.
Our location has been a venue for two years now and are very excited to welcome all of the Artprize artists and visitors to our venue for year number three. 201 Matilda is made up of two different groups Baker Tent Rental which is a Special Events rental store and Alternative in Motion who is a non-profit organization that helps place handicap equipment with people that have no way of affording it otherwise. We are proud to come together to provide the best viewing venue possible. We love to host as many artists in our venue as can comfortably fit. This gives the visitors plenty to look at! We started a new concept last year called the "No Artist Left Behind" Tent. It was a good experience and we look forward to doing it again this year only hopefully bigger and better. We set a tent up on a certain weekend during the ArtPrize dates and invite all of the artist who registered with Artprize but unfortunately never connected with a venue in time, to come show their work anyway.
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