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
City Art Gallery is located in the Monroe North Business Neighborhood, a turn of the century industrial hub. Open since June 2011, our exhibits include work for sale from over 30 local artists (painting, photography, fiber art, glass, wood, ceramics, and jewelry), showcasing original work by emerging area artists. City Art Gallery's location with easy access (and free parking) just south of Leonard, also enables us to participate in many Grand Rapids community art events including Art.Downtown and ArtPrize. The beautifully remodeled building along with the garden patio is also available for small group events. Visit www.cityartgr.com for the latest informaton on exhibits, events and gallery hours.
The Women’s City Club is a private club which resides in the historic Sweet House and offers individual and business memberships. The WCC transforms their space for ArtPrize. While the main floor retains it's historic look, but with the installation of AP art, the Ballroom/Auditorium is converted to a modern gallery with the addition of contemporary walls and lighting. In 2006, the Sweet House Foundation, a (501 c 3) non-profit, was established to preserve the history and architecture of the house. Martin Sweet, the original owner of the house, was a young entrepreneur when he came to Grand Rapids in 1846. He dreamed of a distinguished and spacious home for his family and in the early 1860’s built this home on East Fulton. This Heritage Hill two-story Italianate Villa home survives as one of the remaining examples of this style of architecture in the latter part of the 19th century. For information on the house or the WCC, please call (616) 459-3321.
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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