Out Of Town Visitors

Welcome to Grand Rapids! Our friends at Experience Grand Rapids have great information on hotels, restaurants and more for you to make the best of your out of town experience.

Looking for a hotel? Several area hotels offer ArtPrize package deals that include special discounts and a free shuttle service to and from ArtPrize. Our official ArtPrize Hotel Partners are all centrally located and within walking distance of the event. 


Getting Here

Grand Rapids is closer than you think. The city is less than 3 hours by car from Detroit or Chicago, and less than 6 hours from Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Toronto. Here are some helpful links to help you get here.

Car rentals are on the first level of the parking garage at the Gerald R. Ford Airport, just steps from the baggage claim. Or, ride The Rapid from the airport to downtown. Want to take the bus around town once your downtown? Mobile GR recommends using the Transit App to plan trips, and locate nearby buses - it's available for Android and iPhone and includes the city’s free DASH bus routes.

Visitor Pavilion

Welcome to ArtPrize. Start your experience at the ArtPrize Visitor Pavilion, located at Rosa Parks Circle. There you'll be greeted by friendly volunteers and staff to help with voting registration, answer questions and gather all the tools you need to start your day.

Open Hours (September 19 - October 7, 2018)

  • Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Pick up copies of these resources to help you navigate ArtPrize. More info coming soon!

  • ArtPrize Metro Passes are available for $5 to enjoy unlimited rides on the Silver Line and 10 free rides on all of The Rapid's fixed routes for the duration of ArtPrize.
  • Free Event Guides are available for all visitors thanks to MLive Media Group.
  • Free Experience Guides are handy tools to help you discover or rediscover the event.
  • Free ArtPrize Labs Family Activity Kit is a fun way to enhance your families visit.

View + download the ArtPrize 10 Event Guide via Issuu:

Free Wheelchair Loan Program

Wheelchairs are available at the Visitor Pavilion, courtesy of Mary Free Bed and Airway Oxygen Inc. Visitors will need to provide an ID and credit card information when checking out the wheelchair, all of which will be returned upon checking back in.


While at the Visitor Pavilion, check out fun events and hands-on activities fun for all ages, happening every day. Explore the full ArtPrize events calendar (more details coming soon).

Getting Around


To find venue locations, use this interactive map - also available on the ArtPrize mobile app. Venue hours vary so be sure to check each Venue profile

You’ll discover ArtPrize entries everywhere in the ArtPrize District, which spans three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, MI. Any space within the district can be an ArtPrize Venue, as well as a few satellite venues that expand past the boundary. All Venues are free and open to the public for the duration of ArtPrize.

Getting Around

Mobile GR is a great resource for Grand Rapids visitors and residents alike when navigating the downtown area. Check out the Downtown Visitor Mobility and Parking Guide.

By Car

Planning ahead will help you navigate available parking during ArtPrize. When you can, please consider carpooling with others - ArtPrize is a very popular event! Here's a really helpful interactive parking map from our friends at Mobile GR and here is information on Ellis Parking. Be sure to download the MOTU parking app for meter parking.

If you’re traveling from the outskirts of Grand Rapids and want to avoid parking downtown, we highly recommend using the Meijer Park and Ride service. You can leave your car at one of  the 9 area Meijer stores and ride The Rapid to ArtPrize.

By Bus

For folks who want to take the bus around town once they're here, Mobile GR recommends using the Transit App to plan trips, and locate nearby buses - the app is available for Android and iPhone and includes the City's free DASH routes.

Hop on The DASH. Look for the pink bus. The Downtown Area Shuttle, or DASH, is a system of small buses that link downtown Grand Rapids neighborhoods-perfect for seeing ArtPrize. Find DASH routes and stops on the maps in the ArtPrize Event Guide. The DASH buses are wheelchair accessible, and ADA service animals are permitted on all transit vehicles. 

  • Mon-Wed 6:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • Thurs-Fri 6:30 a.m.-1:00 a.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m.
  • Sunday 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Take the ArtPrize Satellite Shuttle. A special service route just for ArtPrize 10, provided by The DASH, this shuttle will take you to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and SiTE:LAB-two venues outside the three-square mile ArtPrize district. The shuttle starts at Louis St. behind the Grand Rapids Art Museum and continues on to both venues. Shuttles run every 30 minutes. 

  • Mon-Fri 4:30 p.m. -9:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays noon-9:00 p.m.
  • Sundays noon-6:00 p.m.

Ride The Rapid. Grand Rapids' bus system, offers routes throughout greater Grand Rapids. Pick up an ArtPrize Metro Pass for $5 and get 10 free rides on any of The Rapid's fixed routes and unlimited rides on the Silver Line. Starting in September, pick one up at a participating Meijer stores.

By Bike

Take your bike to explore ArtPrize, click here for more info on biking in Grand Rapids.

By Foot

We’ve created a series of ArtPrize Pantone Pathways that will take you within one block of most ArtPrize Venues. Routes converge at our Visitor Pavilion, where you can pick-up an Event Guide with the pathway maps.

Open Hours

ArtPrize open hours vary from venue to venue. While there are minimum open hours, most venues are open early and close later. Individual venue hours are listed on their venue profiles.

Minimum Venue Hours

  • Monday-Thursday: 5–8 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday: Noon–8 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon–6 p.m.

Public Events & Happenings

The #1 thing to do during ArtPrize is to experience the incredible art and vote for who you think should win the Public Vote Grand Prize. But ArtPrize is more than the competition itself. From intimate Q&A sessions to full-blown parties, there’s something for everyone to learn, experience and celebrate. Explore the full ArtPrize events calendar.

Learn more about ArtPrize official events and programs by clicking on links below.

Group Visits

Our team will help design your group’s custom ArtPrize experience. Contact education@artprize.org to setup a planning session.

GO Scavenger Hunts

Energize your group’s experience with a city-wide ArtPrize scavenger hunt. Hunts are available for any size group and are great fun for all ages. There is a cost, but a percentage goes to support ArtPrize.  To register your family click here.

Free scavenger hunts are also available for school groups, to register your school email education@artprize.org

Grand Rapids Running (and walking) Tours

Grand Rapids Running Tours company will guide you on a walking or running tour of ArtPrize 10 to explore permanent outdoor sculptures and popular downtown ArtPrize 10 entries.  There is a cost, but a percentage supports ArtPrize. Click here to register.

Experience GR  

Our friends at Experience GR offer groups visiting Grand Rapids a range of tour itineraries and will arrange a custom experience. Click here to learn more.

Bus Parking

Short-term bus loading and unloading is available on Louis St. between Monroe Ave. and Ottawa Ave. near the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Find convenient parking on Scribner Ave. NW between Pearl St. and Bridge St. or on Mt. Vernon Ave. NW between Douglas and Lake Michigan Drive, just a 5–10 minute drive from the Louis St. drop-off.


ArtPrize strives to connect visitors of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to the world of art. We believe the most captivating conversations happen when our audience reflects the true diversity of our community. If there's something we're missing, we look to you to point it out as we move forward and plan future events. Please contact becca@artprize.org.


See accessible Venues on the ArtPrize mobile app's map by clicking on the filter option, "Physically Accessible." This list includes all leading cultural institutions which meet Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility guidelines, and most participating venues which have self-identified as handicap accessible.

Free Wheelchair Loan Program

Wheelchairs are available at the Visitor Pavilion, courtesy of Mary Free Bed and Airway Oxygen Inc. Visitors will need to provide an ID and credit card information when checking out the wheelchair, all of which will be returned upon checking back in.

Accessible Transportation

The DASH and The Rapid's buses are wheelchair-accessible and ADA service animals are permitted on all transit vehicles.

GO!Bus is a shared ride, advanced reservation, ADA paratransit service intended to provide a comparable level of transportation to that which is provided by a The Rapid fixed-route bus. The Rapid also provides GO!Bus service to non-disabled seniors (NDS) aged 65 and older.

Accessible Parking

Accessible parking spots can be found in all city ramps and lots. Metered spots can be found on the city parking map.

ASL Interpretation

The ArtPrize Awards events will include an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter. To request an ASL interpreter for an official ArtPrize event please contact derek@artprize.org.

Retail Locations

Commemorate your ArtPrize visit and support our 501(c)3 organization, fueling the work that we do to host this community-wide event. Pay a visit to any of the locations below to find the perfect ArtPrize souvenir for yourself or for someone else. Attire is available in sizes ranging from infant to adult XL. You can also pick up other fun items such as an ArtPrize coffee mug, pint glass, poster and more.

ArtPrize Pop-Up Shop

The ArtPrize Pop-Up Shop is located at 111 Lyon St NE. The shop is open Monday-Saturday, Noon-7p and Sunday, Noon-6p.

Additional Retail Locations

Shop Online

You can also shop the ArtPrize retail line from wherever you are. Visit store.artprize.org.


Event Guide

The ArtPrize Event Guide is an invaluable tool, offering useful information and a series of maps to help you get the most out of your visit. Pick up an ArtPrize 10 Event Guide, free for all visitors thanks to MLive Media Group, at our new Visitor Pavilion at Rosa Parks Circle during the 19-day event. 

Hoping to take a look before you get here? View the 2018 event guide via Issuu, or preview the guide below.


Experience Guides

Not sure where to start your ArtPrize visit? We're here to help. Below you can download and print any or all of our three ArtPrize 10 Experience Guides, featuring highlighted venues, events and activities that will guarantee a great time.

Family Activity Kit

10 fun family activities that you can do with your kids throughout your ArtPrize 10 experience.