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.

Resources

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.

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.

Activities

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

Hours

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.

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

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. Information on how to download the city’s parking app will be available soon.

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 several 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.

The Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) provides the best transportation in the downtown area. The service is free to ride and hours have been extended, thanks to Mobile GR, getting you to not-to-miss exhibitions seven days a week throughout ArtPrize. Click here to view and print a schedule.

The ArtPrize Satellite Shuttle. A free additional DASH route provided by Mobile GR that runs only during ArtPrize that takes ArtPrize visitors to two satellite venues located outside the ArtPrize district. The schedule and stop locations coming soon.

The Rapid, Grand Rapids' bus system, offers routes throughout greater Grand Rapids. ArtPrize Metro Pass ($5 each) are good for unlimited rides on the Silver Line and 10 free rides on all of The Rapid's fixed routes for the duration of ArtPrize. Starting in September, pick one up at a participating Meijer store (see above for participating stores) and during the 19-days of ArtPrize visit our Visitor Pavilion.

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.

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.

  • Awards and Ceremonies
  • Panels, Lectures and Workshops
  • Happenings and Festivals
  • Family Activities

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

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.

Accessibility

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.

Venues

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.

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