The founding idea of ArtPrize was the desire to create a city-wide art competition. That’s why, within the three-mile radius of our event, you’ll come across artwork where you’ve perhaps never seen it before. What you may not know is this year, ArtPrize will extend BEYOND this three-mile radius. That’s right - you don’t have to be directly downtown to engage in this year’s artwork. In fact, we encourage you to venture out of the downtown area to our satellite locations and check out the ways they will be activating their space before and during ArtPrize.
Sponsored by West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, African American Arts & Music Festival, and West Michigan Asian American Association, Inc., these locations promote the blend of artwork into the various communities and cultures that exist within Grand Rapids. We hope that you will make time to visit the following spots:
Edwin Anderson has transformed a basketball court into a mural honoring the late Kobe and Gigi Bryant. To celebrate this mural and activate the space, join the artist and the community by partaking in the 1st annual One Peace Hip Hop Festival.
The festival is a one day all ages Hip Hop + health and wellness event. Their desire is to bring folks together from all over the area to the beautifully renovated Campau Park and promote unity in this time of division while showcasing the businesses and organizations of Southtown and Southeast Grand Rapids.
Hannah Berry and her organization, Lions & Rabbits, will have various works of art available for viewing and interaction throughout Creston Neighborhood. Lions & Rabbits will be holding events throughout ArtPrize including brunches, cocktail hours, music and more, as well as hosting Creston After Dark on September 11.
Garfield Park (ALL EVENTS CANCELLED)
Element 7, an art collective pushing cultural and social equity, will be activating Garfield Park for the duration of ArtPrize 2021, with special performances every Friday through Sunday from September 17- October 3. These performances will include musicians, spoken-word artists, meditations, dance performances and more. All the engagements will be tied to their Open Portal installation, a piece designed to generate conscious healing, positive energy, and harmony within the world, the community and ourselves.
Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation
Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation was formed as a way to demonstrate unity amongst a diverse group of leaders and sectors with a similar heart to join forces already happening in the city. They will be hosting various events during ArtPrize, including a community market, live art, live entertainment, and more.
The diverse list of artists and entries that will be shown at GRCCT during September 16- October 3 can be found at the bottom of the venue page linked here.By Kati Molhoek on