ArtPrize Nine is right around the corner, and we’re ecstatic to have so many passionate and creative artists (that’s you!) in our city, displaying your work and interacting with visitors. You hold an honored place in the ArtPrize family, and to further elevate all that you do -- we’re introducing ArtPrize Artist Week, taking place September 17-22 in partnership with Creative Many Michigan.

Creative Many is a statewide organization leading advocacy efforts to advance the creative industries in Michigan, spanning arts and culture, design, arts education and the diverse array of creative expressions. Their mission to develop creative people, places and the creative economy in Michigan underscores the transformative power of the creative industries and empowers Michigan’s “creative many” to join in creating a future that benefits everyone. For our inaugural Artist Week, they’ll be hosting five days of immersive panels and workshops providing professional development for ArtPrize Artists.

Join the conversation on topics like:

  • Legal Issues
  • The Public Sphere
  • Real Estate and Creative Practice
  • Community Building
  • The Music Industry

Engage with creative professionals from across the country, and with other ArtPrize artists, at these Artist Week events. Stay tuned! Details about complimentary registration, speakers and additional events will be announced in August.

If you are interested in staying in Grand Rapids for these events and others during ArtPrize Nine, check out our Artist Housing program.


Mark your calendars for these not-to-miss 2017 Artist Week events:

9.17: ArtPrize Nine Artist Kick-Off Party

Join us on Sunday, September 17 from 7 p.m. at The B.O.B. for our annual ArtPrize Artist Kick-Off Party & Open House, sponsored by the Gilmore Collection. You and a guest will enjoy live music and  delicious hors d’oeuvres, and dance the night away as we celebrate you.

9.18: The Law: Legal Issues for Creative Practitioners

Don’t miss this event with Creative Many’s Lawyers for the Creative Economy on Monday, September 18 from 1-4 p.m. at the ArtPrize Clubhouse (location TBA soon!). Their volunteer attorneys will present three different sessions covering content useful for creative practitioners like you, at every experience level. There’ll be plenty of time for attendees to ask questions during this interactive afternoon.

9.19: Creative Engagement: The Public Sphere for Creative Practitioners

On the eve of ArtPrize Nine, Creative Many will present a series of afternoon discussions exploring the role of creative practitioners in the public sphere. From protest and resistance art to strategies for advancing legislative agendas, experts and artists will discuss some of the different ways artists influence the public discourse. Join us on Tuesday, September 19 from 1-4 p.m. at the ArtPrize Clubhouse.

9.20: ArtPrize Nine Opening Day

ArtPrize Nine voting officially kicks off on Wednesday, September 20 at Noon. Head downtown to Rosa Parks Circle at 6:30 p.m. for the ArtPrize Nine Opening Ceremony -- including remarks from Todd Herring, ArtPrize Director of Creative and Communications; a performance by the GVSU Laker Marching Band and Dance Company.

9.21: Space: Real Estate Issues for Creative Practitioners

Join Creative Many on Thursday, September 21 from 1-4 p.m. at the ArtPrize Clubhouse for an engaging afternoon of conversation about the practical issues that arise when creative practitioners interface with the real estate market. The discussions will feature a variety of perspectives, and include space to imagine and explore alternative solutions to some of the disconnects between real estate conventions and the need for creative spaces.

9.22: Harmony: Community-Building and the Music Industry

Creative Many and WYCE will present three discussions about music as a necessary enhancement to the quality of life in Michigan's communities. Join us on Friday, September 22 from 1-4 p.m. at the ArtPrize Clubhouse.

Stay tuned for more details and we look forward to welcoming you to Grand Rapids in the fall.

By Katie Moore on