Welcome to your ArtPrize DAILY. The ArtPrize DAILY exists to keep you in the loop—delivering the ArtPrize scoop to your inbox every morning during the 19-day event. It's a one-stop info package, offering a concise recap on the previous day's events, a look forward to the day ahead, and handy tips to help you make the most of your visit.

ON DECK 

VOTE + WIN: Vote today — via the ArtPrize mobile app, online at artprize.org, or via text (SMS) — for any entry in the installation category today and be entered to win a $100 shopping spree at the ArtPrize HUB Retail Store!  Note: The winner will be announced tomorrow morning (along with tomorrow's VOTE + WIN challenge). Read the official VOTE + WIN rules.

Yesterday's VOTE + WIN winner is Chad Paffhausen

Today:

  • Critical Discourse -- powered by ITC, Your Energy Superhighway -- continues tonight at 7 p.m. in The HUB theatre with a panel focused on Art & Activism -- Speakers including Taylor Aldridge and Jessica Lynne co-founders of ARTS.BLACK, Detroit and New York; Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, Engagement & Education Manager at Creative Time, New York and artist, Dread Scott will address important contemporary social justice efforts such as #BlackLivesMatter, and how art is situated at the forefront of these movements.
     
  • Drop by Rosa Parks Circle and check out the West Michigan Honda Design And Drive competition entries -- vote for your favorite now through until October 8!
     
  • Notions Marketing will be attempting to break a new Guinness World Record for Arm Knitting in Rosa Parks Circle from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. today. Everyone is invited and encouraged to lend a hand. Free yarn will be supplied by Premier yarns while supplies last!

  • Vote! ArtPrize Seven is currently in the Round 1 phase of voting. During this time every Entry at every Venue in the ArtPrize District is in the running for big prizes. You have until Oct. 3 at midnight to vote for the artwork you think deserves a spot in the Public Vote Final 20. Download the free ArtPrize Seven mobile app (for iOS and Android devices) and register now.

ArtPrize Tonight:

  • The Eddy -- a 10 day festival in downtown Grand Rapids -- begins today with a great lineup. Stage shows begin at 6 p.m. with other activities running throughout the day. Check out showtimes on the ArtPrize blog.

  • St. Cecilia Music Center has organized over 150 live free performances at five different official ArtPrize Busking Sites throughout the city. Watch musicians between 5 - 8 p.m. tonight -- get more details.

  • Grand Rapids Symphony show, Love, Lust & Rock 'n' Roll begins at 8 p.m. tonight, Celebrating hits from the '30s to the '90s with Pink Martini singer Storm Large.

Next Milestone Events: 


The Public Vote Final 20 Announcement -- presented by Consumer's Energy -- is this coming Sunday October 4 at 1 p.m. Join us at Rosa Parks Circle for the official announcement of the ArtPrize Seven Final 20. Find out whether the artworks you voted for have made it through to Round 2 Voting and are in with the chance of winning the $200,000 Public Vote Grand Prize! Don't worry if you can't make it downtown, WOODTV8 will be streaming it live.

Critical Discourse returns October 5 at 7 p.m. with Why These Finalists? -- Broadcast live on WOOD TV8 -- a panel of three art experts will discuss half of the public and juried finalists in a lively, humorous, and irreverent debate. Panelists include Jillian Steinhauer, senior editor of Hyperallergic, New York; Lisa Freiman, director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art, Richmond; Anila Quayyum Agha, artist and 2014 ArtPrize winner, Indianapolis.

Check out the ArtPrize events calendar for full listings.

TODAY'S WEATHER

YESTERDAY

It was a full house at last night's Critical Discourse, with Pantone Color Institute's Executive Director, Leatrice Eiseman lending her insights and expertise in the field of color and design.

THE BUZZ

Check out a top #ArtPrize tweet and get more stories from MLive.

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