Artist host Erica Curry VanEe with ArtPrize 2010 8th place winner Young Kim. Photo: Brian VanEe

“At the core of the sharing transformation is timeless wisdom updated for today – that it’s only through sharing, cooperation, and contribution to the common good that it’s possible to create lives and a world worth having.” - Shareable

At ArtPrize we strive to create avenues that allow artists, venues, visitors, and volunteers to create connections and have experiences that are only possible through collaboration. Creative sharing allows ArtPrize to function and flourish each year. It “opens a channel to our creative potential. Sharing is fun, practical, and perhaps most of all, it’s empowering. It enables us to experience and do things we never thought possible” - Shareable.

The concept of a “sharing economy” has been popping up in the news and in conversations recently. “[It] is a socio-economic ecosystem built around the sharing of human and physical assets...including the shared creation, production, distribution, trade and consumption of goods and services by different people and organizations” - People Who Share. ArtPrize wholeheartedly supports a sharing economy, as we believe it to be a vehicle for innovation, community building, and sustainable practices that are both economically and socially beneficial. ArtPrize values highly the principles of reducing barriers and increasing peer to peer networks, offering opportunities for sharing, support and connection during the annual 19-day event.

In fact each year, ArtPrize helps match out-of-town Artists with volunteers offering free temporary housing. This Artist Hosting program gives artists, our honored guests, the chance to reduce the cost associated with participating in the ArtPrize event and the potential to extend their stay in Grand Rapids. Through this program, we have provided thousands of room nights for visiting ArtPrize artists over the past five years, and many previous award winners—including Ran Ortner, Beili Liu, Mia Tavonatti, Adonna Khare, and Young Kim—were all hosted by people just like you. The added benefits of shared hospitality and life long friendships are icing on the cake.

Erica Curry VanEe, an ArtPrize Artist host and advocate for the sharing economy in Grand Rapids, has said of her Artist Hosting experience:

“Throughout our years of hosting artists, we have seen the most ordinary of moments transform into the most exciting. From hanging drywall to making late night trips to Home Depot to eating Chinese on the floor of the GRAM, these are the moments that have connected us in community with one another, that have allowed us to enter into each others’ hearts and lives.”

Find out how you can share your home.

Written by Brooke Hotchkiss, Volunteer Coordinator

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