Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (Downtown Inc.) is the singular management entity for the combined energies and operations of the Downtown Development Authority, the Downtown Alliance, the Downtown Improvement District, the City of Grand Rapids Office of Special Events, and the Monroe North Tax Increment Finance Authority. Working as a singular, cohesive organization, Downtown Inc. works with the community to develop the Downtown vision, enable collective impacts that return improved outcomes, and ensure that Downtown has a clear voice for leadership and advocacy. Our Mission is to make Grand Rapids the most admired, emulated, attractive, and well-run city of its size in the nation- with an unsurpassed reputation as a forward-thinking, bright spot to watch for how to do 'Downtown'.
The Acton Building, home to The Acton Institute (www.acton.org) and West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (www.wmcat.org) is a historic building that has recently been renovated and restored to emulate its original exterior design. Originally built in 1929 and known as the Watson Building, the brand new Acton building features a beautifully restored exterior, and the interior showcases restored hardwood floors, original wood beams and posts, with exposed wooden rafters and support beams. This building at the corner of Sheldon and Fulton is one of Grand Rapids most visible and beautiful historic buildings. Attention to detail, and an architectural faithfulness to the original design were paramount in this new remodeling.
98 East Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Take just one step inside the First Community Bank building, with its splendid works of architecture, and it becomes apparent the structure has a long and rich history. The 13 story, Greek Revival-style building dates back to the early 1900’s. It held the title of “Tallest building in Grand Rapids” until 1925 when Grand Rapids National Bank (now McKay Tower) added twelve stories to overshadow 60 Monroe Center by 3 floors. Easy walking, parking and bus stops.
60 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Lifestyle Kitchen Studio has moved into the historic Lyon Cottage at 222 Fulton E. Located in central Grand Rapids, our building is the fourth oldest in the city- made with river-rock from the Grand River! Our historic home has been the home of design firms, dance a dance studio, and specialty doctor's office. We are excited to include ArtPrize in our next chapter. About Lifestyle Kitchen Studio: ·Designing Kitchens & Baths for over 30 Years· ·Family Owned since 2002· ·Accredited, Award-Winning Design Team· After being in East Grand Rapids for over 25 years, Lifestyle Kitchen Studio is back downtown. Lifestyle Kitchen Studio is an accredited kitchen and bath design firm, located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. We are a specialty design boutique with exclusive product lines and custom cabinetry.
222 E Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Exciting events will transpire at the Kilwins Chocolates & Ice-Cream store located in McKay Tower directly across from Rosa Parks Circle! This is a visitors dream! Come see our great assortment of sweet treats and tantalizing desserts and marvel at our outstanding artprize entries!
146 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Bistro Bella Vita, Restaurant of the Year, is located kitty-corner to the Van Andel Arena on the southwest side. This Essence Restaurant Group establishment is a popular downtown destination that delivers the ultimate dining experience with top-notch, personable service. Guests enjoy the unique downtown atmosphere and creative cuisine made from fresh, natural, local ingredients. Bistro's culinary team creates authentic, housemade recipes that blend the delicious flavors of the Mediterranean countryside with a perfectly paired beverage offering served by a devoted staff whose passion is to ensure your complete satisfaction.
44 Grandville SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Located on the banks of the Grand River, Grand Rapids Public Museum is located in the most highly visible corridor for the ArtPrize viewer/voter.
272 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Georgios features walls of various textures for artists to display their work. One wall being aged brick, one an eye popping green. The traffic on a daily basis will give artists the exposure they are looking for.
15 Ionia, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Buffalo Wild Wings is the perfect place to catch all the game day action! We have two floors, and four bars with plenty of TVs so you and your group don't miss a second of the action. We have a full menu featuring our 16 sauces and 4 seasonings. We look forward to seeing you during Art Prize.
8 Ionia, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
GRBC is located just 6 blocks from its original location at Ionia and Michigan, at the busiest corner of the vibrant Heartside entertainment district. Since opening HopCat, the craft beer focus of the GR bar scene has seen a virtual explosion, and it made us want to 'rescue' this great name in Grand Rapids history from the suburban indignity of being located in a mall parking lot. GRBC is proud to be the Midwest's first USDA-certified organic brewery. In keeping with the organic and local theme of GRBC, much of our interior space was created using reclaimed materials. Our tables were are made from the old floor joists pulled up as we began rehabbing the space. The barstools were made right here in GR, the art was done by local artist David Dodde, our host stand an old foreman's station from the Chris-Craft factory, we even gave the old fire door a coat of paint and hung it over the bar in the back room.
1 Ionia S.W., Grand Rapids, MI 48838
Juiceblendz Cafe offers delicious and nutritious all natural smoothies, juices, eats and frozen yogurt served in a bright, cheerful, family friendly atmosphere. We use only natural ingredients in our smoothies; no sugary mixes or frozen purees. We offer the finest frozen yogurt made with live and active cultures. The frozen fun experience culminates with the endless toppings combinations available, from fresh fruits to candy, and everything in between. Come into our colorful Juiceblendz Cafe and enjoy the perfect blend of taste and health!
15 Ionia SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
This local and independently owned coffee shop is about culture, the understanding of our youth in Grand Rapids MI. Open 24 hours for our future young professionals to have a place safe to go without time limitations for them to accomplish their goals. Our warm and welcoming environment provides space for work or leisure no matter the age. Our friendly baristas are inviting and full of help to produce an unforgettable experience, coupled with premium quality ingredients for the best of your senses.
208 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Serving 400-500 individuals daily, Dégagé Ministries offers help and hope to homeless and disadvantaged individuals in our community. Responsive programming is designed to address immediate and long-term needs such as overnight respite for women in crisis, food, referral services and hygiene facilities. While many of our services may seem "simple," those who receive our services take nothing for granted. Often, it is the simplest of gestures that brings the most powerful results. What sets Dégagé apart from other organizations is the attention given to each individual and each success.
144 Division Avenue South, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Craft-Revival Jewelers is located at 16 Ionia SW in downtown Grand Rapids. We are in a street level retail space in the Heartside District a block from Van Andel Arena and located near Hopcat, Buffalo Wild Wings, Bar Divani and Gardellas. Craft-Revival's specialty is handmade jewelry that is exclusive to our store. We look forward to seeing you all!
16 Ionia Ave SW Suite 2, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Cornerstone Church is thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in Artprize - one of the most fun, over-stimulating and inspiring events in one of the coolest, big-hearted cities in the world! We are a new ministry in an old building. Cornerstone Church launched our first service at our Heritage Hill Campus in October of 2013. We are located at the corner of Lafayette and Washington. Our historic building was built in 1904 and remains, architecturally-speaking, incredibly original. We are on the edge of Heritage Hill and downtown Grand Rapids. One block South of Fulton, off Lafayette, this is a great location for a walk by both historic homes and near all the energy of downtown. Stroll by and visit!
48 Lafayette Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Canal Street Park is a riverside park that includes a walk/bike path for visitors traveling in the North Monroe Distict. The large area park stretches along the riverside from Newberry Street (site of the historic 6th Street Bridge) to Coldbrook Avenue.
941 Monroe Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The Grand River is a river that runs through the heart of downtown Grand Rapids.
Grand River near Pearl Street Bridge, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Coit Creative Arts Academy is the elementary art school for the Grand Rapids Public Schools. The original building was built in 1880 and it is the oldest working school in Michigan. In 2002 it became an arts school. As a result, families have moved into the neighborhood specifically to send their children to Coit Creative Arts Academy. Because of this, the neighborhood is more art savvy than most others. It is conveniently located just a few blocks from the Medical Mile and within walking distance to downtown. With school budgets as they exist, being an exhibitor at Coit Creative Arts Academy is a wonderful nod to the dedication artists feel toward arts education for our children.
617 Coit NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Mission The UICA builds creative community by fostering new forms of expression, promoting collaboration, and providing genuine experiences with contemporary art. Guiding Principles Through compelling presentations, studio programs, community programs, and youth development, we actively challenge both artists and audiences to new levels of dialogue, creative pursuit, reflection, and illumination. UICA initiates conversation in response to visual art, music, film, literature, dance, and performance art featuring regional, national, and international artists.
2 Fulton West, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Leo's is a causal fine dining restaurant located in the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids. Our Art Prize entries are displayed in our spacious front lobby, with lots of natural light from the large windows.
60 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Grand Valley State University has a long tradition of supporting the arts. The university’s permanent collection now numbers over 10,000 works of art, collected in support of its educational mission. The majority of these works are displayed throughout the university’s grounds and facilities, to promote diversity and cultural understanding. The collection has also been established to enrich the lives of students, faculty, staff and the community. The collection features works in a wide range of media by faculty, students and GVSU alumni. Additionally, many of Michigan’s finest visual artists, and numerous works by renowned national and international artists works are included in the collection. The collection can be viewed on-line at www.gvsu.edu/artgallery and "Art at GVSU" is available in the iTunes App store and in the Google play store with a gaming element added to the Art at GVSU mobile application.
301 Fulton Street W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
HopCat was envisioned, designed, stocked, and staffed with one mission in mind: To bring you great beer. What is great beer? It's a beer made with care and pride. It might be a local beer or one from across the globe. It could be your usual pint, or a beer that you had no idea existed. Every once in a while, it's a beer you never would have ordered but for the fact that your server or bartender suggested it. Since January 2008, we've journeyed on an unending quest to ensure that our beer selection is the best in the world. We’re listed as one of the Top 50 bars in the US by Draft Magazine. But that’s just the start: Beer Advocate Magazine has ranked us as the #3 Beer Bar in the world, CraftBeer.com has rated us the #2 beer bar in the U.S., and in 2012 RateBeer.com ranked us as the #1 Brewpub in the United States. We’re humbled by the response that craft beer lovers all over the world have shown to our philosophy, and are truly grateful for the simple fact.
25 Ionia S.W., Grand Rapids, MI 49503
As the oldest family owned Italian restaurant in the West Side of Grand Rapids, Salvatore's has served its patrons for over 38 years. Located on the corner of Alpine and Stocking, our restaurant has been a popular destination for many people and a routine stop for many people on the way to and from downtown Grand Rapids' events. Featuring 2 dining rooms and an outdoor terrazzo patio Salvatore's seats over 200 people. Our authentic award winning cuisine, full bar and friendly staff will ensure a memorable occasion for you and your guests. During Artprize we are encouraging artists particularly those with larger outdoor pieces to consider our restaurant as their venue.
654 Stocking NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
The Harris building located at 111 S. Division in the Heartside district is a 4 story historical building with a lower level. The building has been brought back to a raw state and currently areas of the building are being remodeled for unique style space for retail, food service, events, meeting and office use. The Harris building is proud to be hosting artist for ArtPrize 2014 as our second year as a venue. Last year ArtPrize entries were shown on 4 floors. This year ArtPrize entries will be shown on the main floor and the lower level. The 2nd floor is the Harris gallery and event space. Please contact us if you are interested in hosting an event. During Art Prize pop up events will be scheduled along with pop up amenities, such as food, drinks, and relaxing areas. Visit www.theharrisbuilding.com for more building information.
111 S. Division, Grand Rapids, MI 49503