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  • A new musical comes to ArtPrize

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–  ArtPrize is officially underway and that means a lot of performances coming to downtown Grand Rapids. Four Stories is an entry by Grand Rapids Actors Theatre.  The idea is a collaborative theatre piece that uses public vote to decide things like character names, costume designs and more. The musical will play as a guided tour at the UICA, covering all four floors of the ArtPrize venue.

  • Downtown Grand Rapids Inc makes navigating GR a little easier

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– If you aren’t overly familiar with downtown Grand Rapids then it can be a little hard to navigate. Downtown Grand Rapids Incorporated wanted to make traveling a little easier.  They introduced new signs around our city that state how far certain destinations are with arrows pointing in the correct direction. The idea came to them originally for ArtPrize but the team decided to leave up the signs for the rest of the year with the possibility of […]

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  • Bluegrass duo Rivergirl joins us at our CWD ArtPrize Studio

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– One of the great things about ArtPrize is all the people it brings to our community.  All the art being installed is wonderful but what about the vendors and musicians that fill the streets during the two weeks of ArtPrize? Meet Rivergirl, a bluegrass duo from right here in Grand Rapids.  Jill and Gabi began playing together only a year ago.  The two started by hitting up ArtPrize and the praise they got from the crowd kept […]

  • Fashion Has Heart gives creative outlet to veterans

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Wounded veterans and clothing designers from around the country come together each year to create one of a kind pieces of clothing. Fashion Has Heart wanted to give veterans a chance to have a creative outlet, and tell their story through boots, and shirts that they custom make.  Each veteran has their own story and each piece tells that story in a different way. You can purchase the clothing, and check out the ArtPrize entry by […]

  • A lesson in painting through electricity

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– There are so many paintings to see at ArtPrize this year but one of them stands out from the rest.  Larissa Uredi came to Grand Rapids from Kansas City, Missouri.  After hearing on all the art blogs that ArtPrize was the place to be she knew she had to step up her game. Larissa decided to think outside the box and do her paintings through electricity.  Electric painting takes a lot of time hooking up the anodizer […]

  • ArtPrize 101

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Are you new to West Michigan, or just new to ArtPrize?  It can be a hectic time of year and there is so much art around town to see.  We met up with Todd Herring from ArtPrize and put together an, “ArtPrize 101.”  Everything you need to know to have the best time at ArtPrize 2014. From registering to vote, to how to get around town for free we have you covered.

  • ArtPrize entry brings karaoke to the UICA

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– It’s official, ArtPrize 2014 has begun. ArtPrize consists of all different forms of art, and some of that art depends on our participation.  We caught up with UICA exhibitions curator AJ Pashka to learn all about one of those entries. “Hey Youtube, It’s Me” is a piece submitted by Aaron Nemec.  The idea behind the piece is that people can submit videos of themselves singing any song they want, and then ArtPrizers can head over to the […]

  • ArtPrize The Musical takes the stage at Pyramid Scheme

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Do you love a good roasting?  Then,  ArtPrize The Musical may be the “not to miss” entry for you! Bringing music and live theater together while poking fun at our beloved town; this piece is something different from the norm. When most of us think of ArtPrize we think of statues, paintings, and other exhibits we view on the streets of Grand Rapids.  What some of us don’t know is that there is a thriving performance […]