ArtPrize web site crashes on opening day

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UPDATE: ArtPrize said the issue has been resolved. 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — ArtPrize is working to get its web site back up and running after it crashed around noon on Wednesday, the opening day of the multi-week event.

A message posted on said “ is temporarily unavailable due to Amazon Web Services outage. Please check back soon.”

The message adds, “Twitter users – feel free to use #awsoutage.”

A representative for ArtPrize said they are unsure when the website will be back up and running, but added outage is affecting websites hosted by Amazon Web Services across the Midwest and East coast.

The outage is also affecting the ArtPrize mobile app.

Updates will be provided through the ArtPrize social media accounts.

Voting did not open as scheduled and will not open until the website is restored to ensure no votes are missed, the representative said.

In previous years ArtPrize has also experienced crashes during peak usage times.

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