What is ArtPrize?
ArtPrize began in 2009 with funding from Rick DeVos. It is recognized as the most attended public art event on the planet. For 19 days in the early fall, around 400,000 attendees descend upon three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. With more than $500K available for prize money, artists from around the world bring their work to turn downtown into a gallery. Art pops up in every inch of downtown in over 160 venues—museums, galleries, bars, restaurants, theaters, hotels, public parks, lobbies, buildings, walls, bridges, laundromats, and auto body shops—it’s all free and open to the public.
According to U.P. Travel and Recreation, Grand Rapids is one of the top three Michigan locations that serve as a source for Upper Peninsula tourism. Coupled with the facts that ArtPrize has:
• over 400,000 attendees for their 19 day arts event and
• nearly 30,500 from out of state, people willing to travel to enjoy Michigan arts & culture
Upper Peninsula CVB’s:
VisitEscanaba | Keweenaw CVB | St. Ignace Visitor’s Bureau | Manistique Lakes Area Tourism Bureau
Escanaba Credit Union Branches:
Peninsula Federal Credit Union • UP State Credit Union • Great Lakes First Federal Credit Union
Special thanks to the Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation Association
Other key arts organizations working to promote this regional effort include: Borderland Arts, Iron Mountain; Erickson Center for the Arts, Curtis; Downtown Art Place, Ironwood; Munising Bay Area Arts and staff from the The Welcome Center, St. Ignace.