Legislators support U.P. artists' presence at ArtPrize

April 22, 2016  |  by Bonifas Arts Center


Participation of U.P. artists at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids could be a tremendous boost to tourism in the Upper Peninsula, say legislators from the U.P.

In a letter in support of the U.P. Pavilion at DeVos Place this year, the legislators says exposure at the international show in Grand Rapids "may translate into more tourism for the region."

The letter was signed by Senators Tom Casperson and Wayne Schmidt and State Representatives Ed McBroom, John Kivela, Scott Dianda and Lee Chatfield.

The letter states:

It is our understanding that the Bonifas Arts Center of Escanaba, Michigan, is working with DeVos Place in Grand Rapids to present "The U.P. Pavilion" during this year's ArtPrize 2016. Please accept this letter as our comments in support of this endeavor.

"The U.P. Pavilion" will give Upper Peninsula artists accepted into the annual ArtPrize competition this year the opportunity to showcase their work in one space at the DeVos Place convention center. This is a significant opportunity, not only for artists, but for the entire Upper Peninsula as a distinctive region rich in arts and culture and a must-see detonation. "The U.P. Pavilion" will offer additional exposure for artists, a sampling of what U.P. artists are creating, and a highlight of Upper Michigan art that may translate into more tourism for the region.

Upper Peninsula arts organizations realize they must work together on a regional level for mutual goals and shared benefits. The impact of this effort to combine marketing resources and to develop a refreshed communications system will have an on-going befit to all who participate throughout the peninsula. "The U.P. Pavilion" offers an opportunity to encourage this regional collaboration.

We enthusiastically endorse the inclusion of the "The U.P. Pavilion" during ArtPrize 2016. Thank you for the opportunity to offer these comments, and please contact us if you have any questions regarding our support.

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