In its sixth year, it is hard to imagine Grand Rapids without ArtPrize, but without the passion and participation of our dynamic community of friends and supporters, ArtPrize would still simply be an idea. Because of you ArtPrize is free and open to the public to view, experience, and vote on art. If you are an ArtPrizer consider making a one-time, tax-deductible donation of any amount, large or small, to help support this radically open event that serves so many. With a donation of $50.00 or more, you will receive a copy of the five-year retrospective book, “ArtPrize: How a Radically Open Competition Transformed a City and Changed the Way We Think about Art.” Look to what we accomplished during ArtPrize 2014 and let it inspire you to give for what we strive to achieve in 2015. 1,127 students participated in ArtPrize Chair Camp, learning about chair design from Carla Hartman, Director of Education for the Eames Office and granddaughter of Charles and Ray Eames. Students even designed their own miniature chairs. In all, over 12,000 K-12 students participated in a 2014 ArtPrize Education Days program.
- 10,000 low-income residents received wristbands for unlimited Rapid Rides to ArtPrize during the nineteen days of ArtPrize, in an ongoing partnership with The Rapid and community-based non-profits.
- 134,550 plastic bottles were diverted from use through ArtPrize Water Share, a program for ArtPrizers to refill their own water bottles free of cost at any of the twenty-two participating Water Share venues throughout the city.
- For the first time, visitors in need could borrow wheelchairs, provided by Mary Free Bed and Airway Oxygen Inc., from the ArtPrize HUB at no charge. ArtPrize created the unique AccessArt Pathway, a 1.2 mile route designed with mobility needs in mind, and Ascentcare provided our first AccessArt Lounge for guests with mobility challenges.
With the end of the year upon us, I encourage you to make a one-time, tax-deductible donation to support ArtPrize. Your gift is eligible for a matching grant until December 31st of this year. Consider making a donation and multiplying your support for ArtPrize today. Thank you for your passion and for your dedication to ArtPrize Grand Rapids.