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Old 04-22-2009, 10:35 AM
 
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There is supposed to be a major announcement Thursday morning of an "Event" that would put the world spotlight on Grand Rapids via the Devos Family.

I am thinking that it is a major convention grab for the City. That would make sense given the Hotel investments that the Devos family has invested in for the City (especially the JW (world class hotel needed for world class conventions and events), plus, the expansion of the convention center.



Thursday's major announcement by Amway heir Rick DeVos centers on large-scale event, source says - Grand Rapids News - The Latest News, Blogs, Photos & Videos – MLive.com

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Old 04-23-2009, 10:43 AM
 
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World's largest art prize coming to GR (http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/news/local/grand_rapids/DeVos_announcement_unveiled - broken link)
Rick DeVos unveiling $500,000 ArtPrize contest to turn Grand Rapids into a gallery - Grand Rapids News - The Latest News, Blogs, Photos & Videos – MLive.com
Grand Rapids art contest to offer over $400,000 in prizes | wzzm13.com | Grand Rapids, MI (http://www.wzzm13.com/news/news_story.aspx?storyid=108425&catid=14 - broken link)
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Old 04-23-2009, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Cool stuff. The entire downtown area is going to be open for artists to use as one big canvas. And then the public votes on the winners via text messages.
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Old 08-12-2009, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Default ArtPrize is going to be HUGE

ArtPrize is approaching 1000 registered artists in 168 venues throughout downtown Grand Rapids! Some of the more interesting announced works are a 50' long Loch Ness monster to be installed in the Grand River and a giant table set atop one of the pedestrian bridges over the Grand.

Event runs Sept 23rd - Oct. 10th, with the public voting on the best artwork and the top artist awarded $250,000!

ArtPrize - An open art contest based in Grand Rapids Michigan, the world's largest Art Prize.



http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs152.snc1/5648_228582000023_228550575023_8168708_244688_n.jp g (broken link)

http://ow.ly/jOC4

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Old 08-12-2009, 03:34 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Cool! I am definitely going to be in town for this.

The people-watching alone will be worth the trip!!
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Old 08-12-2009, 06:59 PM
 
Location: St. Joseph Area
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Oh, why did I have to move out of state!
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:19 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Oh yeah, I'll be headed to GR to see this.
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Oh, why did I have to move out of state!

You can come back and visit mac. Weather is always beautiful here in September.
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Old 08-19-2009, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Check out this entry: a massive 300" x 3600"-7200" nylon Hemi-Flora Sculpture at City Hall. I can't believe how insane this event is going to be!

ArtPrize - Lou Rizzolo/BIGThink - An open art contest based in Grand Rapids Michigan, the world's largest Art Prize. (http://www.artprize.org/artist/id/2664 - broken link)



1262 artists at 159 venues is the final count!
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Old 09-17-2009, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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This event is going to be HUGE. I can't believe all the artist receptions and parties and buildings and bridges being turned into galleries around here! It's nuts!

Here's some more info:
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