GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The Grand Rapids Children's Museum is one of 168 places whereartists will display their work for 18 days beginning in lateSeptember. By Friday afternoon, 1700 artists registered, and 1100signed up to display their work.
Saturday is the deadline for artists to match up with venues,and organizers say the response has been phenomenal. Almost everystate is represented, along with international locales like Paris,London, Iran and South Korea.
"I think everyone sees this as an opportunity for the area notonly to showcase local talent but what a great place Grand Rapidsis and the entrepreneureal spirit," said ArtPrize's BillHolsinger-Robinson, "and I think that's why so many people werewilling to make the investment."
Bringing huge works of art to a city can be a huge undertakingand expense.
"We've turned artists as much as we can into entreprenuers," hesaid. "Maybe it's like you're an artist in Iowa and you have tofigure out how to convince my fanbase to be part of thisinternational event in Grand Rapids."
The $250,000 top prize is significant, but Holsinger-Robinsondoesn't think it needed to be more to attract even moreartists.
"Quite frankly the prize is for the public, so they now theirvote matters a lot."
GRAM Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in front of a festive downtown crowd at Rosa Parks Circle Friday night.
Two people were taken to the hospital after one vehicle crossed the center line, causing a head-on crash in Ada Township Friday night.
Police say snow made roads "treacherous" Sunday and urged people to stay home if possible.