GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Legislators were unable to resolve the budget dispute regarding President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, so a partial federal government shutdown went into effect just before midnight Monday.
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids and Library in Ann Arbor have been impacted by the shutdown -- the first in 17 years.
"Unfortunately, we're just going to have to have our doors closed," Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Deputy Director Jim Kratsas said Monday.
The museum, an ArtPrize exhibition center, is hosting 25 ArtPrize entries, including four of the Top 10 finalists --
- "Dancing With Mother Nature" by Paul Baliker of Palm Coast, Fla.
- "Polar Expressed" by Anni Crouter of Flint, Mich.
- "Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore" by Ann Loveless of Frankfort, Mich.
- "UPlifting" by Andy Sacksteder of Port Clinton, Ohio
Crouter's and Loveless’ installations were originally housed inside the museums’ main lobby and have since been relocated to a tent outside the museum, following the government shutdown decision.
Baliker's and Sacksteder's installations were already outside the museum.
The other ArtPrize entries will remain locked in the museum and will not be accessible to the public, Kratsas said.
Artist Stan Skopek's sculpture "Coral Reeds" is in the museum.
"I'm not offended. That just happens to be where I'm at. Would it prevent me from going back to the Ford Museum? No. I would do it again next year," he said. "Just surprised in the fact you realize that it does affect people's lives in ways you may not expect."
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was in Grand Rapids Monday and had his opinion about what should happen to the art.
"It would be best to get them out of there before a shutdown happens," he said earlier in the day.
"I'm down here for the first time enjoying all the art and I think it would be kind of a setback to do something like that," Sue Willard said.
24 Hour News 8's Heather Walker contributed to this report
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