ArtPrize venues making changes to connect with community


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The crowds will soon be filing in to downtown Grand Rapids and the artists will set up for ArtPrize 10 when it kicks off Sept. 19. 

Some changes will be seen downtown while the festival is in full effect, but two of the bigger exhibitions at the event are making changes as well. 

Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts will be taking its exhibition from inside to the outdoors as more permanent art goes up in local neighborhoods in the form of murals.  

The project is called UICA outside and features five murals; one on the West Side, three in the Creston Neighborhood and one in the Baxter Neighborhood.  

UICA will still be open with its usual features during ArtPrize.  

A UICA spokesperson says the idea this came from the Jurors Grand Prize winner in 2017, HeARTtside Community Meal. They are aiming to be more connected to the community and have art in the neighborhoods that is accessible 24/7. 

“We took that and decided that we wanted to push the boundaries a little bit outside of the traditional art prize boundaries and work really closely with the community to make art that’s really accessible to everyone,” said Kristen Taylor, a development officer with UICA.  

The Kendall College of Art and Design is also rolling out a new program in conjunction with ArtPrize called the ArtPrize Internship Program.  

A statement from the college said inclusion and accessibility will “fuel the converstaion about creativity and influence the world around us.” 

The full statement can be read here: 

“KCAD is pleased that the next evolution of ArtPrize will open up even more opportunities to connect with the power of art and design. As a committed collaborator, KCAD knows that inclusion and accessibility fuel the conversation about creativity and its influence on the world around us. The new ArtPrize Internship Program, developed by KCAD in collaboration with ArtPrize, is an example, as it provides students with paid professional experiences in art and design fields. We look forward to seeing the growth of these internships, and to exploring further collaborative possibilities under the new ArtPrize format.” 

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University President Leslie Bellavance 

To learn more about the changes, visit the UICA or Kendall College websites.

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