Pathways help visitors navigate ArtPrize


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — There is a lot to check out during ArtPrize 10.

This year, 165 different venues are displaying the 1,263 entries to vote on. To help people from feeling overwhelmed, ArtPrize has brought back Pantone Pathways to help people see as much as possible.

All people have to do is follow different colored stencils stamped on the sidewalk around downtown Grand Rapids and use the venue listings and map inside ArtPrize’s event guide.

Laney Jakstys, who is visiting from Detroit, says she could use the extra help.

“Just from walking around is what we know of it,” Jakstys said.

But the pathways aren’t for out-of-towners. Even people who live in Grand Rapids may not be able to maneuver through all the venues to see everything. 

Nicole Jackson loves looking at all the art, but she doesn’t have a strategy when she heads out during ArtPrize. 

“I try to do the best that I can  … I see art, I go in,” Jackson said admitting she wanders aimlessly at times.

In total, there are five pathways.

Lauren Froman, a volunteer ArtPrize program coordinator, said that this year, organizers decided to give all the pathways the same starting point at the ArtPrize Visitor Pavilion in Rosa Parks Circle. From there, visitors can get an event guide and take off. 

“We just wanted to keep everything for the 10th year all together. It gives people an out to see all that ArtPrize and Grand Rapids have to offer,” Froman explained.

The routes take you within a block of most ArtPrize venues. Some also intersect with DASH routes throughout the city so you can hop on the bus in the middle of a pathway if you need to.

Each of the paths are one to two miles long and take roughly 30 to 60 minutes to complete.

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