Grand Rapids, Michigan
Autumn Page and Genevieve Rosengren both told us to check out Grand Rapids, Michigan and its annual ArtPrize event.
Every year, the Grand Rapids community comes together for ArtPrize, an annual competition that brings together artists from around the world to share and discuss art with the general public. Any property in downtown Grand Rapids can be a venue for an artist, and everyone attending the event can vote for their favorite piece of art. The festival awards more than $498,000 to artists based on the public vote, but the main focus of the event is about building community and exchanging ideas.
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