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Public and Private Art to be Discussed at Public Forum

Community leaders from the worlds of art and law will be having an interesting discussion regarding public art during an event hosted by three organizations.

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Heart of West Michigan United Way 5K Run/Walk is September 29

Get ready for the 2nd Annual Live United 5K Run/Walk! Presented by Heart of West Michigan United Way and Steelcase, the Live United 5K Run/Walk adds to the community energy and excitement of ArtPrize.

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ArtPrize is Accessible for All

As ArtPrize begins it's 4th year of bringing art and conversation to Grand Rapids in a "really big" way, the concern has always been to hold an event the is truly open to all.  And by that I mean, accessible to all, even with a physical disability. 

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51st Annual Grand Haven Art Festival Kicks Off This Weekend

We're only a few months away from ArtPrize so look at this as the warm up!  The 51st Annual Grand Haven Art Festival is this weekend, June 23rd - 24th.  Washington Avenue will be turned into an outdoor art gallery.  There will be lots of local talent and it will also feature art from 150 of the nation's leading artists.  There will also be a Family Day Of  Fun, June 23rd, 10am-2pm, with arts and crafts activities for the kids.   Admission and parking are free and open to the public both days.

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Art Prize This Year Kicks Off September 19th, But You Can Get A Jumpstart With Art.Downtown

Avenue Of The Arts has a little something special planned for art lovers!  If you can't wait till September to stroll downtown Grand Rapids Art Prize, April 13th is the date to mark on your calender.

Jump on a FREE trolley and check out the work of over 260 local artists spread throughout 25 di

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grNow.com, WZZM 13 And I Take A Look At ArtPrize Like Never Before

There are a lot of things that make ArtPrize work.  Things that you may not even think about.  What if next year during Artprize you and your family hosted one of the many artists that visit our beautiful city

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TEASER From My WZZM13 / grNow.com Segment Sunday Early Morning News

The grNow.com segment I do airs usually on Sunday morning between 7am and 7:30am on the WZZM 13 Sunday Early Morning News with Jennifer Pascua and Aaron Ofseyer.  I am doing a story on the "back story" of ArtPrize.  While everyone is talking about what we did right with Artprize, and what we need to do to make ArtPrize better next year; I wanted to talk to a host family about what the ArtPrize experience was like for them.  What was it like inviting a person you didn't know into your home for about 3 weeks?

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Meet ArtPrize Winner & Creator Of “Crucifixion”, Mia Tavonatti [video]

It is now easy for me to see why, Crucifixion, for Mia Tavonatti!  She IS a walking, talking, miracle who overcame and shows the resiliency of the human spirit to continue to go on.  She understands that there are no coincidences and even the bad stuff can be used for good.  It al

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1st Place ArtPrize Winner Mia Tavonatti’s Mother Died Hours Before Her Win [video]

FOLLOW UP: Mia Tavonatti's mother passed away earlier in the day, hours before she was awarded 1st Place in ArtPrize for her entry Crucifixion. The following video is her talking about her mom's passing and knowing that her mom was there with her last night when she took home 1st Place in ArtPrize!  She also mentions another ArtPrize Juried Winner: Caroline Young of Chicago, Ill. for  "Remember:

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Grand Rapids ARTPRIZE 2011 Artist Interviews And Visitor Reactions![video]

This is the last week for ArtPrize.  Talked to Robyn, an Art Prize artist, on Thursday.  Getting the know the artist behind the ArtPrize entry sometimes yields a beautiful story!

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ARTPRIZE 2011 Artist From Israel Shares His Story With Me[video]

Ofer MizraChi has such a good vibe!  He read somewhere that Grand Rapids Michigan was having an artist's competition!  Being an artist, he soon realized he had to come to this "Grand Rapids place!"  So, never being in America before, his travel agent booked him a flight, he arrived in New York City, he rented a car with GPS, programmed in Grand Rapids, Michigan and arrived here close to 3 weeks ago

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ARTPRIZE 2011, Meet 3 ArtPrize Artists In The Competition[video]!

Throguhout all of ArtPrize I will be broadcasting from the lobby of the Huntington Bank Building between 10am and 2pm Monday through Friday.  I'd like to introduce you to Kimberly Lasher whose ArtPrize entry is entitled The Secret Annex

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