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Experience ArtPrize 9 at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market

Located both indoors and outdoors, this year’s art installations at the Market feature artists hailing from as far away as Paris, China and New Zealand, alongside several artists from Michigan, including Godwin Heights Public Schools students.
Making art at the Downtown Market

Making art at the Downtown Market /Courtesy of the Downtown Market

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Children making art at the Downtown Market

Children making art at the Downtown Market /Courtesy of the Downtown Market

Making art at the Downtown Market

Making art at the Downtown Market /Courtesy of the Downtown Market

With ArtPrize 9 beginning this week, there are hundreds of great venues across the city to take in amazing public art installations. This year, visitors to the Downtown Market can not only see eight large-scale installations in one location, but also take part in public events and taste amazing food and drinks all in one location.

Located both indoors and outdoors, this year’s art installations at the Market feature artists hailing from as far away as Paris, China and New Zealand, alongside several artists from Michigan, including Godwin Heights Public Schools students. More about the artists and installations here.

Now entering its second year, the Downtown Market’s partnership with Heartside Ministries is still going strong, and the Heartside Gallery Wall has moved to a new and more prominent, permanent location on the second floor, just outside the banquet room. Born out of a desire to forge neighborhood partnerships and provide more space for Heartside artists to display and sell their work, the gallery wall brings a whole new audience for the artists, and creates a year-round gallery for Market guests to enjoy.

Also taking place at the Market during ArtPrize:

Made in Michigan Pop-up Marketplace - Reuse & Recycle theme

September 23, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This special edition of Made in Michigan Pop-up Marketplace takes on an Earth-friendly theme, to feature eco-artisans with up-cycled, renewable, and organic products. More information here.

Wearable Art & Home Decor Show

October 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Browse and purchase local artisan products made in Michigan, such as clothing, jewelry, art and home decor. Located on the 2nd floor of the Market. More information here.

Artists Creating Together “Down to Earth” Public Education Day:

October 1, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

ArtPrize Labs brings you the ACT Creative Lab at the Downtown Market. Bring the entire family to enjoy art activities - including take-home sensory crafts, creative movement and culinary arts - for a celebration of arts, inclusion and fun. More info here.

As always, after a long day of critiquing art or traipsing across the city, the Downtown Market’s small food businesses and full-service restaurants are a great place to cool off, warm up, taste some new food and have a hot or cold drink in the Market Hall or out on the patio.

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