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ArtPrize offers options for their biggest fans

ArtPrize offers ArtClub and ArtFan, two levels of membership programs that celebrate and reward supporters of the event.
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About ArtPrize


"ArtPrize® is a radically open, independently organized international art competition and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

For 19 days, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, become an open playing field where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about what is art and why it matters. Art from around the world pops up in every inch of downtown, and it’s all free and open to the public.

It’s unorthodox, highly disruptive, and undeniably intriguing to the art world and the public alike."

ArtPrize wants you to have the best possible experience at this year’s event. Offering ArtClub and ArtFan, membership programs that celebrate and reward supporters of the largest prize to artists and one of the most unique art events in the world to visitors, ArtPrize invites you to sign up for a membership and help to ensure that this event continues for years to come.

Amelea Pegman, Director of the Volunteer Program, shares how these ideas came to fruition.

The ArtFan program has been around since the near beginning as a way for our biggest personal fans to contribute to ArtPrize,” says Pegman. “A few years later [in 2013] we thought it would be fun to develop a way for entry level supporters to contribute as well with the same intention and goal. ArtClub was born out of this hope, to give community members who LOVE ArtPrize an easy way to both support us financially and enjoy special programming and enhanced opportunities to connect to ArtPrize-during the event and, now, year round.”

ArtFan provides an option for the most passionate and ardent supporters of ArtPrize. ArtFans increase the financial sustainability of the event, but also become ambassadors for ArtPrize at large. Membership ranges from the Bronze level at $1,500 to Platinum at $10,000. Benefits range from a season launch cocktail party to VIP seating at the ArtPrize Awards, to sneak peeks and previews of special events throughout the duration of the event. The 10k level even offers stakeholders an ‘Ultimate Wish’- make a wish for a one-of-a-kind ArtPrize experience, and, if it’s possible, it’s yours.

For those who wish to support ArtPrize but don’t have the $1,500 to invest, there's also ArtClub, the entry level alternative that still provides membership perks and creates a unique way for members to support art in their community.

“We built the ArtClub around the idea that connectivity is what drives the best of what ArtPrize has to offer. At the heart of the program lies access to what we built into our Clubhouse,”Pegman shares.

The Clubhouse, a place that is open exclusively to ArtClub members, sponsors, venue managers, media and artists, is a place to refresh and revitalize as they make their way throughout the event. Offering a complimentary coffee bar, light bites to eat and space to relax, the Clubhouse is more than just a pit stop.

“This space offers ArtClub members, as well as our participating artists, venue leads and sponsors the chance to make unlikely connections and lasting relationships. We have now built on the success of the Clubhouse and are offering a series of events that happen monthly throughout the year-called ArtPrize on Tap.”  

The clubhouse is located at The Ledyard Building at 125 Ottawa Ave NW.  Membership levels for ArtClub range from the Student/Artist level at $30 to a Household membership at $75. You are able to add some "love" benefits to any membership level, add-ons that make it easy for someone to give some extra support and get more perks.

So far, the reception of these programs has been extremely positive, with over 80 ArtFans and 500 renewing and new ArtClub members already this season. ArtPrize encourages feedback from its membership, learning what they find valuable in these programs and continuing to develop them to best suit the needs and wants of those members.

“Being an ArtClub (or ArtFan) member is certainly about answering a call for community contribution, but I think it’s equally about wanting to get more out of your ArtPrize experience. As a member, you are the first to learn about structural changes, new programs, and have the opportunity to hear stories direct from venue curators, staff and artists about what is in the works for the following season of ArtPrize.”

Visit the ArtPrize website to learn more about the ArtClub and ArtFan membership programs.

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