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UICA Creates Mini-Golf Course For LaughFest

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The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) will feature 19 unique and inventive mini-golf holes created by regional and national artists, from March 5 to 31. This mini-golf course was organized in cooperation with LaughFest, a “festival of comedy, performance, film, and a variety of seriously funny stuff that makes us laugh.” Proceeds raised from the event will support both the programs of UICA and Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. 19 Holes: Artist Designed Mini-Golf is part of a national trend among contemporary art institutions. In 2008, The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis received over 25,000 attendees to their six-month artist designed mini-golf event, called Walker On The Green. There have also been similar events in Salt Lake City, New Jersey, New York and Columbus. This type of event has become so popular among creative institutions that artist designed mini-golf was featured in The Wall Street Journal last week.

Centered around the 19 Holes: Artist Designed Mini-Golf, UICA will offer a free members preview event on March 4, from 6 to 9 PM. The evening will include a putting clinic by Patti Butcher of Blythefield Country Club. Patti was named the 2010 Professional of the Year by the LPGA, in addition to being recognized several times by top golf authorities for excellence in teaching golf. “We’re happy to offer our members the experience of playing for free. We hope it encourages repeat visits over the course of the month. It’s a great way to have fun while supporting both UICA and Gilda's Club,” stated Jeff Meeuwsen, Executive Director of UICA. In addition, UICA will host a Family Fun Day on March 19 from 12 to 4 PM. Families will play a round of mini-golf and then design a hole of their own in a free hands-on workshop. Participants will construct their mini-hole from an assortment of wacky and wonderful materials provided.

Mini-Golf Admission Prices:                                        

Non-Members – $8                                   

UICA Members – $6                                                            

Children 12 & Under – $5                                      

Children Under 4 – Free

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