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ArtPrize begins: Outside art for safety, and restaurants brace for high demand

Posted at 6:17 AM, Sep 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-17 12:47:33-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — FOX 17 Morning News kicked off FOX 17's coverage of the first ArtPrize since 2018!

On Thursday morning Ruta Ulcinate and Savannah Fish previewed what's ahead for ArtPrize.

Organizers really adapted to the changing times and more and more art displays are outside this year spread throughout downtown Grand Rapids. It's also very interactive this year all through the use of QR codes on your smart phone. You can use it to vote for your favorite pieces and purchase some of the unique pieces that are for sale.

Carpooling might be a good option for many considering the high volume foot traffic expected throughout the three week event. We also have some tips for parking in the video clip attached to this story.

There's also COVID-19 safety guidelines in place as well. All patrons entering DeVos Place must wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. The venue has 40 art displays to enjoy inside and outside the venue this year.

We also talked to Sundance Bar and Grill who is one of many downtown establishments bracing for the impact of ArtPrize. They say to expect long waits to get a table during ArtPrize. You're able to reserve a seat and they'll notify you via your smart phone.

Savannah Fish also headed over to the Grand Rapids Art Museum to check out an Artprize piece that showcases those with disabilities in West Michigan. She talked to GRAM organizers and the DisArt organization.

For more about ArtPrize click here.