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The Steve Volkers Group Weekend Guide to ArtPrize!

It’s that time of the year again! Art Prize, the international art competition located right here in downtown Grand Rapids, began on September 20th , and runs through October 8th! While exhilarating, the task of navigating through large crowds to view countless art venues can be a tad overwhelming, so we’ve created an easy weekend guide for everything you need to know to make your experience fun and stress-free! (Click here to see the venue map)  You can Click here to see the 182 venues participating this year!

*Voting has never been easier at ArtPrize. Simply open up the ArtPrize mobile app while you’re here, sign in, and cast a vote. Once you’ve voted at ArtPrize, you can vote from anywhere in the world. The app allows you to create lists of specific pieces you’d like to see and then share them with your friends and family. You can even map out your own routes! Whether you are looking for a family-friendly day or you plan on stopping by breweries along the way, you can find different guides HERE for each. 


If you are like us, you are probably working today! Why not make ArtPrize a date night tonight?


Head on over to the ArtPrize studio and check out the Art of Founders Brewing Co! It is a great way to start your evening, especially on this HOT day!

*If you are feeling a little overwhelmed with all of the sites to see, grab a ticket and join an ArtPrize tour!

Hangout and relax at the JW Marriott! We were there on opening day, and there is SO much to see, especially from the Jdek! You do not want to miss “Starfall” where the viewer speaks into a microphone, and colorful laser beams modulate and dance from the tops of buildings down onto the river. 

If you are looking to get your groove on, check out Vizions Dance Performance tonight from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Rumsey Street venue!



Head on over to ArtPrize Saturday morning to be a part of “Color West Michigan ArtPrize Rock Hunt!” It lasts all day, and is a great activity for families.

Immerse yourself into a community discussion by joining in on “VOICES: a community history project!” Starts at 10:00 AM.

THIS ONE IS FOR THE KIDS: HULA HOOP SPLATTER PAINT! 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. Location: GR Children’s Museum

Hop on the GR Beer Trolly from 2:00-4:00 PM or 6:00-8:00 PM for a tour of ArtPrize. See details HERE!

If you are looking to meet some of the artists, head on over to the JW Marriott from 3:00-5:00 PM for a Meet&Greet.

If you miss it Friday night, another viewing of “Starfall” happens from 9:00-11:30 PM at the JW Marriott!

End your day with a screening of “The New Radical” @ 10:00 PM- see details HERE.


All age event: Schools and visitors of all ages are invited to drop by our unique learning lab experience in the STEAM Village located at HUB/HQ. (Starts @ 11:00 AM)

Unleash your creative spirit, stop by the ArtPrize Labs Studio @ Rosa Parks for creative activities that are fun for all ages. (Starts @ 12:00 PM)

Meet Nicole Hondros! She will be at the JW until 5:00 PM!

Take a short break from the ArtPrize adventures and stop by our Open House from 1:00-3:00 PM at 7th Street Lofts!

If you didn’t get a chance to hop on the GR Beer Trolly Saturday, you can do it on Sunday as well! 2:00-4:00 PM OR 6:00-8:00 PM!

Are you considering living Downtown? Do you crave the urban lifestyle and walkability perks?

We hope this guide helps you out with all of your weekend endeavors. There is always something happening Downtown. The demand for downtown living continues to increase, business owners are starting to cater to the growing needs. Grand Rapids is becoming a hot spot! People are becoming drawn to the urban lifestyle, and we know how to accommodate them! Whether it’s a contemporary lifestyle in the heart of downtown’s entertainment district that you crave, or a quieter condo just on the outskirts of town, Steve Volkers Group is the real estate team to get you into the Grand Rapids condo of your dreams. Steve has specialized in the Grand Rapids Downtown Condo market his entire career and has listed everything from luxury penthouse units to starter studios in buildings all over Downtown Grand Rapids including Boardwalk, The Fitzgerald, Hillmount, Riverhouse and more. When you’re ready to make downtown Grand Rapids your home sweet home, call us at 616-284-1528  to find out which condo best suits your lifestyle! 

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