ArtPrize is the radically open competition in Grand Rapids that any artist in the world who can find space can vote in, anyone in Grand Rapids who wants to create a venue, and open to a vote from anyone who attends.
ArtPrize 2012 will take place Sept. 19 – Oct. 7, 2012. This year the organizers are making a few tweaks. Most noteworthy is a new commitment to juried awards, led by a $100,000 Juried Grand Prize. There will also be $20,000 awards in each of the Two-Dimensional, Three-Dimensional, Time and Performance, Urban Space and Venue categories.
A recent study by Experience Grand Rapids, the Grand Rapids region’s convention and visitors bureau found that ArtPrize participants had a huge economic impact in 2011:
The study, conducted by the Anderson Economic Group, reveals that the 2011 ArtPrize event added $15.4 million to the Grand Rapids/Kent County economy, attracted more than 320,000 visitors and created more than 200 new jobs during its 19 days.
From Scott Watkins, with AEG:
“The study provides a comprehensive assessment of event attendance, visitor spending, local spending by the ArtPrize organization, and the economic impacts that accrue beyond the initial expenditures of visitors and the host organization. It also accounts for economic substitution. The analysis illustrates the new economic activity attributable to ArtPrize and does not double count spending in the area that would have otherwise occurred if the event was not held.”
Click to read the full report and watch ArtPrize 2011 – The Music Video.