$50k in ‘Equity Grants’ increases ArtPrize’s diverse outreach for global artists

Story by Zach Avery, News Editor

Photo courtesy of ArtPrize

“Nessie on the Grand” — Photo Courtesy of ArtPrize

ArtPrize is returning in 2021, and this iconic Grand Rapids tradition is entering its 11th year with a mission to become more inclusive than ever before. While the nonprofit has appreciated the millions of past artist participation that follows their mission statement to produce “open citywide contemporary art experiences that encourage critical discourse,” there is always room for an effort to be made for increased diversity in engagement. For that reason, ArtPrize will be opening up its application period with a companion opportunity for artists to receive between $1,000 and $5,000 out of a massive $50,000 fund for “Equity Grants.”

These Equity Grants are provided for artists to help with fabrication, shipping, travel, and other considerations necessary to support their participation in ArtPrize. While any registered artist may apply, ArtPrize’s team and board members will survey applicants for those who focus on diverse, innovative, challenging, and engaging themes. 

There are several grants available for ArtPrize contenders, including the $50,000 pool of “Project Grants” that are designated towards pieces that require extensive and ambitious outdoor work.

“Art is essential,” said Jaenell Woods, head of communications at ArtPrize. “Artists encourage critical discourse, challenge us to step outside of our comfort zones, inspire generations of artists and art lovers, promote cultural understanding, and so much more.”

The application period for ArtPrize begins on April 19, and it closes on June 10. The registration fee is also $50 for individuals and $100 for collaborations. If you or someone you know is interested in contributing to one of Grand Rapids’ most unique and celebrated traditions, this is the year to compete!

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