Sun, Sep 23: Depart Indianapolis for Grand Rapids, Michigan with a stop in Holland, Michigan for lunch. To start your art-oriented trip, visit the Meyer May House, a Frank Lloyd Wright home, which has been meticulously restored complete with original furnishings. Take a tour of Grand Rapids with a local guide to see several of the ArtPrize locations which will help familiarize you with the event. Check in to your hotel, which is located in the heart of Grand Rapids, steps away from all ArtPrize has to offer. Tonight, enjoy a group dinner. (Meal: Dinner)
Mon, Sep 24: Start your morning with a guided tour of the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), whose vision is leading and inspiring West Michigan to be the most creative and imaginative community in the world. This afternoon, enjoy lunch and a tour at the Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Spend time taking in the ArtPrize submissions, along with a tram ride to the must-see exhibits including the acclaimed Orchid Wall and Rodin’s The Kiss. The remainder of the evening is yours – stroll along the riverfront, sip cocktails at the hotel’s rooftop bar, or participate in ArtPrize events around the city. (B,L)
Tue, Sep 25: Take the morning to experience the ArtPrize exhibits on your own. Wander through participating coffee shops, cafes, or stores within walking distance of the hotel. Visit the newly renovated Gerald Ford Museum and experience highlights from President and Mrs. Ford's lives, eavesdrop on an eventful day in the Oval Office, and be transported back to the 1970’s through this interactive museum. Depart for Indianapolis, arriving home in the evening. (B)
Homewood Suites, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Located in downtown Grand Rapids, the hotel offers an array of on-site amenities and is within walking distance to the ArtPrize event hub and restaurant district. Built in 1898, the building was originally used as a furniture showcase and has recently been renovated into an all-suite hotel. Highlights: bedroom suites are spacious and offer a kitchen • complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access • restaurant • lounge • roof-top bar • indoor swimming pool • fitness.