GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The international event known as "ArtPrize" is now underway in Grand Rapids.
Hundreds gathered Wednesday night in downtown, for the "official" opening ceremony.
"It's here, voting is open, as you can see downtown is full of life, we have 1453 works of art across 170 venues, you work all day for this year and when it finally arrives it feels like Christmas," says Todd Herring, creative director for ArtPrize.
A highlight of the evening were the students of Grand Valley State University. The Laker marching band, color guard and dance team all performed.
"I just love this opportunity that we can show off some of our art, with the marching band or dance team just some of the ways we've been supporting ArtPrize over the past eight years," says GVSU President Thomas Haas.
But it's not just fun and games, opening day is also the launch of art education days which will bring more than 19,000 students from across the state to West Michigan to study art.
"The way that we operate as a city during this time is something that I think sets a really distinct example for our kids that stands out," says Herring. "It's so exciting to be a part of."
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