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ArtPrize opening celebration will feature food, fireworks and fun

The celebration will be held on Sept. 14 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The ArtPrize opening celebration will be held at Ah-Nab-Awen Park this Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

The free celebration will feature games, food trucks, fireworks and art installations for the community to enjoy. 

There will also be a performance by the band Squonk of their brand-new show, "Brouhaha." 

Based in Pittsburgh, Squonk is a group of about 10 to 20 artists and musicians led by Jackie Dempsey and Steve O’Hearn. Their music is made up of a variety of instruments including classic guitars, accordion, bagpipes, brass instruments and more.

The band has performed on Broadway, off-Broadway and around the world. 

Oftentimes their performances include audience participation. A fan-favorite instrument Squonk uses is the Squonkcordion, a huge accordion topped with tuba bells the audience is invited to play. 

For a look at what ArtPrize events come next, click here

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The international community art competition and celebration kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 14 and runs through Oct. 1. 

This year, the public vote grand prize is set at $125,000. The five juried category winners claim $100,000, second place gets $50,000 and third and honorable mentions will get $25,000. Awards up to $20,000 will be granted to 51 artists based on scores in specific categories, as well. 

Since the very first event in 2009, ArtPrize has awarded more than $6 million through public votes, juried awards and grants. ArtPrize annually awarded $450,000 directly to artists.

You can stay up to date on their website here

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