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Spring has finally sprung, and with the warmer weather comes news of a whole host of ArtPrize grants -- further supporting the many visionaries that make ArtPrize a success each year. In addition to a half a million dollars in awards, participants also have the opportunity to apply for $220,000 in support grants, intended to encourage further possibilities for surprising, challenging and ambitious work at the 2015 event. Scroll down for more information on how you may be able to take advantage of these new initiatives.

While we're busy working out the details of our 19-day event, we're incredibly fortunate to have such a vibrant arts community here in West Michigan that produces incredible exhibitions and events year-round. In this monthly newsletter, we'll not only keep you up to date on what's happening in the world of ArtPrize, but also what our community partners are up to.
March Happenings
We're thrilled to continue our City Park Curators program during ArtPrize 2015! Do you have a vision for one of Grand Rapids' many downtown green spaces? Get details on how ArtPrize may be able to help make that vision a reality. Hurry! Applications are due by April 6.
In March, we also announced a new series of Venue Grants -- and every ArtPrize 2015 venue is encouraged to apply. Grants range from $500 to $5,000 each. Venues can complete the simple online application form here. Hurry! Applications are due by April 6.
ArtPrize has been honored to work with exceptional interns over the course of its existence. Iryna Bilan is one such person, traveling from Ukraine to work on a number of community engagement initiatives at last year's event. Here Bilan shares some details of her ArtPrize journey with us.
ArtPrize took a trip to Texas' annual SXSW festival this year -- taking residence at the Creative Many Michigan House and recording songs by 17 bands, which will be entered into ArtPrize 2015. Get details and catch a visual recap of the Michigan House festivities here.
The UICA's new Power Objects exhibit is comprised of a challenging array of objects at once millennial and ancient. It is a time capsule of current times that just might make you question our legacy. Check out the exhibit on the 4th floor of the UICA through May 15.
April Events
First Fridays @ Avenue for the Arts. On April 3, head down to the Avenue (S. Division between Fulton and Wealthy) to check out some great art and support local businesses and makers.
We're partnering with Celebration! Cinema (Woodland) to host a special screening of Wild Tales on Thursday, April 9. Join us for a pre-reception with complementary refreshments at 6:30 and for the film screening at 7:30pm. Watch the trailer. Tickets are $6 for ArtClub members (check your email for a coupon) and $8 for general admission -- and must be purchased in-person at the Celebration! Cinema Woodland box office.
DisArt Festival is a multi-venue Disability Arts Festival in its inaugural year, taking place from April 10 to 25 in Grand Rapids. DisArt Festival 2015 will challenge its audiences to reconsider the importance of community, identity, and difference.
ArtPrize on Tap @ Founders Brewing. On April 15, join us for ArtPrize on Tap -- a monthly gathering of ArtClub Members and friends of ArtPrize, to connect year-round and stay on the ArtPrize inside track with exclusive presentations from ArtPrize experts, curators, venues and staff. All enjoyed with great food and beer from our favorite, Founders.
21Tuesdays @ Kendall College of Art & Design. Every Tuesday, KCAD offers free exclusive weekly screenings from the ART21 series, 'Art in the Twenty-First Century,' followed by open and accessible discussions about the creation and consumption of contemporary art.
Join us at our Premiere Event on April 23, where we'll reveal the 2015 poster design as well as the individuals that will serve as critics and jurors for the seventh annual competition. Doors open at 7:00p. We'll be sending additional information soon.
Girlhood is showing through April 9 at the UICA. This critically acclaimed coming of age tale from French director Céline Sciamma is a must-see this month.
Venue Registration for ArtPrize 2015 closes on April 9! If you or someone you know has a space within the ArtPrize district, we invite you to sign up to host art work and visitors from around the world for 19 days this fall.
Art.Downtown. will be open April 10 from 6:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m. This community extravaganza is Avenue for the Arts' largest annual event, showcasing the work of hundreds of local, regional and international artists and musicians in a myriad of downtown venues. 
Arthur Miller's classic Death of a Salesman opens at Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids on April 16. Get tickets for this rendition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play starting April 6
Artist Registration for ArtPrize 2015 opens on April 20! Anyone over 18, working in any medium, from any place on earth can enter ArtPrize as an artist to compete in the world's largest art competition. Registration runs through June 4.
Check out the Events Calendar for more ArtPrize and community events.
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