The major artistic event in Grand Rapids, Art Prize did not happen in 2020 due to the pandemic. This year, the organizers of the Festival of The Arts in Grand Rapids said the celebration of all things art will happen, but in a different way. They have decided they are going to hold ‘Plein air’ (french for Outdoor) on the traditional festival weekend in downtown Grand Rapids June 4-6. This provides the opportunity for people to have a chance to see live art and music in the city’s designated social zones, yet still maintain social distancing.
WOOD TV reports There will also be a fall festival at Calder Plaza and the Artisan village, which includes a live performance stage. This will happen September 17 through the 19, which is the first weekend of this years Art Prize.Festival organizers will continue to work with the city and Kent County Health Department through the summer months. They hope that postponing the larger event until the fall will make it look and feel more like the Festival of the Arts that Grand Rapids has celebrated for more than 50 years.

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Slowly life is moving towards normal when it comes to events, as opposed to the past year where everything just stopped. Outdoor events are good and safer than indoors, and we hope to see a lot more of them in the coming months. Grand Rapids is always a fun visit and barley an hour drive from mid-Michigan.

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