The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan says a Republican candidate for Congress has discriminated against a troupe of drag performers with Down syndrome.

The civil rights group filed a complaint Thursday with the Michigan Civil Rights Department against Peter Meijer, one of several GOP candidates running to replace the newly declared independent Rep. Justin Amash. Meijer denied access to the U.K.-based Drag Syndrome for a performance in a Grand Rapids building he owns during a project affiliated with the international ArtPrize competition.

Consumers Energy

Sep 6, 2019
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Consumers Energy

 Consumers Energy is involved in Project 1 by Artprize, Saturday announcing the winners of the 7th annual SmartART, Students Making Arts with a Renewable Theme contest. Lauren Youngdahl Snyder with the details.

  Project 1 by Art Prize presents a Disability Drag Show Encore Performance Saturday and Sunday evenings, this Innovative Disability Arts and culture organization to discuss the themes and show specifics.

 Local actress Sophie Bolen returns to TMS with her latest talents on the big screen.  We talk about the celebration of the premiere of A Parent’s Worst Nightmare. The Michigan based film will screen for one night only on September 13, red carpet style. We talk details with Sophie.

GR Ballet

Sep 6, 2019
Grand Rapids Ballet

 Entertainment will happen tomorrow on opening day, as part of the celebration at Rosa Parks Circle. We talk to Artistic Director, GR Ballet James Sofranko and Melecia Estrella, Associate AD with Bandaloop.

Project 1

Sep 6, 2019

  Project 1 Leaders kick the Morning off strong, Derek Call and Kevin Buist discuss this newest adventure by Artprize, "Crossed Lines" including 5 commissioned artists, creating multifaceted installations, urban interventions and community oriented projects. 

Amanda Browder

Sep 6, 2019

 Artist Amanda Browder shares her art, creating large-scale, vibrant fabric installations — turning building exteriors and other public sites into multi-colored sculptures. We talk about her process and where to find in GR.

All Art Works

Sep 4, 2019

 All Art Works announces its 8th exhibition during Project 1 by Artprize. Chris Protas and and guests talk about this new online art selling platform, including a curated selection of local and national artists.

Project 1

Aug 26, 2019

 Right around the corner, Project1 by ArtPrize. Kicking of September 7th, today Kevin Buist, Artstic Director. We get the broad overview.


Beauty Beyond Drag

Aug 22, 2019

 Guests from DisArt join in to talk about their involvement in Project 1 by ArtPrize, Beauty Beyond Drag. We talk to Christopher Smit, Bradley Haas and Dawn Jenkins.

Art Prize 10 kicks is now underway in Grand Rapids and one of the venues wants to make sure you know about it.  The Gerald R. Ford Airport is once again serving as a venue.  Officials say it's their second year and they’ve doubled the number of exhibits they’re hosting.  One exhibit in particular is already garnering buzz. It includes the man the airport is named after.

“We’re already hearing buzz from people who might be picking someone up, traveling out and they’re walking around and sort of mesmerized by all the art.”

SNN: SmartArt Top 10

Jun 12, 2018
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School News Network

A $1,000 college scholarship from Consumers Energy will go to the top winner of this year’s SmartArt competition, a contest that stands for Students Making Art with a Renewable Theme. 

Watercolor wind turbines and pastel solar panels are some of the images and mediums used to create works of art with a renewal energy theme. They’re among the top ten finalists chosen in the sixth annual SmartArt competition. It’s a collaboration between Grand Rapids Public Schools, ArtPrize and Consumers Energy.

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The winners of this year's international ArtPrize competition are being announced during an event in western Michigan.

In all, $500,000 in cash prizes will be awarded as part of ArtPrize Nine - including $200,000 for the public favorite and $200,000 for a winner picked by an expert jury.

An awards event takes place Friday night in Grand Rapids before ArtPrize wraps up on Sunday.

The first round of voting narrowed entries down to 20 chosen by the public and 20 by the jury. The second round of voting ran through this week.

During WGVU’s LZ Michigan ceremonies at Fifth Third Ballpark, a portrait honoring a Zeeland area fallen hero was presented to the Gold Star family of Marine Gunnery Sergeant Daniel Price who lost his life during a 2012 mission in Afghanistan. WGVU talks with the artist about his experience.

“ArtPrize is an incredible thing. I love what all the local artists do and beyond and it’s proud.”


ArtPrize 9 starts this week and cultured.GR's Holly Bechiri joins us this morning to discuss art and more.