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ArtPrize awards celebration planned for Rosa Parks Circle

The celebration of the final winners at Rosa Parks Circle, open to the public, will include performances by Troll for Trout and Domestic Problems.
Crowds gather at Rosa Parks Circle for the 2013 awards celebration

Crowds gather at Rosa Parks Circle for the 2013 awards celebration /Courtesy of ArtPrize 2013

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This year's Awards Ceremony for ArtPrize will be at the Civic Theatre, a smaller venue than past years. Because of limited seating going to artists, venues and others involved in the event, another celebration, open to everyone, is planned at Rosa Parks Circle. The celebration includes a pre-party, big-screen broadcast, and after party that will feature Troll for Trout and Domestic Problems, as well as a visit at 10 p.m. from winning artists.

"People can watch it on TV, but the energy down at Rosa Parks Circle, the community-wide street party celebrating together the end of the event, celebrating the winner that their votes chose to win $200,000, and the processional of hundreds of voices coming down Monroe Center will make it an evening to remember," says Jaenell Ott, Public Relations Manager.

Opening band Troll for Trout, a Grand Rapids-based folk rock band, opens up the event with a pre-show starting at 5 p.m.

High-energy Domestic Problems will be performing two sets- one before the awards ceremony, starting at 7, and a second set following the awards ceremony, from 9:30-11:10 p.m.

Between the two performances by Domestic Problems, WOODTV 8 will be broadcasting the awards ceremony live on a giant screen on-stage, as well as on their television station for viewers at home.

But there's more to the event than just bands and a live screening.

Along with the music and processional, many of Grand Rapids' food trucks will be available, and a Founders beer tent will be serving up Mosaic Promise and other popular brews. 

"What makes the community celebration so great is that this is the first year that WOOD and ArtPrize have collaborated on an after-party. I love that everyone from our highest stakeholders in ArtPrize, to the biggest fans of the event, to the loved ones of artists, as well as people who just happen to stop by to check things out will all be on one location," says Noddea Skidmore, Event Producer for ArtPrize. "I think it's going to feel like a New Years Eve celebration in the fall!"

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