Winking Girl, House & Ladder, Record Player woodblock 71/2x17 inches
Something exciting and unusual is happening within the cultural community of Grand Rapids that is unprecedented. We believe that we are just now reaching a cultural boiling point when things are becoming possible here that never where before. City As Muse is all about turning up the heat of this movement so that we can realize our greatest potential. We see a city that doesn't just tolerate it's creatives and visionaries but actually celebrates them.
It used to be that a typical date night was dinner and a movie. After five years of ArtPrize along with the assiduous efforts of several other art villages working inside Grand Rapids to make places for artful expressions, a common date now is dinner and looking at art. I remember one day after having a 20 minute in depth conversation with Dan our mail man about what is legitimate art, that it occurred to me what I just experienced was becoming normal in my city and just isn't any where else I know of. Everyone, from all walks of life, want to talk about art. What is it for, what does it mean, how can I get involved?
I want to know what you see changing for the better in our city. I want to know what contribution you want to make towards this city becoming more fully alive in every aspect whether it is a business start up, a new venue or just a crazy idea that won't let you alone. If this city was some kind of big potluck, what dish would you be bringing over the threshold cradled in your arms?