Having traveled enough to see some world-famous art, but myself not a critic, I’ll stay out of the ArtPrize debate.
I do think I have some authority to speak to one of it’s finest gifts–making art and artists accessible to children. Come with me. See ArtPrize from the eyes of a child.
Two different weekends, two different groups of kids. First, you’ll see Kate and Andy’s two darling daughters. Keep in mind that they’ve already been exposed to art and adventure (their mom is an artist and their family experiences a full life). Next, you’ll see the kids I mentor from Burton Elementary (a Grand Rapids Public School). Although they live 10 minutes away, they’re seldom outside a two block radius (they asked me if there were sharks when they saw the Grand River…).