• Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    POSTED February 5, 2018
     
  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    POSTED February 5, 2018
     
  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    POSTED February 5, 2018
     
  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    POSTED February 5, 2018
     
  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    POSTED February 5, 2018
     
  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    POSTED February 5, 2018
     
  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    POSTED February 5, 2018
     
  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    POSTED February 5, 2018
     

More than 55 CEOs and professional staff members of the Michigan Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus enjoyed the inspiring sights of Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize Nine during the group’s 24th annual educational conference in September.

The two-and-a-half day event, at the DoubleTree Hotel 28th Street Airport in Grand Rapids, was packed with professional content directed to destination marketing teams. It featured eight speakers and 15 vendor displays. 

The group also enjoyed two evenings exploring Grand Rapids during the peak of ArtPrize, an open, independently organized international art competition that takes place for 19 days each fall. MLive Media Group hosted a Sunday dinner at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. A tram ride of the gardens and tour of the gallery preceded dinner.

Attendees enjoyed a strolling dinner at the Grand Rapids Art Museum on Monday hosted by Experience Grand Rapids. Doug Small (CEO of Experience Grand Rapids) and Christian Gaines (executive director of ArtPrize) made short presentations. After dinner, several groups of docents from Experience Grand Rapids led the MACVB guests through ArtPrize at numerous venues throughout downtown.

The 2018 conference will be at the Four Points Sheraton in Kalamazoo.

For its September 2019 meeting, the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) Philadelphia Chapter—which serves industry professionals in the Greater Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware region—thought it would try something different. Instead of focusing on the visual presentation of food, organizers took away the sense of sight entirely, outfitting diners with a blindfold at dinner.
 

 

Lansing isn't just the capital of Michigan, but it’s also the central hub for the entire state—literally; it’s located within 90 minutes of 90 percent of the state’s population, making it both eventful and accessible for groups located throughout the state.