By Francesca Tysse – Collegiate Staff
WGVU Public Media has partnered with several other community organizations to host a Community Arts Celebration to kickoff ArtPrize 6 p.m. tonight in Rosa Parks circle.
The event will consist of acts including Grand Valley State University Laker Marching Band, GVSU Dance Company, a local musical performance by The Reely Keely Group and a Bob Ross Look-Alike Contest hosted by the PBS Arts Fall Festival.
“The event focuses (on) and is about the community expressing themselves as individuals while celebrating the arts,” said Timothy Eernisse, WGVU marketing manager.
Following their performance at Rosa Parks Circle, the Lakers will lead the participants in the WGVU/PBS Nerd Walk through downtown and across the Blue Bridge to the L.V. Eberhard Center on GVSU’s Pew Campus where the band will perform again.
According to Eernisse, the second annual WGVU/PBS Nerd Walk “encourages all to express and embrace their inner nerd.”
Everyone is welcome to join the free event to celebrate their uniqueness and “nerdiness,” by sporting capes, wands, glasses, suspenders, among other things while taking to the streets of downtown Grand Rapids with other fellow nerds.
WGVU encourages all participants to remain at Rosa Parks for a speech by Mayor George Heartwell. Then representatives from ArtPrize will take the stage to announce this year’s ArtPrize Education Days. For 19 days 13,000 students and educators will be welcomed from all around Michigan to the downtown area of Grand Rapids to be a part of ArtPrize Education Days. The program is designed to expose children to the arts by helping them think, play and experiment to their full and creative potential.
Ranging from elementary to high school, students of all ages and their teachers are encouraged and invited to take tours to learn about the programs, grants and educational resources offered.
In hopes of making a positive difference in the lives of children and their families, WGVU has extended their sponsorship of ArtPrize Education Days for three more years.
The PBS Bob Ross Look-ALike contest will conclude the event. Friends and family are invited to participate in the free event by registering online at WGVU.org or signing up that same day at the PBS/WGVU tent, located in front of the GRAM.