September 20, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Last Thursday, Renee at Mommaste, and writer for the Simple Moms launched a new series called "Thankful Heart Thursday".  I love the idea of slowing down and just being thankful for what I have.  I need {and want} to do more of this everyday, so this is a great way to express what I'm thankful for.

This week, I am thankful for the City where we live.  {Grand Rapids, Mi...in case you aren't sure where I'm referring to!}  Being a transplant to this city 14 years ago, I have come to appreciate all the things that West Michigan has to offer.  Not that Metro Detroit doesn't have a million great things, the culture and feeling is just...different.

 I love this town for so many reasons, but this time of year, I am very thankful for the art and culture that saturates this entire area of Michigan.  I'm talking about ArtPrize.  
{Today Show Soundbite from 2010}
What is ArtPrize?  It's a huge, city wide Art Exhibit and contest where anyone can create and showcase their art. (my description) The best part is the winner is chosen by the public, and is awarded $200,000!  However, for those of us who live here, we get to enjoy about 2 weeks of events, displays, and all around excitement pretty much everywhere.  To read more, click here.  

Last night, we decided to brave the crowds and head downtown.  It was amazing!  We only saw a sliver of what was down there, but it was totally worth it.  Can't wait to get out and see more!
I'll let the rest of the photos speak for themselves...
 
 

watch video clip below to see how this exhibit works...

2 comments:

Renee Spica said...

I'm so glad you're linking up and doing your own Thankful Thursday post each week, Sara! I LOVE reading them! How cool that you've been downtown to see Art Prize already. That's def on our list for this weekend. We usually make a few trips down there each fall actually :) So much talent and so much to see! We are really lucky to live in such a cool city!! Thanks again for sharing! :)

~Nee

Renee Kohley said...

Love the pictures! This will be my first year away from GR for ArtPrize - not that we moved that far away - but we are going to have to actually make time and a point to get down there this time. I always loved the "feel" of GR and the pride that went along with knowing I lived in that city :) I'm loving living lakeside now but I really miss the fun things that the city of GR had to offer, all the great restaurants, and fun places to go :) Thanks for the reminder of it starting so I can get a babysitter lined up!