Cedar Springs High School Advanced Art students and teacher Ms. Swift had the opportunity to explore and discover art in downtown Grand Rapids during the 9th annual ArtPrize competition. We researched and studied many of the artist and entries before hand, but seeing them in person was a much different and more powerful experience. There were a lot of big entries this year leading us in some great dialogue about what it takes to “win” Art Prize as well as what the students consider to be quality art. We discussed personal connections that we had to certain artworks and practiced being respectful as our fellow artists all had a wide range of opinions. I am so grateful to have been able to visit this unique art contest with my high school artists. I am excited to see how this memorable and inspiring experience influences their own artwork this year.