Rewarding Art to Build Better Cities

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You might not expect the grandson of Rich DeVos, the notoriously conservative co-founder of Amway, to start an innovative new art contest. Nevertheless, here he is, Good writes, organizing ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

By the simple nature of the prize's structure, it is accomplishing much more than rewarding local artists: Indeed, it's creating a framework for better civic development.The principles DeVos and his price embrace are "decentralization, openness, participation, and entrepreneurship." Good explains:

Essentially, DeVos provided a platform and a cash prize. Everything else is contributed by others. The artists provide (and install) their art. The city's property owners provide secure exhibition space. Citizens provide the votes to select the winner. Everyone promotes the event.

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