This assignment called for using the video editing software Final Cut Pro. We learned how to import files, manipulate and rearrange them into a full video. Adding filters and transitions help the video flow, although this was my first time using the software and hopefully my skills will improve for future projects. The first task was creating a storyboard planning out the film. Then for the video, we needed to go out and shoot footage to fit the blog’s theme. Mine being entertainment/pop culture/art, ArtPrize was the perfect fit.

“ArtPrize is a radically open international art competition decided by public vote and expert jury that takes place each fall in Grand Rapids and it’s all free and open to the public” (Retrieved from ArtPrize homepage).

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The video highlights some benefits of the event. One mentioned is the family friendly aspect and visitors come of all ages. There are plenty of interactive items for kids and various forms of art to appeal to everyone. Different pieces of artwork scatter all around Grand Rapids and sometimes the artist is present, explaining their work to you. On the art piece, you will find a code to vote for it. You can vote online, by texting the code or through the app.

Before heading downtown, I downloaded the ArtPrize app. Overwhelmed with the huge list of venue locations, the app helped plan out my journey. Lists within the app show how many entries are at each venue, from there I picked venues containing the most art. The main places I hit were the Blue Bridge, Rosa Parks Circle, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Van Andel Arena and the B.O.B.

ArtPrize is definitely a way to help boost tourism in downtown Grand Rapids. Artists get the ability to share their art with the community and need your help to vote for their hard work! ArtPrize is a fun outing whether it’s with family, friends, or your significant other. Head out and see what it’s all about!

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