Scott VanderLeek is a member of ArtPrize's Board of Directors.
From the moment I heard the vision for ArtPrize, I knew it was a Game, or more appropriately, a Community Changer, and something I wanted to be a part of.
My wife Melissa and I have 3 kids, ages 15, 10, and 7. So, based on nearly 10 years of ArtPrize, our kids basically do not know a Grand Rapids without ArtPrize. We have watched the community shape itself around the event, art, and creativity which has expanded to the curriculum in their schools, and even the dialogue in our house.
Each year, we look forward to the opportunity to spend time at ArtPrize, discuss our favorite entries, ask some challenging questions, and grow our understanding of the art world and the cultural, economic, and social impact art and artists can have on a community as a whole.
I consider myself fortunate to serve as a member of the ArtPrize Board of Directors, and support the excellent work of our team, the artists, the venues, and the community at large. ArtPrize is a driver of growth for Grand Rapids.