30 Years Ago You Would Not Have Recognized The Place……
The idea of inventing the World’s Largest Art Competition and Exhibition would not have happened without an underlying Spirit. That Spirit was the awakening in the People of Grand Rapids and the result was the Re-Invention and Re-Generation of a City. (Detroit take note.)
It took money. Real money from people who knew that money – when properly seeded and cultivated – would stimulate and reinvigorate a dormant giant. It was not handed out to the homeless in the form of silver coins – it was invested in the infrastructure that brought an estimated $22 million to the area in 2013.*
The Bottom Line? This is not Ferguson, MO where civil unrest, rioting and violent protesting attempt to shape public opinion via the media. These actions become a timid beacon and hollow cry for a higher minimum wage – for racial strife and accusations against authority – a mass hysteria whose basis is solely for increasing economic equality. This system used for ArtPrize has worked and will work when repeated again without political interference.
This is how Capitalism works. It works for Everybody. It works because we as hard-working Americans – Black, White and in Everything In-Between – Strive to Preserve Liberty and Justice and guarantee Equal Opportunity to and for all.
*Link to WOOD TV-8 Story: http://woodtv.com/2014/09/24/economic-impact-of-artprize-not-felt-by-all/