• Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

    Exploring ArtPrize Nine displays.

  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

    John Markham, Advance 360.

  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

    Kathy Burress, White Lake CVB.

  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

    Jack Johnson, Destinations International, and Linda Hoath, Sault Ste. Marie CVB.

  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

    Amy VanLoon, White Lake CVB.

  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

    Visiting ArtPrize exhibits.

  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

    Guest auctioneer Tim Hygh, Mackinac Island CVB.

  • Event Snapshot: MACVB Explores ArtPrize During Annual Conference

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

    Jennifer Cronkhite, Experience Jackson, at ArtPrize. 

More than 55 CEOs and professional staff members of the Michigan Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus enjoyed the inspiring sights of Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize Nine during the group’s 24th annual educational conference in September.

The two-and-a-half day event, at the DoubleTree Hotel 28th Street Airport in Grand Rapids, was packed with professional content directed to destination marketing teams. It featured eight speakers and 15 vendor displays. 

The group also enjoyed two evenings exploring Grand Rapids during the peak of ArtPrize, an open, independently organized international art competition that takes place for 19 days each fall. MLive Media Group hosted a Sunday dinner at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. A tram ride of the gardens and tour of the gallery preceded dinner.

Attendees enjoyed a strolling dinner at the Grand Rapids Art Museum on Monday hosted by Experience Grand Rapids. Doug Small (CEO of Experience Grand Rapids) and Christian Gaines (executive director of ArtPrize) made short presentations. After dinner, several groups of docents from Experience Grand Rapids led the MACVB guests through ArtPrize at numerous venues throughout downtown.

The 2018 conference will be at the Four Points Sheraton in Kalamazoo.

Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) suppliers, members and friends started their day on Nov. 17 at the Marriott East Lansing at University Place for the Association Choice Awards Celebration (see page 56) networking brunch. Sixty-eight supplier partners that make a difference in the association community were nominated in 23 categories. Online voting by only MSAE members whittled the finalists in each category down to the winners. 

 

Industry professionals share news, lessons learned and more since receiving their awards. 

 

From philanthropy workshops to glow-in-the-dark yoga, planners are moving to more meaningful ways to interact.