ArtPrize, Flockx partner for community engagement through art

GRAND RAPIDS–ArtPrize, the global art competition held annually in Grand Rapids, announced a partnership with Flockx, Grand Rapids-based developers of a mobile application and social platform that allows individuals, local businesses, and brands to discover and engage with their communities in real time.

ArtPrize, scheduled to take place Sept. 13-28, is among the largest annual art competitions in the United States, with over 1.4 million people attending yearly. By partnering with Flockx, ArtPrize aims to provide visitors with a more immersive and accessible art experience, ensuring that everyone, regardless of background or expertise, can participate in the excitement of exploring and voting for their favorite art installations.

“ArtPrize is excited about the partnership with Flockx, which will offer visitors a more engaging and inclusive art experience, enabling everyone to join in the thrill of discovering art and to participate in the voting process,” said Catlin Whitington, ArtPrize executive director.

As the official application for bringing together the art community and for enabling visitors to vote for entries during ArtPrize, Flockx delivers a map of the art community powered by AI technology. Artists can use Flockx’s AI Sidekicks to discover people interested in their work, and community members can use it to discover their passions and engage the community. These new capabilities enable users to navigate the art scene of Grand Rapids and enhance their ArtPrize experience, through personalized recommendations, real-time event updates, mapping, and AI support.

“Flockx is on a mission to connect individuals, their friends, and their AI Sidekicks to the communities they are passionate about, to find other flocks organically at hangout spots and third places,” said Devon Bleibtrey, CEO of Flockx. “The combination of our map interface showing community activity and user’s AI Sidekicks provides users with the tools to achieve this. The partnership with ArtPrize is an exciting opportunity to make an impact on the entire community and the City of Grand Rapids.”

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