Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Quota’s family who live near the major fire zones in California. The town of Paradise, California, home to QI of Paradise, was destroyed by flames from what is now known as the Camp Fire. We know that multiple numbers of members lost their homes, and we wait to hear about everyone’s welfare. We are hopeful that members in California and beyond who are in touch with our Paradise Quotarians will report news and photographs on our Quota International Facebook page as it is learned.
Meanwhile, the members of nearby QI of Gridley, California, who operate a thrift shop in their town, have opened their doors to fire evacuees so that they may pick up some needed clothing, after having lost their homes and possessions in the fire. California. We have heard that nearby members from nearby QI of Orrville are also helping by opening their homes to fire victims. Quota caring is alive and well in California.
Learn more about the Quota Thrift Shop in Gridley, by searching Quota International of Gridley, on Facebook. All photos are courtesy of Quota International of Gridley.
We want you to experience the energy of ArtPrize –the world’s largest international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“An explosion of creativity” is how the brainchild of ArtPrize originator Rick DeVos describes what began as an experiment in 2009. ArtPrize has transformed our community into a gigantic canvas, inspiring countless conversations,connections, opportunities, life changing events and prize-winning artwork. This year’s ArtPrize hosted over 1400 artists from 41 states and 40 countries sharing over 1200 inspiring – provocative – genius works of art in more than 165 venues throughout the city. Just imagine the limitless possibilities: modern art on the street corner, sculpture and oil paintings that draw attention to world atrocities, recycled products turned into playground toys, glittering mosaics that disguise a building, optical illusions that challenge your perceptions, student groups collaborating on their masterpieces, pencil drawings that imitate photographs, and a thousand more pieces of art that cause creative conversation! Part of the real beauty of ArtPrize is that it is open to anyone on the planet. And, a total of $500,000 is awarded to artists competing in various categories.
When you come to Grand Rapids for Convention 2020, you will be inspired and amazed by the ArtPrize art that has become a permanent part of our city’s landscape.
In the meantime, be inspired by how one person’s vision, motivation, and community support can create a platform that energizes everyone who participates –artists, local venues, volunteers and viewers of art. See how an explosion of creativity transforms a city: www.artprize.org/about/film . This year be inspired by the 2018 grand prize winners. The wife and husband team of Chelsea Nix and Mariano Cortez created “The String Project” – a series of photos taken around the world that portray humanity’s shared connection. www.thestringproject.org Be inspired by what can be accomplished when you attract 500,000 visitors to one cool city!