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Michigan Blood Bus on Exhibit at ArtPrize

No needles, just free cookies when you tour the bus and learn fun facts like the oldest blood type and personality traits tied to blood type … plus visitors to help create artwork for t-shirt design.


One of Michigan Blood’s buses will be on exhibit at ArtPrize on Saturday,
September 21, 2013 in Rosa Parks Circle on Monroe Mall in downtown Grand
Rapids from 12-8 pm. 
But there won’t be any needles involved – just plenty of complimentary cookies and visitors will be encouraged to tour the bus, learn
some little known facts about donating blood, and then help design a soon-to-be-released donor thank you t-shirt.  Current Michigan Blood donors also are encouraged to stop by the bus and pick up a special thank you gift.  The first 100 donors also will receive a commemorative ArtPrize program guide. 

Michigan Blood volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and assist visitors with designing the t-shirt.  There also will be fun, interactive exhibits that:

  • Explain the anthropology ad evolution of blood types
  • The non-scientific connection of blood types to personality types
  • The blood donation process 
  • How blood components (red cells, plasma and platelets) are used to save lives in 40+ Michigan hospitals

Representatives also will share information on Michigan Blood’s affiliation with the National Marrow Donor Program’s Be the Match® Registry, public cord blood bank (one of only 20 in the United States),and volunteer services openings. 

Visitors who opt to turn in their fun fact quizzes will be entered to win a drawing for multiple Meijer gift cards.

Any visitor who decides to become a lifesaving Michigan Blood donor can sign up to get the complimentary t-shirt designed at ArtPrize.  Visitors have the option to turn in their card for the shirt when they attempt to donate at a fixed or mobile site throughout Michigan during ArtPrize (runs through October 6, 2013). 


ArtPrize began in 2009 and this year, Time magazine named ArtPrize on its worldwide list of “Five Festive Events You Won’t Want to Miss in 2013.” http://www.mlive.com/artprize/index.ssf/2013/01/time_magazine_names_artprize_one_of_its_five_favorite_festivals_worldwide_for_2013.html


ArtPrize 2013 (September 18-October 6) is listed alongside an event in Indonesia, one in New Zealand and two in Europe. ArtPrize® is a radically open, independently organized international art competition with an unprecedented $200,000 top prize decided entirely by public vote.

For 19 days, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, become an open playing field where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about what is art and why it matters. Art from around the world pops up in every inch of downtown, and it’s all free and open to the public.