Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) seeks proposals from qualified vendors to help activate Downtown for the winter season in the following ways:

  • Professional Ice-carving Vendors: Help create custom ice sculptures to display in front of Downtown businesses for our annual Valent-ICE event on the weekend of February 12-14, 2021. Depending on the size, sculptures will be placed on stands or on the ground to decorate business storefronts. DGRI requires 30 - 80 sculptures carved from 20x40 custom-sized blocks of ice. Businesses participants may choose their sculpture design from a vendor-provided list or catalog. DGRI also seeks one 5,000-lb ice sculpture to serve as the main attraction. The overall project cost must not exceed $30,000.
  • Professional Visual Technology Vendors: Help curate visual art installations through projection mapping installation(s) at various Downtown locations. The artwork may be a single installation that takes place on multiple programming dates or multiple installations ranging from one date to multiple dates during the months of January and February. Total project cost must not exceed $40,000.

Interested in applying? Questions? Email Kimberly Van Driel, Director of Public Space Management, at

Applications are due by December 1, 2020.