World of Winter is an annual two-month festival hosted in Downtown Grand Rapids by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI).

Each year, DGRI features international, national, regional and local art and installations alongside a full schedule of events and activities. During the 2024 festival there were over 4.7 million visits to Downtown Grand Rapids.

This year’s Request for Proposals is seeking large-scale installations to be featured in the 2025 World of Winter festival taking place from January 10 through March 2, 2025. Locations include various parks and public spaces in Downtown Grand Rapids.

Previous years’ selected installations include large-scale works from industrial designers, electrical engineers and interactive display artists. Proposals are preferred that offer the following characteristics:

  • Interactive installations
  • Installations with light and sound components
  • Installations that are enjoyable both day and night
  • Installations that do not require 24-hour security

*all installations must be able to withstand extreme winter weather conditions

This RFP is open to any and all interested parties and multiple proposals from individuals or groups are welcome. Responses are due by 11:59 PM (EST) on May 19, 2024. Questions may be submitted by 5:00 PM (EST) on May 15, 2024 to Kim Van Driel, DGRI’s Director of Public Space Management at

The full Request for Proposals can be viewed here.