In a time when the arts seem to be falling to the wayside in the eyes of many Americans, businessman Dick DeVos and his charity The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, are working to pull attention back to this important area of human growth and inspiration. Art is more than a fun hobby. it is a way to release ones’ inner strengths and express in a way not found elsewhere. Without art, we would not have many of the great inventions that we rely on so heavily in today’s machine-heavy society.
With his foundation, Dick DeVos helped his son create the well-known ArtPrize event. For more than two weeks, art from all over the world comes to the Grand Rapids’ area to cover three square miles of the city. To help bring visitors into the art world and make it more than a spectator event, a $200,000 grand prize is awarded to the piece voted on by the public. A second prize is awarded to a Grand Jury selection winner. The event has been called a ‘must see’ event by national media outlets like Time and CNN and now welcomes nearly half a million visitors.
This is just one of the many great events sponsored by Dick DeVos and family. Together, the DeVos family has helped raise millions of dollars for the arts, the local community, and even had a massive impact on the local economy. More than money, Dick DeVos’ charitable work is helping to shed a light on the importance of things such as art in our society. Too many schools are looking to cut this fundamental course from their curriculums when the benefits are greater than a dollar sign.