The hubs will serve as welcome centers, voter registration sites and guideposts for visitors looking for information about venues and events specific to each hub's neighborhood.

"There are so many wonderful venues and events that we want people to know about and take advantage of during the event," Todd Herring, ArtPrize director of creative and communication, said in a news release on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

"The neighborhood hubs are a fantastic resource and connection point that will serve both first-time and seasoned visitors, connecting them to hot spots and events that they might otherwise miss," Herring said.

"We encourage everyone to stop by all the hubs to make sure they're getting the most out of the event."

This year's eighth edition of ArtPrize will begin on Sept. 14 with a "preview week" designed to acquaint local residents with the entries before voting begins on Sept. 21. The competition will conclude on Oct. 9.

This year's contest will again award $200,000 to the top vote-getter in the public voting and juried categories. Another $100,000 will be awarded to winners in the five entry categories.

Each of the hubs will provide visitors an opportunity to register to vote, pick up an event guide and map. Visitors are encouraged to visit all eight hubs and collect stamps for the ArtPrize Eight passport program and contest.

The hubs also will have information about neighborhood-specific tours and events, offer ArtPrize mobile app support, and stock ArtPrize Eight merchandise and 19-day Metro Passes. The first 20,000 visitors also will get a commemorative tote provided by Meijer Inc.

The eight hubs will be located at the following sites:

• Center City Hub @ GRAM -- located on Monroe Center outside of the Grand Rapids Art Museum gift shop and inside the museum lobby.

• Heartside Hub @ UICA -- close to many galleries, studios and architecturally significant buildings.

• Hillside Hub @ Women's City Club – In Heritage Hill, one of the nation's oldest and largest historic preservation districts.

• Rumsey Street Hub @ SiTE:LAB -- located at the 3-acre neighborhood in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

• Monroe North Hub @ DeVos Place – near many of the new venues along the Grand River.

• Westside Hub @ Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum -- placed near Featured Public Projects, Artist Seed Grant and Venue Grant Winners.

• Meijer Gardens Hub -- featuring ArtPrize Artists as well as a permanent sculpture collection that blends art and nature.

• ArtPrize Hub/Headquarters @ 41 Sheldon Blvd. SE Click here for an interactive map of ArtPrize venues and hubs.