Current Show: ArtPrize at MCC

MCC is an emerging Christian faith community whose mission is “Love God, Love People, Love the City.” As image-bearers of the Creator, we seek to honor God through celebrating the creative talents of our members, friends, and the community. We embrace and encourage the arts through various community events and seek to make our space available to fellow non-profits. Each year for ArtPrize, we conduct a series of worship services, “Meet the (a)Artist”, based upon themes generated by selected art that we host. Commonly, K-12 school class trips come to our venue, as our exhibits are usually appropriate for children. We are fully accessible (including an adult-sized changing table), have a drinking fountain with bottle-filler, barrier-free restrooms, and a space for nursing. In 2017, MCC was one of the 5 finalists for Outstanding Venue, and have twice hosted a jury finalist. We are now in a newly renovated building at 1020 Monroe NW, specifically designed for the display of art.

MCC Celebrates The Arts

Since Monroe Community Church first configured its warehouse to display artwork in 2009, it has not been without some sort of creative exhibit. MCC values creativity and expression, which is one way that people bear God’s image as mini-creators. We love to feature the work of artists, from professional to children, not in a gallery, but surrounding our congregation as part of the worship experience. This emphasis helps us reinforce our mission to “connect our downtown community to our life-changing God.”

Venue Information

1020 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | 616.591.3499

VENUE HOURS • September 15– October 2
Monday - Friday • 12pm – 8pm
Saturday • 9am – 8pm
Sunday • 12pm – 4pm (10:30 am worship)

Crucial Conversations: Trauma, Art, and Healing
Wednesday, Sept. 21 • 7 pm

Participating artists include:  Lucy VanRegenmorter, Linda Litteral, and Marti Liddle-Lameti

Learn more here

Meet the (a)Artist Sermon Series
Sundays at 10:30 am

Sept. 11, 18, 25, and Oct. 2 

Join us for worship during ArtPrize! Our worship will center on biblical themes found in some of the art pieces, and will include interviews with the artists. Here’s the schedule:

Sept. 11 What Happens When We Die?
Artist: Dave Sobotka “inevitable vi”

Sept. 18 Earth-Keeping and Creation Care
Artist: Brian Northup “All This and More”

Artist: Renee Therriault “On the Brink”

Sept. 25 Caught Between Two Worlds
Artist: Diana Noh “after nine”

Artist: Christine Vermeer “Here I Am”

Oct. 2 Taking a Moment to Breathe, Reflect, and Hope
Artist: Heather Briggs “The Exhale Project”

Learn more here or click on the images below for information on each participating artist


ArtPrize Links

ArtPrize 2022

We are so excited to have had artists from ArtPrize join us here at MCC during our Meet the (a)Artist ArtPrize Sermon Series. Click below to learn about some of these entries.