The Founders Society hosts trips with a focus on art and culture. Trips include Michigan-based destinations and regional attractions, in addition to national and international hot spots.

A portion of ticket proceeds support FIA programs and exhibitions.

$45 per person

ArtPrize is an open, independent, international competition featuring works in any medium. Art is displayed throughout downtown Grand Rapids in museums, restaurants, offices, hotels, stores and parks from September 19 through October 7. Free and open to the public, it is one of the most attended public art events in the world. More than $500,000 in prizes are awarded based on public vote and a jury of art experts.  

ArtPrize will become a bi-annual event, so this is your only chance to experience it until 2020. 

We will begin with a self-guided tour of the exhibits at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. From there, you are free to explore the exhibits at other venues throughout the city on your own. Because we are going during the last week of the event, the finalists will have been announced, so you can be sure to view those and vote for your  favorite. There are many restaurants in the area to choose from for lunch. The motor coach will depart from the FIA promptly at 8:30a and return at 7:00p.

Double: $3049 pp

Single: $3649 pp

Triple: $3019 pp


San Jose, Coffee Plantation, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Guanacaste, Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal Cruise, Cano Negro Refuge, Zarcero, and choice of Hanging Bridges or Zip Lining 

Costa Rica is a paradise teeming with exotic plants and incredible animals. Luxuriate at a resort for two nights in Tamarindo Beach, known for its breathtaking beauty and fine sandy beaches. Spend two nights in Monteverde’s lush cloud forest. Travel Costa Rica and experience the forest canopy with your choice of a hanging bridges nature walk or an exhilarating zip-lining tour. Explore part of the 20,000 acre nature preserve of Cano Negro on a river boat adventure. Relax in the mineral-rich waters of a hot springs with views of Arenal Volcano. Explore San Jose’s Plaza de Cultura and view the magnificent National Theatre. You will find a slice of paradise and so much more.

A portion of ticket proceeds support FIA programs and exhibitions.


Double: $4999 pp

Single: $6099 pp

Triple: $4949 pp


Paris, Eiffel Tower Dinner, Choice on Tour, Versailles, Giverny, TGV Train, Avignon, Palace of the Popes, Aix-en-Provence, Cézanne’s Workshop, Gordes, Wine & Olive Oil Tasting, Cannes, Nice, Monaco, Oceanographic Museum, Monte Carlo, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

For reservations or more information, contact Diane Roberts at 810.629.4270, ext. 201 or Sheila Smith at 810.610.0090.

A portion of ticket proceeds support FIA programs and exhibitions.