ArtPrize Announces Continuing Partnership with Switch

FIRST® Robotics teams will experience STEAM-based learning at Project 1 by ArtPrize, and will meet Project 1 artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.

What: FIRST® Robotics teams from across Michigan are invited to take a field trip to Project 1 by ArtPrize to explore the intersection of the arts and technology. The event is part of an ongoing relationship with Switch, to promote STEAM education. Students will have an opportunity to meet Project 1 artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, who’s work regularly integrates technologies such as robotics, computerized surveillance and telematic networks. They will hear him speak specifically about “Voice Bridge,” his installation for Project 1. Students will also attend the opening day celebration of Project 1 in Rosa Parks Circle featuring a ribbon cutting, performance by GVSU music and dance ensemble, vertical dance troupes, musical artists and more, before visiting the Blue Bridge where Lozano-Hemmer’s installation will be sited. To conclude, students will travel to Kendall College of Art and Design and Grand Rapids Community College to explore STEAM career pathways, with a focus on providing talent development for the future.

Why: ArtPrize is an educational experience that embraces STEAM education. Partnering with STEAM advocating companies like Switch to provide learning experiences for FIRST Robotics students, we are connecting them to opportunities that deepen their knowledge of arts and technology and the Grand Rapids community in meaningful ways. ArtPrize aims to inspire the next generation of art lovers and artists.

When: Saturday, September 7, 2019 10:30AM – 4:00PM

Where: ArtPrize Hub 41 Sheldon Ave SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Who: FIRST Robotics representatives will be available to speak to the media about the event, as well as Becca Guyette the Director of Learning and Engagement for ArtPrize.

About Switch 
Switch (NYSE: SWCH), the technology infrastructure corporation headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada is built on the intelligent and sustainable growth of the Internet. Switch founder and CEO Rob Roy has developed more than 500 issued and pending patent claims covering data center designs that have manifested into the company’s world-renowned data centers and technology solutions. The Switch PRIMES, located in Las Vegas and Tahoe Reno, Nevada; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Atlanta, Georgia (opening in Q4 2019) are the world’s most powerful hyperscale data center campus ecosystems with low latency to major U.S. markets. Visit for more information.