Project 1 by ArtPrize Announces New Projects and Commissions for Inaugural Edition

Rendering of Kaleidoscopic by artist Amanda Browder

Project 1: Crossed Lines
September 7 to October 27, 2019
Throughout Grand Rapids, MI

GRAND RAPIDS (Michigan) June 17, 2019Project 1 by ArtPrize, the first in a series of multi-sited public art exhibitions taking place in the years between biennial ArtPrize competitions, is pleased to announce the new works and commissions for Project 1: Crossed Lines. Differing from traditional biennials, Project 1 will focus on five artists, each producing large-scale public artworks to enable them to advance their artistic practices. Some of these installations will occupy multiple sites throughout the city, some will function as stages for performing arts and other collaborations, while still others will be geared toward various forms of audience participation. Presented by ArtPrize, Project 1 represents the first in a biennial series of citywide exhibitions of public art taking place in the years between ArtPrize competitions.

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How We Chose Sites for Project 1 by ArtPrize

Artist Amanda Browder visiting Tanglefoot in January 2019, then a prospective site for Project 1 by ArtPrize.
Artist Amanda Browder visiting Tanglefoot in January 2019, then a prospective site for Project 1 by ArtPrize.

Last week we announced the three sites that will host large-scale public art installations and performance programming for Project 1: Crossed Lines. A number of pieces will be downtown, in spots that are familiar to ArtPrize visitors. New for Project 1, we’re also placing major installations at Martin Luther King Jr. Park on the Southeast side, and the Tanglefoot Building just Southwest of downtown.

In this post I want to give more insight into why we chose the sites we did, and why the method for selecting Project 1 locations was so different from the way it happens for ArtPrize.

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ArtPrize Announces Three Sites for Inaugural Project 1 Exhibition

Martin Luther King Jr Park and Tanglefoot to join downtown Grand Rapids in hosting large-scale art installations and performance programming for Project 1: Crossed lines, September 7 to October 27, 2019.

Grand Rapids (Michigan) May 21, 2019 — Project 1 by ArtPrize, the first in a series of multi-sited public art exhibitions taking place in the years between biennial ArtPrize competitions, today announced Martin Luther King Jr Park, Tanglefoot and Downtown as the locations around Grand Rapids, Michigan that will feature large-scale installations for Project 1: Crossed Lines this fall. The exhibition, which will include an array of performances and community events, is slated to take place from September 7 to October 27, 2019.

Past ArtPrize visitors will be familiar with the rectangular district employed during ArtPrize competitions, a three square mile area centered on the heart of Grand Rapids where any space can opt to host artworks. The approach for Project 1 is decidedly different. In order to select installation locations, organizers worked closely with the selected artists, and listened to input from community partners. The exhibition’s theme, “Crossed Lines,” is meant to explore the way boundaries affect our sense of belonging, and served as a guide to site selection. The result is a multi-sited exhibition that connects disparate parts of the city, crossing dividing lines of neighborhoods, wards, as well as socioeconomic and racial enclaves.

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Q&A: Amanda Browder’s Project 1 Installations

Magic Chromacity by Amanda Browder. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Project 1 artist, Amanda Browder, will transform spaces across Grand Rapids into multi-colored textile sculptures this fall. Since announcing her participation in the exhibition, a few questions have bubbled up, and we wanted to take a moment to gather them here into this handy Q&A.

How can I get involved?

We’re so glad you asked. There are myriad ways to help Amanda realize her vision for Project 1. You can donate fabric and thread, sign up to pin and sew with us, and spread the word on social. Get details about each of these opportunities throughout the Q&A below.

Where can I sign up as a Sewing Days volunteer?

Sewing Days details + sign ups for May are now available on Volunteer Hub.

What if I don’t know how to sew?

Sewing Days aren’t just about sewing! Absolutely no experience is required to come volunteer with Amanda, our team and people from our community. Everyone of all ages and abilities are welcome to join. At each Sewing Day, you’d have the opportunity to:

  • Organize fabric by color
  • Place fabric on the tables for pinning
  • Pin the fabric
  • Sew the pinned sections together
  • Maintain the sewing machines and be there if someone needs help
  • Organize the fabric as it’s sewn

Read more about Sewing Days here.

What types of fabric are you looking for?

We’re collecting colorful, non-stretchy fabrics in opaque materials such as cotton, rayon and velvet, as well as threads of all kinds to support the creation of Amanda’s work.

What size should the fabric be?

Anything over 12-inches square is great.

Where can I donate fabric?

Send your fabric remnants and bolts to 41 Sheldon Blvd SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503, or stop by Monday-Friday, 9a-4p. More donation locations will open soon.

What happens to the fabric after the exhibition closes?

Everything is saved. Many times the work is shown at other locations or museums, honoring all the people who helped sew and volunteer their time.

Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments below.

Work With Us: Communications Assistant

UPDATE: This position has been filled.

It’s that time of year again! We’re currently searching for our latest Project 1 team member — a Communications Assistant who will play an invaluable role on our seasonal team. This role interfaces with media representatives, responds to requests for information and assets, prepares spokespeople for interviews, manages social media strategy and implementation, as well as creates and deploys content through blog and email marketing platforms, and more.

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