These Textile Sculptures are Only Possible with Your Help

Project 1 artist, Amanda Browder, will transform spaces across Grand Rapids into multi-colored textile sculptures this fall. And she needs your help.

She’s calling on our community — you and me — to help her collect fabric and sew these immense striped tapestries that she’ll wrap around multiple buildings and structures throughout our city.

How You Can Help

Sew with Us

Absolutely no sewing experience is required to come sew 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

Sewing Day details for next month are now available:

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Help Amanda Browder Realize Her Vision: Donate Fabric + Thread

Spectral Locus by Amanda Browder. Photo: Tom Loonan.

Artist Amanda Browder will transform spaces across Grand Rapids into multi colored textile sculptures for Project 1: Crossed Lines this fall. She relies on support from community members where her projects take place, gathering materials and stories.

How You Can Help Now

This is where you come in. In just a few weeks, Amanda will be in town for her first Grand Rapids Sewing Days. Before she arrives, we’re collecting fabric and thread to support the creation of her work.

What We’re Looking For

Do you have fabric remnants leftover from past projects, or even fabric bolts hanging around? We’d love to put them to use. We’re looking for colorful, non-stretchy fabrics in opaque materials like cotton, rayon and velvet, as well as threads of all kinds.

Donate Your Fabric + Thread

To donate your fabric and thread, send them to 41 Sheldon Blvd SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503, or stop by Monday-Friday, 9a-4p.

The artist and our team thank you. Stay tuned — in the coming weeks, opportunities will open for you to join Amanda in sewing together with us and our community. No experience needed.

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Work With Us: Design Assistant

UPDATE (4/3/19): This position is now closed.

Exciting news! We’re adding to our design team for the Project 1 season. Our Design Assistant will serve as a principal member of the ArtPrize design team, assisting the Design Lead and working closely with the amazing team at Conduit Studio.

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Watch the Project 1:Crossed Lines Artist Announcement

Jori Bennett, Executive Director, on stage at the Project 1 artist announcement
Jori Bennett, Executive Director, kicks off the Project 1 artist announcement. Photo: Kallie Spidahl.

Last week, our team revealed the slate of international, national and local artists who will create work for Project 1: Crossed Lines. The artist announcement was broadcast live on WOOD TV8. Watch the full announcement below where, in addition to sharing the five participating artists and collaboratives, we answer a few questions you might be wondering about:

  • What is Project 1?
  • Why did you make this change?
  • How is Project 1 different from ArtPrize?
  • How were the artists chosen?
  • How can I get involved?

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Project 1 by ArtPrize Announces Inaugural Exhibition Artists

Amanda Browder, Heather Hart, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Olalekan Jeyifous, and Paul Amenta and Ted Lott to produce new public artworks for “Project 1: Crossed Lines” in Grand Rapids, Michigan this fall.

GRAND RAPIDS (Michigan) March 14, 2019 — Project 1 by ArtPrize, the first in a series of multi-sited exhibitions of public art taking place in the years between biennial ArtPrize competitions, today announced five artists and collectives commissioned for its debut this fall. Project 1 will take place in Grand Rapids, Michigan from Sept. 7 to Oct. 27, 2019. Differing from both ArtPrize and traditional biennials, Project 1 will focus on five artists, each producing large public artworks. Many of these artworks will occupy multiple sites throughout the city, some will function as stages for performing arts and community collaborations, while others will be geared toward audience participation.

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