Parallel to Crossed Lines, Project 1 by ArtPrize

By George Miguel

What a time to have been a lover of art and granted the opportunity to have a hand in the actualization of Project 1 by ArtPrize! My name is George Miguel, a recent graduate from Grand Valley State University who has run the course of an internship in the Learning and Engagement Department. It was through this position that I was better able to connect and engage with my community. I am fortunate to have joined the ArtPrize team during this exciting time in the endeavor to communicate their message through a new approach that has been carried out through the past 10 competitions. I have searched in a multiplicity of areas since “entering the real world,” and candidly express that it has taken me some time post-graduation to finally say that I belong in the city of Grand Rapids.

“Artists in Project 1: Crossed Lines have been selected because of the way they create more than objects, using public art to question and alter spaces, both physical and social. The way people move through a city—the ways in which people feel as if they do or do not belong—are the result of design decisions as well as policy decisions.”

I have had a front-row seat in beginning to internalize our message and all the work that goes into ArtPrize through the many departments that I’ve seen in action. In particular, the conduit that is the Learning and Engagement Department has demonstrated for me all the work that goes into developing such art events for the world, from the community members to the neighboring nonprofits that have participated thus far in volunteering and helping us to complete Project 1. Our events attract art lovers from around the world! This fact excites and leads me to truly believe that if art or “design decisions” within the transformed urban spaces of Grand Rapids in a way catalyzed euphoric belonging for me—a first-generation-college-graduate and the first of many things in my family—then so it can for others.

For example, something as fundamental as your desired arrangement or new design for your room will not just affect you, but will design you right back! On a larger scale, the design decisions of Project 1 aim to highlight the lines that we wish to cross in this community. Beyond my own experience, this project is able to have a monumental impact if art and message can intertwine successfully for the grand experience to belong.

In retrospect, my time at ArtPrize has been meaningful in clarifying and finding a place in my heart for what we have been trying to communicate. As people we are the sum of our experiences and need Art, it is wonder-full, rich in discovery and the exception of beauty. It has had me think of Picasso’s words, “we all know that art is not truth, art is a lie that makes us realize truth,” when I begin to overthink anything. From milestone to milestone I will continue to pursue the things I love and work parallel to my passions. I am absolutely sure in saying that my time at ArtPrize has fit such a frame.

My name is George Miguel… and I belong in this community.
Me llamo Jorge Miguel y pertenezco a esta comunidad
Jorge Miguel ‘in bi an, Akateko winaj jin’an

The Project 1 by ArtPrize internship program is underwritten by Deloitte and Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.

ArtPrize Announces Opening Day Celebration Line-Up for Inaugural Project 1 Exhibition

Photo by Kendra Lawson

Public invited to participate in the highly anticipated event
featuring both locally and globally recognized performers and artists.

GRAND RAPIDS,(Michigan) August 8, 2019 — ArtPrize is pleased to announce the Project 1 opening day celebration presented by DTE Foundation happening Sept 7, 2019 at Rosa Parks Circle, Martin Luther King Jr. Park, and Tanglefoot. Headlining performances include BANDALOOP, Jordan Hamilton, and the U.S. premiere of Drag Syndrome. Local performers, artist panels and community events will be happening simultaneously at each site location. Join ArtPrize and the City of Grand Rapids for a day of free one-of-a-kind experiences.

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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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