October

Ritsu Katsumata performing at DisArt’s Voices at Tanglefoot. Photo: Kallie Spidahl.

In the handy guide below, you’ll find everything you need to know about experiencing the Project 1 by ArtPrize exhibition this October.

What is there to do?

Project 1 Closing Celebration + ArtPrize 2020 Announcements

Come celebrate the inaugural Project 1 exhibition with us + hear how we’re reimagining tech, prizes and more for ArtPrize 2020, at the Listening Room at Studio Park.

We’re bringing Grand Rapids’ hip hop MC, Lady Ace Boogie, and innovative beatboxer, oZealous back for an encore performance, and closing the night out with a DJ (TBA soon) — all in celebration of the first ever Project 1 by ArtPrize.

But first, before we open the dance floor — we’ll turn our sights to ArtPrize 2020, to the return of one of the world’s largest art competitions. We have a few announcements to make, including new technology, updated prizes, and more slated to make the ArtPrize 2020 the best yet.

You won’t want to miss it. This event is free and first-come first-served. No ticket necessary.

Events at Tanglefoot

The SiTE:LAB team has programmed a series of events, performances and happenings at Tanglefoot, activating Paul Amenta and Ted Lott’s Critical Infrastructure through the month of October.

Performances at Rosa Parks Circle

Dance in the Annex (DITA) will perform on Heather Hart’s The Oracle of the Soulmates on Thursday afternoons in October. This activation is part of Relax at Rosa — stop by Rosa Parks Circle, grab a bite to eat from one of the food trucks (or bring your own) and enjoy a dance performance with live musical accompaniment at both Noon and 1p.

While you’re here, don’t miss the myriad performances, exhibitions and more produced by our cultural partners and other happenings throughout the city.

What is there to see?

We commissioned five international, national and local artists to create spectacular art installations, urban interventions and community-oriented projects across three Grand Rapids neighborhoods. The map to the right gives you an overview of where their work is located.

At these three sites, you’ll be able to see the work created by our Project 1 commissioned artists:

Where do I start?

You can start at any of the three sites, however if you’re looking for an event guide and for visitor support, we’d recommend starting Downtown. Stop by the Welcome Center at GRAM in the heart of downtown, which has the most up to date information about Grand Rapids as well as free Project 1 Visitor Guides.

  • Location: Inside the GRAM gift shop at 101 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Weekly Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10 AM–5 PM, Thursday 10 AM–9 PM, Friday and Saturday 10AM–8 PM and Sundays Noon–5 PM

How do I get around the three Project 1 sites?

Utilizing the city’s public transport system is a great way to explore our three site locations — Downtown, MLK Park and Tanglefoot. This option reduces your carbon footprint and is a fun way to explore the city. Thanks to our city partners, Mobile GR and The Rapid.

Ride the Rapid: Purchase a Wave Card and find a full route schedule and map at ridetherapid.org. Travel from Rapid Central Station to each site following the routes available in our free visitor guide.

Catch a Ride: Using a rideshare is an easy and convenient way to get around Project 1. Rideshares include Uber, Lyft and taxi services.

Ride a Bike: Get active and have an art adventure on your bike. In partnership with Mobile GR, we designed a bike route between sites.

Drive Your Car: Planning ahead will help you navigate parking during events. A variety of parking options are within walking distance of each site location.

When is Project 1 open?

All of the installations are outdoors and open seven days a week.

  • Downtown: 24/7, explore the four installations anytime
  • MLK Park: 9 AM–8:30 PM
  • Tanglefoot: Noon–6 PM, with events (see above) often running later