Opening Day Celebration
Saturday, Sept 7

Don’t miss the launch of Project 1: Crossed Lines. Join us for the Opening day Celebration featuring performances by cellist Jordan Hamilton and BANDALOOP. Along with the US premiere of Drag Syndrome, presented by DisArt.

Presented by:

Downtown Celebration 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Don’t miss the launch of Project 1: Crossed Lines. The opening event features surprising appearances and a not-to-miss vertical dance performance by BANDALOOP in Rosa Parks Circle. This will be followed by a conversation between Project 1 artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Alice Gray Stites, Chief Curator of 21c Museum Hotels.

Downtown Celebration Schedule

  • 12:00 – 12:10 PM
    Smart Art Winner Announcement
  • 12:15 – 12:40 PM
    Ribbon Cutting, BANDALOOP, Grand Rapids Ballet
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM
    Stay for a deeper dive with Project 1 artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Alice Gray Stites, Chief Curator of 21c Museum Hotels.

MLK Community Celebration 2:00 – 5:00 PM

Join us for a community celebration featuring a sonic landscape of experimental hip-hop, folk, soul and classical music by cellist Jordan Hamilton and other local performers. The afternoon’s festivities include a conversation with Project 1 artists Heather Hart and Amanda Browder and Nicole Caruth, independent curator and writer. 

MLK Park Schedule

  • 2:00 PM
    Enjoy a sonic landscape of experimental hip-hop, folk, soul and classical music by cellist Jordan Hamilton.
  • 2:45 PM
    Join us for a conversation with Project 1 artists Heather Hart and Amanda Browder and Nicole Caruth, independent curator and writer. 
  • 4:30 – 5:00 PM
    Experience a hip hop set by Grand Rapids’ Hip Hop MC, Lady Ace Boogie.

Tanglefoot Opening Night, Presented by DisArt

Opening day concludes with a can’t-miss drag show by London’s Drag Syndrome–the first US performance by the award-winning group–which will use Paul Amenta and Ted Lott’s Project 1 installation Critical Infrastructure as stage, catwalk and arena. The performance is organized by DisArt. Preceding the show, hear Project 1 artists Paul Amenta and Ted Lott and collaborators Chris Smit and Jill Vyn of DisArt in conversation with Dan Cameron, independent curator.

Tanglefoot Schedule

  • 6:00 PM
    Hear Project 1 artists Paul Amenta and Ted Lott and collaborators Chris Smit and Jill Vyn of DisArt in conversation with Dan Cameron, independent curator. 
  • 7:00 PM
    Experience the Underground Drag event performed by drag queens and kings with Down’s Syndrome. The performance is organized by DisArt.

*If you have questions about accessibility or would like to request an accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, please contact our team at events@artprize.org. Note: 72 hours may be required to provide specific services such as ASL interpretations.