Opening Day Celebration
Saturday, Sept 7

Don’t miss the launch of Project 1: Crossed Lines. Join us for the Opening day Celebration at all three site locations, Downtown Grand Rapids, MLK Park and Tanglefoot.

Downtown Celebration 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Presented by:

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

Presented by:

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 – 2:45 PM
    Enjoy a sonic landscape of experimental hip-hop, folk, soul and classical music by cellist Jordan Hamilton.
  • 3:00 – 3:45 PM
    Join us for a conversation with Project 1 artists Heather Hart and Amanda Browder and Kevin Buist, Artistic Director of ArtPrize. 
  • 4:00 – 4:45 PM
    Experience a hip hop set by Grand Rapids’ Hip Hop MC, Lady Ace Boogie.

Tanglefoot Opening Night 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Programming by:
ArtPrize and DisArt

Opening day concludes with an artist panel discussion at the Tanglefoot Site, a sold-out drag show at Wealthy Theatre presented by DisArt and an afterparty with GR Soul Club.

  • 5:00 PM
    Join artists Paul Amenta and Ted Lott in conversation with Jill Vyn and Chris Smit from DisArt and Dan Cameron, independent curator at Critical Infrastructure
  • 7:00 PM, Disability Drag Show, Presented by DisArt
    Wealthy Theatre
    SOLD OUT
  • 9:30 – 12:00 am
    End the night back at Tanglefoot with GR Soul Club

Sunday, Sept 8

End Project 1 by ArtPrize’s opening weekend by joining us for our final artist talk at 37 Ottawa Ave NW (ground floor).

  • 11:00 am
    A conversation between artist Olakelan Jeyifous and Larry Ossei-Mensah

*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.