Do you love the spirit and energy that ArtPrize brings to Grand Rapids each fall? Has SiTE:LAB consistently been one of your favorite venues? Perhaps it’s time to act on your feelings and get involved with us! SiTE:LAB is always looking for volunteers, especially as...read more
The Rumsey Street Project http://rumseystproject.org/ Opening event Friday September 25th from 6:00 to 11:00PM Performance and additional information to come. For 2015 and 2016, SiTE:LAB has been presented with a unique opportunity for its most ambitious project to...read more
SiTE:LAB – Rumsey Street Project
Revitalizing Vacant Structures for Art Performances
SiTE:LAB is a nomadic all-volunteer arts organization that has organized over 20 temporary site-specific art projects, usually in underutilized downtown buildings in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previous projects have used locations as diverse as an abandoned natural history museum, a nature preserve, vacant commercial buildings, and most recently, a once-grand downtown hotel.
For 2015 and 2016, SiTE:LAB has been presented with a unique opportunity for its most ambitious project to date. Habitat for Humanity of Kent County has offered SiTE:LAB the use of nearly three acres in Grand Rapids’ Roosevelt Park neighborhood.
The Rumsey Street property currently consists of a mixture of unoccupied structures, including a former Catholic church and rectory, a body shop, and several residences, as well as a number of vacant lots.
SiTE:LAB and Habitat intend to turn the land and structures into a temporary art center and residency until Habitat begins its redevelopment of the property, currently projected to occur in 2017.
SiTE:LAB’s plans for the Rumsey Street Project focus on large-scale site-specific work done by both local and international artists, responding to the vacant land and structures.
One house on the property will be converted into a residency for artists coming to Grand Rapids to install projects.
An international design competition will be held to select a plan for a temporary neighborhood gathering place.
School groups from the surrounding neighborhood will be given opportunities to meet and interact with artists.
While activities will take place on the property over a period of eighteen months, two large exhibitions will take place as part of ArtPrize 2015 and 2016.
It is intended that SiTE:LAB’s activities be designed and implemented in a manner that benefits the surrounding Roosevelt Park neighborhood. This will occur by exposing the viewing public to the stores and restaurants in this often overlooked neighborhood, providing opportunities for residents, including students of all ages, to engage with the project, and by using the project and the public’s interaction with it to inform Habitat for Humanity’s ultimate development of the property.