Rumsey Street Project
SiTE:LAB has a history of doing big things in Grand Rapids – especially during ArtPrize. In 2015, they collaborated with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, as well as the Kent County Land Bank, to acquire 5 acres of abandoned buildings and spaces. Taking over an entire block on the southwest side of GR, the all volunteer crew helped to transform the area through site specific art installations.
The project was set in motion for the 7th edition of ArtPrize, and will continue through the 8th. After SiTE:LAB’s work is done, the buildings will be torn down, and the land will be redeveloped to serve the neighboring community. Plans include mixed-use, affordable housing, as well as a multi-purpose community center with possible store fronts and office spaces.
Working alongside world-renowned artists and creatives, a number of our students and faculty put in long hours over the course of about three months, engaging in various activities such as artist assistants, hanging doors and designing way finding systems catered to user experience. The opportunities for these students are extremely valuable, and we are proud to have a close connection with such an outstanding group of people.
Find out more at the project website!
- Site Specific Art Installations, Student Volunteering, and Community Collaboration
- Ben Schumitz, Eric Schroeder, Ian Culver
- Paul Amenta, Grant Carmichael