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Understanding the Habitat + SiTE:LAB Connection (VIDEO)

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     Art Prize is Grand Rapids’ largest and most visible event of the year. In six years, Art Prize has hosted 10,688 artists’ entries and had 1.9 million visitors. This year, Habitat Kent decided to join the Art Prize fever by partnering with SiTE:LAB, a nomadic all-volunteer arts organization.

     By using the three-acre parcel of Plaza Roosevelt project land (breaking ground in 2017), SiTE:LAB was able to create their 2015 Art Prize entry called the “Rumsey Street Project.”

     The above video explains the relationship between Habitat Kent and SiTE:LAB working towards Plaza Roosevelt in 2017.

     The Rumsey St. Project is focused on large-scale site-specific work done by both local and international artists responding to the vacant land and structures. This includes physical creations with the materials left behind in the buildings as well as live performance based installations.*

     SiTE:LAB has already received positive recognition for their work and are listed in multiple sections of the Art Prize 2015 Jurors Shortlist.

     By partnering with the community and Habitat Kent, SiTE:Lab will be able to expose thousands of newcomers to the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood. SiTE:LAB will remain in Roosevelt Park through Art Prize 2016. They plan to continue to use the spaces to engage with the local residents through art programs and events.


(SiTE:LAB visitors can enjoy a wine and beer bar on select nights of the week.)


(Rumsey Street Office of the Archivist)


(Art Prize 7 banner hanging on street lights in the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood)

 Read more on the Rumsey St. Project via

 Special thanks to Sabo PR for producing the video.


*Parents of young children should know that some the artists’ pieces deal with adult themes and subjects.

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