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ArtPrize and Michigan House Heading to Austin, Texas During SXSW

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ArtPrize and Michigan House today announced that the fourth iteration of Michigan House, a roving pop-up space, will serve as a home away from home for Michigan music and a space for discussion during South by Southwest 2016 in Austin, Texas.

Michigan House is set to take over a house in East Austin from March 14 – 17. They are teaming up with ArtPrize to provide a residency program to five Michigan musical acts that are making the trip to Austin later this month.

Each day, a “house band” will set the tone for Michigan-centric programming featuring the art, music, food and creativity that powers this state.

The five bands were selected from an open call to Michigan musicians. Each will step into the House’s temporary recording studio to professionally record a song for ArtPrize 2016:

One of the five will win $5,000 and the opportunity to headline the ArtPrize 2016 Opening Day ceremonies at Rosa Parks Circle this fall. The winning band will be selected by a panel of music experts and announced this summer on an episode of Critical Discourse, the soon to launch web series presented by ArtPrize.

ArtPrize’s Exhibitions Director will host a public conversation with Sarah Urist Green, creator and host of PBS Digital Studios’ The Art Assignment, in Austin on March 14 at 4PM. The Art Assignment is a technology-drive art initiative based in the Midwest.

During “ArtPrize and The Art Assignment: Using Technology to Build New Art Audiences,” Green will discuss how the show has tapped into the participatory creative communities of YouTube and Tumblr to build new audiences for contemporary art.

Additionally, Critical Discourse will be covering Grand Rapids native Joel Potrykus’ SXSW 2016 involvement including the world premiere of his feature film The Alchemist Cookbook and his SXSW Interactive panel with Grand Rapids based Failure:Lab.

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