ArtPrize Education Days, presented by PNC Bank, further invests in innovative programs and partnerships for 2017, and anticipates over 18,000 students will experience ArtPrize Nine this fall.

GRAND RAPIDS (Michigan) AUGUST 28, 2017 — ArtPrize, the independently organized art competition recognized as the world’s largest annual public art event, today announced the launch of program registration for ArtPrize Education Days presented by PNC Bank — free arts education programs designed for school groups visiting ArtPrize. Concurrently, ArtPrize announced the 2016 ArtPrize Partner Organizations and Schools that host arts education programming during the 19-day event, as well as the 2017 recipients of $47,000 in Education Partner Grants. Partners will help facilitate educational workshops, performances and tours during the 19-day event, and ArtPrize anticipates over 18,000 students will experience and explore the event in Grand Rapids, Michigan this fall. Registration for Education Days programming is now open for schools through September 15.

“I’m thrilled that we were able to support new partnerships for this year’s ArtPrize Education Days and expand our program offerings, as well as deepen our partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Schools,” said Becca Guyette, Director of Education.

Offering a variety of free programs for grades ranging from Early Childhood through High School, programs range from 30 to 90 minutes and include National Core Arts Standards as well as Integrated Standards such as English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Next Gen Science Standards. Program offerings include docent tours, artist-led presentations, hands-on art making workshops and more. Interested educators can begin their ArtPrize field trip experience by visiting for program registration and self-guided lesson plans.


ArtPrize Education Days welcomes three new partner programs in 2017, joining sixteen returning partners. Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids Commonwealth’s Imagine, Inspire, Install will explore site-specific ArtPrize entries and how space affects process, choice of materials as well as perception of works of art. Students visiting ArtPrize Nine will have the opportunity to create a video project highlighting diversity and multiple perspectives at David D. Hunting YMCA’s You2 Art. Additionally, Air Zoo is offering STEAM-based programs to thousands of students during the event this fall, exploring the intersection of science and art.

ArtPrize Education Days will also offer expanded ArtPrize Guided Tours that include: ArtPrize 101, where students will explore a variety of ArtPrize Nine entries; Transformation Urban Space, a tour that will cover a group of Featured Public Projects and Pitch Night-winning entries; and Ecology & Art, a tour that will guide students to multiple sites to discuss ArtPrize Nine entries that explore environmental issues.   


Long standing program partner, Grand Rapids Public Museum is bringing back the popular Chair Camp program that explores the intersection of art and everyday design. The Urban Institute for Contemporary Art’s program Cultivate: Art + Food, explores food accessibility and community art experiences. Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University’s program Cultural Lens/Their Cultural Lens explores empathy and visual literacy. Students are invited to explore the Grand Rapids Art Museum’s ArtPrize Nine exhibition with docent-led tours before they open to the public. ArtPrize Nine artists selected by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum will host a series of workshops. Grand Valley State University Charter Schools Office will offer a performing arts program and STEAM programs for K-6 students.

Returning for a second year, ArtPrize is excited to continue supporting program partner, The Diatribe, offering spoken word poetry program that explores social justice themes. Schools are invited to participate in the Creative Youth Center’s Zine Workshops. Mini Mogul is hosting a panel of Grand Rapids Public School alumni who will share how they utilized creativity and artistic skills to become leaders in their prospective industries. The Mosaic Film Experience is offering a film screening as well as a presentation that emphasize the power of storytelling, with local digital media experts. Cook Arts Center will offer a tour of Rumsey street venue and host workshops. Students will join Artists Creating Together at the Downtown Market for a series of hands-on activities.

ArtPrize will continue the collaboration with early childhood providers for a series of Friday programs that encourages students, families and educators to explore, play and learn together at ArtPrize Nine. This series will bring over 600 early childhood students and their families to ArtPrize this fall. ArtPrize is proud to collaborate directly with the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative, Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Early Childhood Program, and Head Start for Kent County, to make these events possible.


ArtPrize Education Days programs are funded by a series of grants totaling $47,000, presented by PNC Bank. These grants are used to support ArtPrize cultural partners and school programs in creating innovative programming for students at the annual event. 2017 education grantees include:

  • Air Zoo
  • Artists Creating Together
  • Boys & Girls Club Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth
  • Cooks Arts Center
  • Creative Youth Center
  • David. H. Hunting YMCA
  • Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
  • Grand Rapids Art Museum
  • Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
  • Grand Rapids Public Museum
  • Grand Valley State University Charter Schools Office
  • Kendall College of Art and Design
  • Learning From Scratch
  • Mind Meets Music
  • Mini Mogul
  • Mosaic Film Experience
  • The Diatribe
  • Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
  • Wimage

Additionally, ArtPrize awards Transportation Grants totaling $10,000 to educators, to offset the costs of a field trip. These grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis — applications are now being accepted.

These grants are part of the growing ArtPrize granting portfolio, totaling over $300,000 in 2017, to the artists, venues and educators who make the event a success and provide educational opportunities to visitors of all ages each year.


ArtPrize Partner Schools work closely with ArtPrize to deepen their students' ArtPrize experience within the classroom year-round. ArtPrize is proud to collaborate directly with the Grand Rapids Public School district on this program. The following schools will launch their partnership with ArtPrize during the event this fall, which will then extend into the spring of 2018:

  • Burton Elementary and Middle School
  • Coit Creative Arts Academy
  • Gerald R. Ford Academic Center
  • Grand Rapids Public Museum School
  • Sibley Elementary
  • Southwest Community Campus

ArtPrize Nine will once again transform three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids into an open playing field where 1,346 entries at 175 venues will vie for a combination of public vote and juried awards totaling $500,000 in prizes, September 20 to October 8.

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