Tips For Educators

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Free Programs  

ArtPrize Education Days are 30–90 minute programs that are free and designed for school groups visiting the ArtPrize event. Program offerings range from guided tours, poetry workshops, STEAM activities, artist-led presentations, design challenges, and much more. All programs include National Core Arts Standards as well as integrated standards, like ELA, Social Studies, and Science. Registration has closed for ArtPrize Eight.

Self-Guided Visits

Use the links below to preview entries, search for thematic artwork as it relates to your curriculum and find venues open during the school day. We recommend visiting the ArtPrize HUB/HQ: it's a great starting or resting location for school groups with a pop-up park, bathrooms, and STEAM education activities, which are all free and open to school groups. 

Recommended Thematic List, by the ArtPrize Education Committee

  • Self, Dialog, Resolution - list of entries based on unique self, conflict resolution, and interconnections. Recommendation by Donna F. St. John, associate professor of art education, Kendall College of Art and Design.
  • Identity - What is your identity? How do you define identity? Alone or within a group, school, neighborhood or family? How does your identity change over time? This recommended list of entries explores identity in different ways that will stimulate conversation about personal and collective identity. Recommendation by Wendy Marty, M.A., Academic Coach.
  • Inviting Children To Talk About Art - list of entries that invites open discussion with children. "What is going on? What do you see that makes you say that? What more can we find?" Recommendation by Suzanne Butler-Lich, Retired Art Educator.
  • Changes, Transitions - list of entries to spark conversations around change and transition as felt by individuals and communities. Recommendations by Trudy Ngo-Brown, Teen Program Director at West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology.

Transportation Grants

Help your school offset transportation costs of getting to ArtPrize. Grants are limited to $100 per school and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications have closed for ArtPrize Eight.

General Field Trip Information

Additional Resources 

Print, decorate, cut out, and take PNC Junior Pig E. Banks to your ArtPrize Education Days field trip. Capture a selfie and share your photo by sending it to Follow #PigEBanks to keep up with Junior’s ArtPrize adventures. 

Questions? Email

Early Childhood

Early Childhood Program Guide (PDF)

Registration has closed for ArtPrize Eight.

Self-Guided Lesson Plans 

Early Childhood Friday Series - Early Childhood providers and ArtPrize Education Days are partnering to provide fun, interactive family/educator engagement events so educators, parents, and students can explore, play, and learn together at ArtPrize.  

Grades K–6

Grades K-6 Program Guide (PDF)

Registration has closed for ArtPrize Eight.

Self-Guided Lesson Plans 

Grades 7–12

Grades 7-12 Program Guide (PDF)

Registration has closed for ArtPrize Eight.

Self-Guided Lesson Plans 


ArtPrize Education Days partners with afterschool programs to design and support customized ArtPrize field trip experiences for students. For ArtPrize Eight, we are partnering with the LOOP afterschool programming, serving Grand Rapids Public Schools. To partner with ArtPrize Education Days and/or plan your after-school field trip, contact

STEAM Village

Art is not extracurricular—it is essential.

Art generates creative thinkers who drive innovation, inspire empathy, and define culture. Creativity is the core of innovation. Without it, we compromise the future’s leading minds in science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

STEAM Village Learning Lab - Visit our unique learning lab experience in the STEAM Village that combines the power of the arts with technology, science, engineering, and math. 

  • Planet3: an immersive game-based platform that explores the planet’s history and future
  • Tilt Brush: a virtual reality experience
  • an online coding program
  • ArtPrize Labs tinker table
  • 2015 Public Vote Grand Prize Winner, Northwood Awakening

Hours and Programs

  • School groups only 9–10 a.m. Monday–Thursday 
  • School programs 10–11 a.m. Monday–Thursday (link coming soon)
  • General public open daily 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

The Art of Science: Featuring Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin - Thursday, September 22 at 7 - 8 p.m.

This free event at the ArtPrize HUB/HQ explores the importance of art and innovation for the future of our planet. featuring Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin, an internationally renowned scientist, innovator, technologist, entrepreneur, and National Geographic Explorer. As Chief Science Officer of Planet3, Albert leads the scientific research efforts of the company. He also serves as a research scientist for the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology at the University of California, San Diego. Albert is recognized for his research in the Valley of the Khans Project and as a Co-founder of Tomnod, which uses crowdsourcing to identify objects and places in satellite images. Albert is passionate about the combination of exploration and citizen science to raise awareness and solutions for global issues; he is also the youngest recipient of the Nevada and Lowell Thomas Medals for Achievements in Science and Exploration. Albert Lin is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, where he earned his doctorate in Material Science and Engineering. 

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Independent Youth Programs

ArtPrize is proud to provide support to these independently organized educational programs that benefit students, educators, and school programs in the Grand Rapids community.

SmartArt Competition Presented by Consumers Energy

ArtPrize is excited for Consumers Energy’s fourth annual SmartArt competition—a contest for high school students focused on sustainability, in partnership with Grand Rapids Public Schools. Check out the finalists’ artwork on display in the lobby of the 50 Monroe building. And be sure to watch the ArtPrize Eight Public Vote Final 20 Announcement on October 2, where the SmartArt competition's top winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship courtesy of Consumers Energy.

Envision Education Program Presented by Amway

Amway commissioned the 2016 ArtPrize Partner Schools to create 200 works of art for the Amway World Headquarters. Each school will be given a $2,500 commission to help with the direct cost of making the artwork; any unused funds will go toward purchasing supplies for the art education classrooms. Each school participating will also have the opportunity to meet directly with Amway and ArtPrize staff for a consultation and critique before completing the final piece. A community opening for schools and families will take place after the ArtPrize event.

ArtPrize Partner Schools

ArtPrize Partner Schools model progressive approaches to teaching and learning; they work closely with ArtPrize year-round to design best-practice resources and deepen their students' ArtPrize experience within the classroom. Partners must all be located within the city of Grand Rapids or serve Grand Rapids youth, and must also ​demonstrate a need for increased transportation and program registration support. Interested in becoming an ArtPrize Partner School? Contact

2016 ArtPrize Partner Schools

ArtPrize Labs

Sponsored by Amway, Grand Valley State University, and Herman Miller Cares.

ArtPrize Labs provides families and people of all ages unique experiential learning opportunities through free activities, events, and expert-produced activity resources. While visiting ArtPrize, be sure to drop into an ArtPrize Labs with your family. 

  • ArtPrize Labs Drop-In Studio - Visit the drop-in studio for a self-directed creative experience.
  • ArtPrize Labs Studio Events - Attend a studio event featuring hands-on art activities and creative experiments.
  • ArtPrize Labs Mobile Workshop - Stop by the new mobile workshop for pop-up art-making activities with repurposed materials.

Partner Programs

  • Family Day @ UICA - Families and people of all ages are invited to attend morning activities located in UICA's premier theater.
  • GRAMStudio - Drop into GRAMStudio during ArtPrize to create a work of art inspired by ArtPrize artist Saya Woolfalk’s entry.
  • Alphabet Soup - Families are invited to join Artists Creating Together (ACT) to participate in art activities at the Downtown Market.
  • Sensory Finger Painting - The Comprehensive Therapy Center would like to welcome families of children with disabilities to ArtPrize by offering a sensory-friendly activity in an accessible space.
  • Grand Rapids Kids Stroller Tours - This event is for families with young children that want to explore ArtPrize as a group.
  • GRCM Kids ArtFest  - Spend an afternoon exploring the wonderful world of art!
  • GRCM Family Art Night - Drop-in with a reduced GRCM Admission of $1.75 per person for Family Night.