ArtPrize 101

Vea "ArtPrize 101" en español.

Step 1: Take a moment to pause and experience the work of art.
Step 2: What do you see or hear? What is happening?
Step 3: Why is it the way that it is? The artist statement can help with this.
Step 4: How does it relate to your own life, feelings, or ideas? Does it challenge you?
Step 5: Vote - do you think it should win ArtPrize?

School Field Trips

ArtPrize Education Days

Planning your 2017 field trip? We're here to help—Join ArtPrize staff members in August 2017, for a small group meeting to plan your students' ArtPrize field trip experience. This includes help with registering for a free ArtPrize Education Days program, applying for a transportation grant, as well as information on bus parking, venue hours, and more.

  • Register for a Planning session here

Transportation Grants & Bus Parking Offset your school's transportation costs to ArtPrize. Grants are limited to $100 per school and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Apply Here (applications for 2017 open in August)
  • Download a Bus Parking Map

Free Programs Designed for school groups visiting ArtPrize, programs are administered by leading arts and cultural institutions, include National Core Art Standards, integrated standards, and learning objectives. Review programs by grade level below, then register here (registration for 2017 opens in August).

2016 Program Guides (2017 coming soon)

Self-Guided Visits Schedule a meeting with ArtPrize to plan a self-guided field trip. Contact:

District-wide & After-school Groups Partner with ArtPrize to provide a district-wide field trip or after school experience

  • Early Childhood Fridays are district-wide field trips designed in partnership with Head Start for Kent County, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative, and Grand Rapids Public Schools so families and educators can explore, play, and learn together at ArtPrize.

ArtPrize Education Days Presented By 

Family Activities

ArtPrize Labs

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

Download an 2016 ArtPrize Family Activity Kit (2017 details will be posted in August)

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

ArtPrize Labs is supported by

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

2017 details coming soon.

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ArtPrize Partner Schools

ArtPrize Partner Schools work closely with ArtPrize year-round to deepen students' ArtPrize experience within the classroom. Partners are all located within the city of Grand Rapids and serve Grand Rapids' youth.


SmartArt Competition

ArtPrize is excited to team up with Consumers Energy and Grand Rapids Public Schools to host the fifth annual SmartArt competition, which blends art with sustainability and environmental stewardship. GRPS High School students are invited to submit their work using renewable energy and energy efficiency as themes -- to compete for a $1,000 college scholarship, the chance to have their work displayed during ArtPrize Nine, and other great prizes. Watch the video below to learn more.

Check out the finalists’ artwork on display during ArtPrize Nine, and be sure to watch the ArtPrize Nine Public Vote Final 20 Announcement on October 1, where the SmartArt competition's top winner will be announced.

SmartArt Competition Presented By  

Youth Collaboration Award

The Youth Collaboration Award sponsored by Western Michigan University, offers any school or eligible non-profit organization serving K-12 students the opportunity to enter a collaborative piece into ArtPrize Nine and compete for a $5,000 cash prize, awarded by public vote. Once registered entries are elible to be displayed during the 19-day event for hundreds of thousands of visitors. ArtPrize and Western Michigan University will announce the winner at the Ninth Annual ArtPrize Awards, broadcast live on WOOD TV8.

Interested groups may apply to participate by completing this waiver and emailing it to the ArtPrize team at during the 2017 artist registration period, April 17-June 8. Our education team will help guide groups through the registration and connections process. 

Each collaborative entry must include at least two artists under the age of 18 and a lead artist over the age of 18. For questions regarding the award, please contact

WMU Youth Collaboration Award sponsored by