School Field Trips

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Education Days

Free Programs: Designed for school groups visiting ArtPrize 10, these free educational sessions provide schools with meaningful art education experiences during your visit. To select a free session, download a program guide and register through our eventbrite page below.

  • Register Here (Registration opens August 16 at 9 a.m. EST)
  • Education Days Program Guide  Grades K-8 (Coming soon)
  • Education Days Program Guide  Grades 9-12 (Coming soon)

Self-Guided Field Trips: Our education staff is here to help! We are available to answer all your questions about bus parking / drop-off locations and design custom walking routes and itinerary. Contact to schedule a planning session.

District-Wide Programs: Partner with ArtPrize to provide a district-wide field trip, event or program that compliments your curriculum. Contact the Director of Learning & Engagement to schedule a meeting

Early Childhood Fridays: Designed in partnership with early childhood providers, these fun educational events are designed for families and educators to explore, play and learn together at ArtPrize. Contact the Director of Learning & Engagement for learn more

ArtPrize Education Days Presented By 

Transportation Grants

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. ArtPrize Education Transportation Grants sponsored by Domino’s and Deloitte.

School Awards + Exhibitions

Youth Collaboration Award

The Youth Collaboration Award (YCA) sponsored by Western Michigan University (WMU), offers any school or eligible non-profit organization serving K-12 students across the US the opportunity to enter a collaborative piece into ArtPrize 10 to compete for one of two cash prizes: $2,500 prize awarded by public vote and $2,500 prize awarded by a jury. A Youth Collaboration Award Entry is defined as an ArtPrize collaborative entry that includes a Lead Artist (over the age of 18) working in collaboration with two or more artists under the age of 18 and is part of a project or program organized by a K-12 school or an education-focused 501(c)(3) arts non-profit organization.

Here is how to register. Contact with questions.  

SmartArt Competition

ArtPrize is excited to team with Consumers Energy and Grand Rapids Public Schools to host the six annual SmartArt competition, which blends art with sustainability and environmental stewardship. GRPS High School students are invited to submit work using renewable energy and energy efficiency as themes -- to compete for a $1,000 college scholarship and the chance to have their work displayed during ArtPrize 10.

School Partners

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.​ Contact our Director of Learning & Engagement to find out more

Family + Visitor Activities

Art is meant to be experienced, but it's also fun to make! Unleash your creative spirit with these free activities and resources designed for artists of all ages.  

ArtPrize Labs Events

Join ArtPrize and our partners for fun hands-on activities at our Visitor Pavilion every Saturday during the event.  ArtPrize Labs sponsored by Grand Valley State University, Herman Miller Cares and Switch  

  • Sculpture Lab with Federik Meijer Gardens
  • STEAM Lab with the Air Zoo, FIRST Robotics and more!
  • Chair Camp with Grand Rapids Public Museum and Eames Education Office

ArtPrize STEAM Lab

Art generates creative thinkers who solve problems, drive innovation, inspire empathy and define culture. Creativity empowers the leading minds of the future. The STEAM Lab at ArtPrize 10 will be open to ArtPrize 10 visitors to experience the power of STEAM education. A full list of free events and activities is coming soon!

Open Hours (September 19 - October 7, 2018)

  • Monday - Sundays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

STEAM Lab powered by Switch

ArtPrize STEAM Cart

Hours & Locations (September 19 - October 7, 2018)

  • Monday - Coming soon
  • Thursday - Coming soon
  • Friday -  Coming soon

ArtPrize STEAM Cart powered by Switch  

ArtPrize Mobile Workshop

Hours & Locations (September 19 - October 7, 2018)

  • Wednesday - Ah Nab Awen Park, 4-7pm
  • Saturday - Ah Nab Awen Park, 4-7pm
  • Sunday - Coming soon.

ArtPrize Mobile Workshop sponsored by Herman Miller Cares

GO Scavenger Hunt

Energize your family’s experience with a city-wide ArtPrize scavenger hunt! Hunts are available for any size group and are great fun for all ages. Purchase tickets here. There is a cost, but a percentage of proceeds supports ArtPrize. Free scavenger hunts are also available for school groups -- contact to register.

Digital Resources

Download this quick reference sheet to pass along to chaperones, educators and students to help facilitate conversations about art. Everyone can use this simple tool to encourage conversation, connections and reflection.

  • 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 this artwork is successful? Why?

ArtPrize Discovery Deck

The ArtPrize Discovery Deck is an ongoing series of postcards that visitors can collect by completing art-based challenges. Each card celebrates a past winning entry, and instructions for an art activity based on the entry. There will be 12 cards released at ArtPrize 10, find them at the ArtPrize STEAM Lab at Rosa Parks Circle and around the city at the ArtPrize STEAM Cart and ArtPrize Mobile Workshop.

ArtPrize Family Activity Kit

Coming soon!

ArtPrize Labs is sponsored by Grand Valley State University, Herman Miller Cares and Switch.  

ArtPrize Inspired Lesson Plans

Discover different ways schools incorporated ArtPrize back in the classroom by visiting our blog.  If you have a lesson plan or story to share contact