ArtPrize 101

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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?

School Field Trips

ArtPrize Education Days

Designed for school groups visiting ArtPrize 10, these free educational sessions provide schools with meaningful arts education experiences and hands-on learning during your visit. The variety of sessions connects students to working artists, arts professionals and/or trained volunteers. Depending on grade-level, sessions help students discover personal connections to the arts, explore different studio practices and/or discover the artistic and design process. Programs are administered in partnership with arts and cultural institutions and align with National Core Art Standards. To select a session that is right for your school make sure to download an Educator Program Guide below and click the link to register.

  • Educator Program Guides (coming soon) 
  • Register Here (registration opens August 16 at 9 a.m. EST)

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.

Self-Guided Field Trips

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

District-Wide Field Trips & After-School Groups Partner with ArtPrize to provide a district-wide field trip or after school experience. Contact:

  • 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

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. 

A list of events, activities and resources for the ArtPrize 10 season is coming soon!

Mobile Workshop

Who made the Mobile Workshop? From 1996 to 2016, Cameron operated a design and fabrication studio here in Grand Rapids focused on commissioned and self-generated projects in furniture, residential interiors, public objects and experimental vehicles. His focus was to create exquisite, inspiring, high quality objects that serve our public and private experience. Cameron holds an MFA from the University of Michigan in 3D Design and a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Furniture Design and Fabrication. In 2016, Cameron began teaching design full-time and is now an assistant professor of Industrial Design at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. He says that he plans always to return to Grand Rapids each summer. Learn more about his work.

Who is activating the Mobile Workshop? After studying sculpture at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland Oregon, Eliza Fernand spent the last ten years attending artist residencies and pursuing a nomadic cross-country career that led her back to her home state of Michigan in 2014. As a teaching artist, she teaches at Cook Arts Center, KCAD Continuing Studies, and ArtPrize Education Days. Fernand has exhibited sculpture, video, performance and quilt works nationally, and has painted outdoor murals in multiple cities including Grand Rapids. Her work often involves public interaction and reusing discarded materials.

ArtPrize Labs is supported by

STEAM Village

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

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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. Each collaborative entry must include at least two artists under the age of 18 and a lead artist over the age of 18. 

Head to our blog to find a list of the ArtPrize Nine Youth Collaboration Award entries.

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