School Field Trips

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Free Programs 

School groups participated in meaningful art education experiences through our FREE ArtPrize Education Days sessions. Download a program guide below to learn more about 2018 sessions.

Self-Guided Field Trips

Our team helped school groups create self-guided experiences of the 2018 event, answering questions about bus parking, drop-off locations, custom walking routes, itineraries and more.

Below are a few inspirational resources that helped educators plan their ArtPrize 10 experience:

  • Here are lessons designed by ArtPrize educators. Take a peek! These are examples on how themes can be used to design a field trip experience at ArtPrize. 
  • Planning a visit to Frederik Meijer Gardens during ArtPrize 10? Here are lesson plans by DisArt that can help you expand your field trip back into the classroom.


Transportation Grants / Bus Parking

Transportation grants were available to educators to help offset their school's transportation costs to ArtPrize. Grants were limited to $100 per school and were awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. ArtPrize Education Transportation Grants sponsored by Domino's and Deloitte. 

  • Download a Bus Parking Map
  • School groups can ride the Rapid, the public transportation in Grand Rapids, for only 25¢ a person! You must contact the Rapid ahead of time to schedule your trip. 

School Awards + Exhibitions

Youth Collaboration Award

Schools and eligible non-profit organizations serving K-12 students from across the US were invited to enter a collaborative piece into ArtPrize and compete for the Youth Collaboration Award (YCA), sponsored by Western Michigan University. YCA entries competed for one of two cash prizes: $2,500 awarded by public vote and $2,500 awarded by jury.

To qualify, a YCA entry must have been created by a team that included a Lead Artist (over the age of 18) working in collaboration with two or more artists under the age of 18. The entry must have been part of a project or program organized by a K-12 school or an education-focused 501(c)(3) arts non-profit organization.

Click here to see the ArtPrize 10 YCA entries

SmartArt Competition

ArtPrize was excited to team with Consumers Energy and Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) to host the sixth annual SmartArt competition, which blended art with sustainability and environmental stewardship. GRPS High School students were 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.

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 Becca, our Director of Learning & Engagement, to find out more at

Family + Visitor Activities

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

Learn about our 2018 family + visitor activities below:

GO Scavenger Hunt

Energize your family’s experience with a city-wide ArtPrize scavenger hunt. Hunts were available for groups of all sizes and were great fun for all ages. There was a cost, but a percentage of proceeds supported ArtPrize. Free scavenger hunts were also available for school groups.

Family STEAM Lab (Sept. 22, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

Join ArtPrize, The Air Zoo and FIRST Robotics for fun hands-on activities at the ArtPrize Visitor Pavilion. Design your own robot, try your hand at engineering with giant blocks, explore the chemistry of paint, ink, and other art materials as well as create your own 3D object using a computer program called SketchUp.

Family Sculpture Lab (Sept. 29, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

Join Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park at the ArtPrize Visitor Pavilion for the Family Sculpture Lab event. Assemble a Stabile using metal pieces, magnets and wire inspired by Alexander Calder and test out the theories of movement, balance, and symmetry.

Family Chair Camp (Oct. 6, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

Join the Grand Rapids Public Museum and the Eames Education Office for a special edition of Family Chair Camp. Carla Hartman, granddaughter of Ray and Charles Eames and creator of the Chair Camp program will share stories from the Eames family, elements of design and past chairs that have inspired her. With your family, use repurposed materials from Learning From Scratch as the source of inspiration to create a very unique and personal miniature chair.   

STEAM Lab (Open Daily Sept. 19 - Oct. 7, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)

Stop by the ArtPrize STEAM Lab powered by Switch for free hands-on creative fun for all ages that combine the power of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

Mobile STEAM Lab

While at ArtPrize, be sure to visit the ArtPrize Mobile STEAM Lab powered by Switch for fun creative challenges based on past ArtPrize winners.

2018 open hours + locations:

  • Mondays - Fridays - Rosa Parks Circle, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Saturdays - Ah Nab Awen Park, 4-7pm
  • Sundays - Calder Plaza, Noon-6 p.m.

Mobile Workshop

Pop-up art making activities with repurposed materials inspired by contemporary art practices. The ArtPrize Mobile Worshop is active at many community events in the summer and spring months as well as during the 19-days of ArtPrize, for a full listing of community events contact Below are locations during ArtPrize 10 (Sept. 19 - Oct. 7).

2018 open hours + locations:

  • Wednesdays - Ah Nab Awen Park, 4-7pm
  • Saturdays - Ah Nab Awen Park, 4-7pm
  • Sundays - Calder Plaza, Noon-6 p.m.

ArtPrize Mobile Workshop sponsored by Herman Miller Cares

Internship Program

ArtPrize is dedicated to connecting young people to the arts through a variety of learning opportunities, helping to foster a sustainable future for the local and national arts communities.

The ArtPrize Internship Program provides college students from across the region with paid internships and serves as a way to advocate for professional development opportunities for higher education students in art and design related fields. 

ArtPrize 10 Internship Program Underwritten By

KCAD is celebrating 90 years as an innovator in art and design education, and strives to cultivate a student-centered learning community that fuels the regional economy with creative leaders and critical thinkers who approach their work with a global perspective.

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

Complete art-based challenges and collect the complete series of ArtPrize Discovery Deck postcards! Each card celebrates a past ArtPrize-winning entry, and includes instructions for an art activity based on the entry. Find the 12 cards created for ArtPrize 10 at the ArtPrize STEAM Lab at Rosa Parks Circle and around the city at the ArtPrize STEAM Cart and ArtPrize Mobile Workshop.

Download all 12 now:

ArtPrize Labs Family Activity Kit

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