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Melody Schmidt

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Play became this artwork's theme because it offers an infinite number of positive benefits, from getting fun exercise to learning how to get along and build friendships. While volunteering at the Youth Commonwealth of Grand Rapids Boys and Girls Steil Club, sharing our many memories of playing outside at recess blossomed into a unanimous consensus that this single activity is probably the most important part of our school day. I agree! After creating this playground, I assisted the children in sketching kids to bring the playground community alive. My love for volunteering at the Steil Club stems from my own memory of building lifelong friendships at school "back in the day" and my passion for helping urban youth own these same experiences. I am the wife of a native Grand Rapids Westsider and the mother of 3 grown children who make me proud every day! I also am a 4th grade teacher at Sibley Elementary in Grand Rapids Public Schools and an Educational Specialist in Leadership graduate of Grand Valley State University.

Melody's ArtPrize Entries

These are Melody's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.

  • Photo of Fibers of Life

    Fibers of Life

    2017 ArtPrize Entry Melody Schmidt
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  • Photo of World Table

    World Table

    2016 ArtPrize Entry Melody Schmidt
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  • Photo of Recess Community

    Recess Community

    2015 ArtPrize Entry Melody Schmidt and the Steil Club Artists
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  • Photo of God Wastes Nothing

    God Wastes Nothing

    2014 ArtPrize Entry Melody Schmidt
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