ArtStart: Online Competition for Youth
ArtPrize® attracts artists from all over the world, but only adults can compete. What about the kids?
ArtStart: Online Competition for Youth is an open invitation for anyone under the age of 18 to participate in ArtPrize and showcase their artistic talents. And, in the spirit of ArtPrize, we kept the rules pretty simple:
ArtStart is open to anyone under the age of 18. Artwork may be any medium: creative writing, graphic novel, photography, video, illustrations, etc.
- be created as a response to an individual’s ArtPrize experience
- be educational in nature
- include at least three “ArtPrize elements”, such as references to specific Entries or themes
- be wholly original—no copyright violations!
Learn more in this "how-to" video, created in 2013 by the ArtPrize Education Youth Advisory Committee:
The competition is entirely online, so artwork must be submitted digitally. Most entrants submit photography of their submission. Please e-mail all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your submission is a video, please upload your video to YouTube and e-mail the link.
A panel of judges from the community and the ArtPrize Education Youth Advisory Committee will select 10 winners. The winners will be announced during the Public Vote Finalists Announcement. All winners will be awarded a gift that encourages them to continue making art. Good luck, and have fun!
Chair Camp is series of hands-on design workshops for students grades 1 – 12 created and led by Carla Hartman, Education Director of the Eames Office and granddaughter of legendary designers Charles and Ray Eames. Using recycled materials provided by Learning from Scratch, students construct miniature model chairs that will remain on display during ArtPrize. At the end of the event, the chairs are sorted by school and teachers and principals are invited to pick them up and return them to their students. For more information, download our Teacher Packets. Register your class for Chair Camp.
Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Days
During Early Childhood Days, the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum invites nearly 200 at-risk preschoolers in the Great Starts Readiness Program through the Grand Rapids Public Schools to participate with their caregivers in a special program focused on play. During the program, students engage in art and movement activities while their caregivers learn how play can be a valuable tool in teaching and therapy.
K-12 Partner Programs
Every year, ArtPrize partners with local arts and cultural institutions to provide a wealth of diverse educational opportunities for classrooms of all grade levels. Check out our Teacher Packets for program details, then register your school group and start planning your school trip!
Our 2013 partner institutions included:
- Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
- Grand Rapids Art Museum
- Grand Rapids Children's Museum
- Grand Rapids Public Library
- Grand Rapids Public Museum
- Grand Valley State University
- Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
- St. Cecilia Music Center
- Urban Institute for Contemporary Art
Kids Art Fest
Kids Art Fest is produced by the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. Check the events calendar for more details about specific activities, performances, and more.
Self-guided Tour for Families
When you bring your family to ArtPrize, you’re surrounded by so many rich educational opportunities it can be hard to know where to start. To help you help your kids soak in the ArtPrize experience, we put together a self-guided tour packet just for families with tips, activities, and questions to spark conversation about contemporary art. Get the self-guided tour packet for families.
ArtPrize Education Youth Advisory Committee
Help make ArtPrize your own by joining the ArtPrize Education Youth Advisory Committee! Each year, ArtPrize selects between eight and ten creative and highly motivated high school students to help shape art and education programming for kids and students under the age of 18. Download your application.
What You'll Do
As a committee member, you’ll meet at the ArtPrize offices in downtown Grand Rapids, MI on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 10:00 a.m. to Noon beginning in April. In the months leading up to the event, you will:
- advise and assist ArtPrize with the statewide ArtStart: Online Competition for Youth and serve as a juror;
- provide feedback to ArtPrize on existing programming;
- brainstorm other ways to engage young people during ArtPrize;
- help develop and launch NEW youth programming at ArtPrize;
- design and create multi-media promotional materials for ArtPrize youth programming;
- shape the future of ArtPrize.
In addition, as a member of the Youth Advisory Committee, you’ll serve as an ArtPrize ambassador in your school and community to help promote these programs.
How to Apply
To apply, you must be at least 14 years old and entering your sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school at the start of the upcoming school year.
As part of your application, you must include a one-paragraph recommendation from an adult who is not related to you who can speak to your leadership potential. Please note that you’ll also need your parent or guardian to sign off on the application.
The application period ends in mid March and reopens at the beginning of each year. Download your application.
Planning Your School Trip
School trips can be incredibly valuable and memorable for students, but we know that planning them is a lot of work. Here are a few guidelines and tips to help make things easier.
Download the Teacher Packet
You can find the latest version of this packet in the Downloads & Resources section.
Reserve your spot
Here’s how to register your students for a program during ArtPrize:
- Browse the full list of available education programs on the ArtPrize Eventbrite page and select one that’s a good fit for your class
- Indicate your class size (up to 50 students, though some programs have a smaller capacity) and reserve your tickets; be sure to mark your calendar!
- Check your e-mail and print one copy of your e-ticket; depending on the program, you may also receive additional information by e-mail from the ArtPrize Education Manager
You’re all set! On the day of your trip, just show up, bring your e-ticket (and your students), and have fun!
We require one chaperone for every 10 participating students, and chaperones must supervise and accompany their students at all times. Classroom teachers and chaperones are responsible for ensuring the students behave appropriately during their field trip.
- Food and drink CANNOT be brought into the Venues
- School backpacks are NOT allowed; please leave them at school or on the bus (small bags and purses are permitted)
- Please silence all cell phones inside Venues
- Flash photography is NOT permitted inside Venues
- DO NOT TOUCH the Artwork (both inside AND outside)
Participating Venues do not have the space to accommodate your school during lunchtime. Please feel free to bring a sack lunch and eat outside—Rosa Parks Circle is usually a great spot. Don’t forget to pick up your trash!
Students may be unloaded at the venue hosting their program. After which, all buses must park at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Parking Area.
If you don’t want to schedule a school bus and your school is located along the Rapid route, you can ride the Rapid downtown! Visit ridetherapid.org or call 616.456.7415 for routes and pricing information.
If you’re traveling by car or van, there are a lots of parking options in downtown Grand Rapids. The parking garage on Louis St. and Ionia St. offers one hour of free parking before 6 p.m., but other lots—or even metered street parking—may be more convenient or cost-effective for you. Explore your options at downtowngr.org.
Transportation Reimbursement Grants
Transportation reimbursement grants of up to $100 per school are available for travel to ArtPrize for class trips. Grants will be awarded on a first come, first served basis until funds run out. Applications, when available, can be found in the Downloads & Resources section.
Videotaping and Photography
There will be professional photographers at each program Venue, and video recording at some. If you or your students do not wish to be photographed or recorded, please avoid these areas. They will be clearly marked.
All educational programs are rain or shine! You will spend some of the day outside, so be prepared for inclement weather. Don’t forget your umbrellas if it looks like rain!
Education for Adults
For students and adults looking to explore and discuss contemporary art and why it matters, ArtPrize provides numerous opportunities to hear from internationally-recognized artists, curators, educators, and critics. Explore the full ArtPrize events calendar for all the details.
Every year, ArtPrize publishes educational resources designed to help you lead your family or classroom on a self-guided tour of ArtPrize. You can find the latest versions of the Self-guided Tour for Teachers and the Self-guided Tour for Families in the Downloads & Resources section.
For a less structured tour, pick up a copy of the ArtPrize Event Guide at the ArtPrize HUB or any Exhibition Center for routes and maps for self-guided ArtPrize Walking Tours through each ArtPrize neighborhood.
Curious about the thinking behind an ArtPrize Entry? The artist may have recorded a short statement! Look for the audio guide symbol next to the artist’s name to see if an audio guide is available. Educators and students can use their cell phones to dial into the audio guide and hear what the artist has to say about his or her artwork. Just follow the instructions on the label and listen.
Downloads & Resources
ArtPrize Education Youth Advisory Committee
If you're a creative and highly motivated student entering your sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school at the start of the upcoming school year, you're invited to apply for the ArtPrize Education Youth Advisory Committee!
The application requires a one-paragraph recommendation from an adult who is not related to you, and can speak to your leadership potential. Both you and your parent/guardian MUST sign an assurances page at the end of the application.
Applications are due March 14, 2014.
Education Days Teacher Packet
This comprehensive resource for teachers includes details and classroom activities for all educational programs and the Learning Standards for each program.
- Download the 2013 Teacher Packet for Early Childhod Programs
- Download the 2013 Teacher Packet for Elementary School Programs
- Download the 2013 Teacher Packet for Middle and High School Programs
Teachers must register in advance to participate in these programs. Each teacher may enroll up to 50 students.
Self-guided Tour for Teachers
Designed specifically for teachers who are unable to register their classroom for a formal program or educators leading a school group on their own, this information packet provides discussion questions and activities related to specific Entries to help guide your experience and understanding of contemporary art at ArtPrize.
Self-guided Tour for Families and Small Groups
Designed for parents, families, and curious individuals, this information packet provides discussion questions and activities related to specific Entries to help guide your experience and understanding of contemporary art at ArtPrize.
Special thanks to Screaming Gnat Studios for providing printed copies of the Self-Guided Tour for Families and Small Groups.
ArtPrize Family Programs
We've partnered with our ArtPrize Education Days venues to bring more programs for families! These programs will take place in the evenings and on weekends. Note that some programs require registration on Eventbrite.
ArtPrize Education Advisory Committee
- Erica Curry Van Ee (The Grantmaking School at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy)
- Maggie Malone (GRPS Department of Art, Music & Physical Education)
- Kim Pasquino (Start Garden)
- Becky Sawielski, (Palmer Elementary Preschool)
- Donna St. John (Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University)
- Janet L. Verity (Dickinson Elementary School)
ArtPrize Education Youth Advisory Committee
- Kaya Henderson (City High School)
- Lucas Knapp (City High School)
- Daniel Lopez (City High School)
- Kaleigh Van Overen (East Kentwood High School)
- Sara Vanderbaan (East Grand Rapids High School)
- Dakota Woodfill (Caledonia High School)
- Carly Wormmeester (East Grand Rapids High School)