Each year at ArtPrize, thousands of K-12th grade students take field trips to downtown Grand Rapids. Some classrooms take self-guided tours while many others attend free, fun, and robust educational programming led by our team and other local cultural institutions in the area. In 2017, we’re teaming up with sixteen local partner organizations to create this programming -- and registration will kick off later this summer, on August 28. Below are a few program highlights to give you a taste of what’s in store for educators and school groups coming to ArtPrize Nine this fall.

Several of our partners -- like the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Grand Rapids Public Museum, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, and Kendall College of Art & Design of Ferris State University -- feature tours of their ArtPrize exhibits, some including a hands-on art projects inspired by the exhibit.

Other partners like The Diatribe, Grand Valley State University, and the Mini Mogul program, will include an assemblage art project that students can take home with them. In an exciting and interactive program, Kevin Kammeraad and Friends will use a mixed format of wordplay, art, music, puppetry, and technology in an exciting, interactive program.

The Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum, the Cook Arts Center, Artists Creating Together, the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, and the Creative Youth Center will hold workshops where students will learn fun new skills.

The Creative Youth Center’s workshops for 7th-9th grade students will focus on Zine Making. In these sessions, kids will explore the interplay of visual imagery and text, including how to make choices favoring the use of one over the other or both. Students will explore the overlap between ways of working with the written word and visual art, from perspective and irony to audience and symbolism.

Registration for these programs, as well as registration for up to $100 in transportation reimbursement, will open August 28. Program guides and self-guided suggestions will be available online at artprize.org/learn mid-July.

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email our team at education@artprize.org.

By Allison Palm on