10 Years of Arts Education


ArtPrize® is an educational experience. During each ArtPrize event, Grand Rapids welcomes hundreds of artists and hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world. For 19 days, the city transforms into a learning laboratory where students, teachers and visitors have meaningful art education experiences.

Since 2009, ArtPrize has been inspiring the next generation of artists and art lovers through ArtPrize Education Days. More than 83,000 students from across the state of Michigan have visited ArtPrize to explore, create, experience contemporary art and participate in conversations about art and culture.

ArtPrize Education Days is presented by:

ArtPrize Education Days

For each ArtPrize event, our team works with leading cultural organizations as well as professional teaching artists to develop free ArtPrize Education Days programs. School groups can register for a free session to enrich their field trip experience.

Sessions range from 30 minutes to two hours, are based on national arts and integrated standards, and include activities to bring the energy and magic of ArtPrize back to your classroom. Below are different types of sessions we offer.

  • Workshops - explore different artistic processes and materials
  • Tours - discover outdoor art and/or thematic work with a professional guide
  • Events - curated hands-on activity stations with a curated walking route
  • Performances - thematic educational and interactive performances

Our 2020 Program Guides will be available to preview in July and registration will open in August.

Want to stay in-the-know? Sign up for our Education Days Insider newsletter to have Program Guides and the registration link delivered to your inbox as soon as they’re available.


Youth Education Days presented by PNC Bank
Teen Education Days sponsored by LIFEWTR

Self-Guided Experience & Digital Resources

In addition to our ArtPrize Education Days sessions, our team also helps school groups create self-guided ArtPrize experiences. Bring your school group to ArtPrize on your own schedule and explore. 

Before you do, the ArtPrize Education Team is happy to help with: 

  • Bus parking and drop-off locations
  • Custom itineraries and walking routes
  • Lesson plans 
  • And more.

Email us at education@artprize.org to get started.

Also be sure to check out the digital resources available below to help you create a self-guided experience to remember:

ArtPrize 101

Here is a fun and informational video to watch in your classroom to help prepare your class for their ArtPrize visit:

Vea "ArtPrize 101" en español.

Spark a Conversation

A quick-reference sheet to help chaperones, educators and students have meaningful conversation, connections and reflection at ArtPrize. View + Print

ArtPrize Discovery Deck

12 art-based challenges which celebrate past ArtPrize-winning entries. View + Print all 12 below:

Do you have a lesson plan or story to share? Email Becca, ArtPrize Director of Learning & Engagement, at becca@artprize.org.

Bus Grants

ArtPrize offers transportation grants, financial support to help educators offset the cost of bringing their school group to the event. Grants are limited to $100 per school and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applications open in August. Sign up for our ArtPrize Educators newsletter to be notified.

School Awards & Exhibitions

2020 Youth Collaboration Award

Presented by Grand Valley State University
Schools and eligible non-profit organizations serving K-12 students from across the US are invited to enter a collaborative piece into ArtPrize 2020 and compete for the Youth Collaboration Award (YCA), presented by Grand Valley State University. The winning entry will be selected by public vote and awarded a cash prize of $2,500.

Entering the 2020 YCA competition is easy:

  1. Email our team at education@artprize.org to let us know you're interested
  2. Complete the YCA waiver
  3. Register as an ArtPrize artist (April 13-June 4) and Connect with an ArtPrize venue (April 27-June 25). Our team will help you with this process.

Check out the 2018 YCA entries for inspiration.

2020 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.

ArtPrize Partner Schools

ArtPrize Partner Schools work closely with our team year-round to deepen their students' ArtPrize experience within the classroom. Email Becca, ArtPrize Director of Learning & Engagement, to find out more at becca@artprize.org.

Partner School Grants

Schools from around the state of Michigan will have the opportunity to apply for an ArtPrize Partner School Grant  to fund meaningful art projects inspired by students' ArtPrize 2020 experience. Educators must submit a proposal for consideration. A total of four schools will be selected and granted $500 each. 

Apply for an ArtPrize Partner School Grant by May 15