School Field Trips

Vea "ArtPrize 101" en español.

Free Programs 

Register your school group for a meaningful art education experience through our FREE ArtPrize Education Days sessions. Download a progam guide below to learn more about this year's sessions and then register through our Eventbrite page below.

  • Register Here for all sessions (Registration opens August 16 at 9 a.m. ET)
  • Education Days Program Guide: Grades K-8 (Coming soon)
  • Education Days Program Guide: Grades 9-12 (Coming soon)

Early Childhood Fridays: Designed in partnership with early childhood providers, these fun educational events are designed for families and educators to explore, play and learn together at ArtPrize. Contact Becca, our Director of Learning & Engagement, to learn more, at

District-Wide Programs: Partner with ArtPrize to provide a district-wide field trip, event or program that compliments your curriculum. Contact Becca, our Director of Learning & Engagement, to schedule a meeting, at

Self-Guided Field Trips

 Looking for a self-guided experience for your school group? Our education staff is here to help! We're available to answer all your questions about bus parking and drop-off locations, and to design custom walking routes and itineraries. Contact our team at to schedule a planning session.

Transportation Grants / Bus Parking

Offset your school's transportation costs to ArtPrize with our Transportation Grants. Grants are limited to $100 per school and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. ArtPrize Education Transportation Grants sponsored by Domino’s and Deloitte.

  • Applications Open August 16 at 9 a.m. ET
  • 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. 

Programs provided by    

School Awards + Exhibitions

Youth Collaboration Award

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

To qualify, a YCA entry must be created by a team that includes a Lead Artist (over the age of 18) working in collaboration with two or more artists under the age of 18. The entry must be 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 learn how to register or contact our team at with questions.  

SmartArt Competition

ArtPrize is excited to team with Consumers Energy and Grand Rapids Public Schools to host the sixth annual SmartArt competition, which blends art with sustainability and environmental stewardship. GRPS High School students are 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.

ArtPrize Labs Events

Join ArtPrize and our partners for fun hands-on activities at our Visitor Pavilion every Saturday during the event. 

  • Sculpture Lab with Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
  • STEAM Lab with the Air Zoo, FIRST Robotics and more!
  • Chair Camp with Grand Rapids Public Museum and Eames Education Office

ArtPrize Labs sponsored by Grand Valley State UniversityHerman Miller Cares and Switch

ArtPrize STEAM Lab

Art generates creative thinkers who solve problems, drive innovation, inspire empathy and define culture. Creativity empowers the leading minds of the future. The STEAM Lab at ArtPrize will offer the opportunity for visitors to experience the power of STEAM education. A full list of free events and activities is coming soon!

Open Hours (September 19 - October 7, 2018)

  • Monday - Sundays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

STEAM Lab powered by Switch

ArtPrize Mobile STEAM Lab

Hours & Locations (September 19 - October 7, 2018)

  • Mondays - Coming soon
  • Thursdays - Coming soon
  • Fridays -  Coming soon

ArtPrize STEAM Cart powered by Switch  

ArtPrize Mobile Workshop

Hours & Locations (September 19 - October 7, 2018)

  • 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

GO Scavenger Hunt

Energize your family’s experience with a city-wide ArtPrize scavenger hunt. Hunts are available for groups of all sizes and are great fun for all ages. Tickets will be available soon. There is a cost, but a percentage of proceeds supports ArtPrize. Free scavenger hunts are also available for school groups. Contact our team at to register.

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.

ArtPrize Family Activity Kit

Coming soon!

ArtPrize Labs sponsored by Grand Valley State University, Herman Miller Cares and Switch.  

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