ArtPrize 101

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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?

School Field Trips

ArtPrize Education Days


Designed for school groups visiting ArtPrize, these free programs are administered by leading arts and cultural institutions, include National Core Art Standards, integrated standards and learning objectives. 

Review programs by grade level below, then register here (registration opens August 28 at 9 a.m. EST).

Transportation Grants & Bus Parking 

Offset your school's transportation costs to ArtPrize. Grants are limited to $100 per school and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Self-Guided Visits 

Schedule a meeting with ArtPrize to plan a self-guided field trip. Contact:

District-wide & After-school Groups Partner with ArtPrize to provide a district-wide field trip or after school experience

  • Early Childhood Fridays are district-wide field trips designed in partnership with Head Start for Kent County, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative, and Grand Rapids Public Schools so families and educators can explore, play and learn together at ArtPrize.

ArtPrize Education Days Presented By 

Family Activities

ArtPrize Labs

Art is meant to be experienced, but it's also fun to make! Unleash your creative spirit with these free activities and resources designed for artists of all ages. Click here for a full list of events and make sure to download an ArtPrize Family Activity Kit.

Family Activity Kits: Download an ArtPrize Family Activity kit, available in English or Spanish below, to find unique experiential learning opportunities at the event this fall.

Studios: Visit a drop-in studio for a self-directed creative experience.

Studio Events: Attend a studio event featuring hands-on art activities and creative experiments at Rosa Parks Circle.

  • 3D Experiments. 9/23 12PM-3PM Join ArtPrize Labs and Herman Miller Cares in building a gigantic temporary cardboard installation at Rosa Parks Circle. This event is inspired by the Eames Office, Carton City and the Global Cardboard Challenge. While at the event, make sure to create something out of repurposed materials at the ArtPrize Mobile Workshop and stay for pop-up activities all around Monroe Center.
  • Drawing Experiments. 9/30 Noon-3PM Join ArtPrize Labs and Newell Brands for a fun-filled afternoon of drawing and coloring. ArtPrize visitors of all ages are welcome to join in the fun as we work together to color a HUGE sharpie mural as well as participate in collaborative drawing activity stations. Make sure to stay for pop-up activities* all around Monroe Center.
  • Painting Experiments. (9/23 Noon-3PM) Join ArtPrize Labs and the Air Zoo as we send paint flying from two different types of catapult systems, launching paint-covered objects at a canvas to create colorful collaborative impact art, try your hand at pendulum painting and add to an experimental painting using robots and other unique objects to paint with. Make sure to stay for pop-up activities* all around Monroe Center including the ArtPrize Mobile Workshop and create something out of repurposed materials.

Mobile Workshop: Stop by the mobile workshop for pop-up art-making activities with repurposed materials. 


Who made the Mobile Workshop? From 1996 to 2016 Cameron operated a design and fabrication studio here in Grand Rapids focused on commissioned and self generated projects in furniture, residential interiors, public objects, and experimental vehicles. His focus was to create exquisite, inspiring, high quality objects that serve our public and private experience. Cameron holds an MFA from the University of Michigan in 3D Design and a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Furniture Design and Fabrication. In 2016 Cameron began teaching design full time and is now an assistant professor of Industrial Design at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. He says that plans always to return to Grand Rapids each summer. To learn more about his work go

Who is activating the Mobile Workshop? After studying sculpture at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland Oregon, Eliza Fernand has spent the last ten years attending artist residencies and pursuing a nomadic cross-country career that led her back to her home state of Michigan in 2014. As a teaching artist, she teaches at Cook Arts Center, KCAD Continuing Studies, and ArtPrize Education Days. Fernand has exhibited sculpture, video, performance, and quilt works nationally, and has painted outdoor murals in multiple cities including Grand Rapids. Her work often involves public interaction and reusing discarded materials.

Partner Events: Attend one or all of our free partner events. 

  • GRAM Studio: 9/23, 9/24, 9/30, 10/1, 10/7 and 10/8, 1-4 p.m.
  • Kid’s Art Fest: 9/24, 12-4 p.m.
  • GRKids Stroller Tours-Shapes and Colors: 9/27, 9:45 a.m.
  • GRKids Stroller Tours- Animals + The Outdoors: 9/27, 11:00 a.m.
  • Lions & Rabbits - Color Emotion: 9/25, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Lions & Rabbits- Family Collaboration: 9/30 and 10/7,  11 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Lions & Rabbits- Swing Dancing: 9/26 and 10/3, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Lions & Rabbits-Recycled Costume Design: 10/4, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Artists Creating Together - Alphabet Soup: 10/1, 12-3 p.m.

ArtPrize Labs is supported by

STEAM Village

Schools and visitors of all ages are invited to drop by our unique learning lab experience in the STEAM Village located at HUB/HQ open daily 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

FIRST® Robotics: Step into a drawing arena with  FIRST® Robotics teams from Grand Rapids Public Schools, East Kentwood and Flint. ArtPrize visitors will be able to control the robots—making them move, draw and erase in the arena. At least one of the FIRST Robotics teams will be in the STEAM Village each day of the ArtPrize event, demonstrating their robots’ unique skills and assisting visitors in handling them.

KCAD Design/FlexLab:  Casey Newberg—senior at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD)—will engage visitors in a pop-up interactive design and production studio that demonstrates the intersection of art and technology, and highlights KCAD FlexLab. The display will include a 3D printer along with an electroforming bath, studio artifacts, finished works by Newberg, as well as a question and response workshop area where ArtPrize visitors will help inform Newberg's art making process.

Tinker Tables & Pop-Up Workshops -  Axis Labs, The Geek Group, Grand Circus and Treefort will be making drop-in appearances throughout the 19-day event, bringing visitors a 3D printing demonstration, pop-up laser cutter workshops, and a VR station. Be sure to create your own work of art using 3D pens, BrushBots and explore the history of vitual reality. Activities change weekly so there is always something new to do! 


FIRST® robotics teams can register here for the FIRST® robotics parade and keynote event on October 5.

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ArtPrize Partner Schools

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.


SmartArt Competition

ArtPrize is excited to team up with Consumers Energy and Grand Rapids Public Schools to host the fifth annual SmartArt competition, which blends art with sustainability and environmental stewardship. GRPS High School students are invited to submit their work using renewable energy and energy efficiency as themes -- to compete for a $1,000 college scholarship, the chance to have their work displayed during ArtPrize Nine, and other great prizes. Watch the video below to learn more.

Check out the finalists’ artwork on display during ArtPrize Nine, and be sure to watch the ArtPrize Nine Public Vote Final 20 Announcement on October 1, where the SmartArt competition's top winner will be announced.

SmartArt Competition Presented By  

Youth Collaboration Award

The Youth Collaboration Award sponsored by Western Michigan University, offers any school or eligible non-profit organization serving K-12 students the opportunity to enter a collaborative piece into ArtPrize Nine and compete for a $5,000 cash prize, awarded by public vote. Once registered entries are elible to be displayed during the 19-day event for hundreds of thousands of visitors. ArtPrize and Western Michigan University will announce the winner at the Ninth Annual ArtPrize Awards, broadcast live on WOOD TV8. Each collaborative entry must include at least two artists under the age of 18 and a lead artist over the age of 18. 

Head to our blog to find a list of the ArtPrize Nine Youth Collaboration Award entries.

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