ArtPrize has announced ArtPrize Education Days is returning along with a new year-round arts program called ArtPrize Labs. Both will launch at ArtPrize Seven and offer opportunities for children and families to learn more about art.

As ArtPrize continues to grow, that growth includes additional education opportunities for students and families.

“The entire ArtPrize event is a hands-on contemporary arts experience for all ages, filled with limitless opportunities to discover, learn and create,” noted ArtPrize Education Manager, Becca Guyette. “Through Education Days and ArtPrize Labs, we seek to provide authentic, intuitive programming that will cultivate future art patrons, creative professionals and active citizens.”

Education Days

Over 13,000 students and educators from around the state will head to downtown Grand Rapids for ArtPrize Education Days presented by PNC Bank. Students of all ages and their teachers are invited to take tours and enjoy programs, grants and educational resources.

Grants totaling $41,000 were given to the following groups in order to create programming with their artists for visiting students:

  • Artists Creating Together & Grand Rapids Downtown Market
  • Diocese of Grand Rapids
  • Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities & SiTE:LAB
  • Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum
  • Grand Rapids Art Museum
  • Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
  • Grand Rapids Public Museum
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Kendall College of Art & Design (in-kind partner)
  • St. Cecilia Music Center
  • Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

Educators interested in bringing their students to ArtPrize are encouraged to preview programming options.

Registration for Education Days programming is now open. Transportation grants are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Schools may apply to receive a grant of up to $100 to help offset field trip costs.

ArtPrize Labs

New for this year, ArtPrize Labs is a series of year-round learning opportunities sponsored by Amway, Grand Valley State University, and Herman Miller Cares. The program is expected to serve 8,000 children and their families in its first year.

ArtPrize Labs programming includes Saturday events with hands-on creative activities. ArtPrize will also offer Drop-In Studios throughout the 19-day event.

The Grand Rapids Art Museum will host Drop-In Family Saturdays and Sundays. Grand Rapids Children’s Museum will offer several Family Art Nights. The Children’s Museum will also bring back Kids ArtFest on Sheldon Blvd, with free outdoor art stations, performances and more. The Downtown Market will also host a family-friendly event.

ArtPrize Labs Schedule of Activities

  • 3D Studio | September 26 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the ArtPrize HUB
  • 2D Studio | October 3 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the ArtPrize HUB
  • Time-Based Studio | October 10 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the ArtPrize HUB
  • Drop-In Studios | September 23 - October 11 daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ArtPrize HUB, and 12-8 p.m. at the AccessArt Lounge. Note: Closed Saturdays.
  • GRAM Drop-In Family Saturdays | September 26 and 27; October 3, 4 and 10 from 1-4 p.m. at the Grand Rapid Art Museum
  • GRCM Family Art Nights | September 24, October 1 and 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
  • GRCM Kids Art Fest | September 27 from 12-5 p.m. outside the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
  • ACT Creative Lab | October 4 from 1-3 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market, in partnership with Artists Creating Together

ArtPrize Seven is September 23 to October 11, 2015 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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