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Artprize Education Days

ArtPrize® is a radically open, independently organized international art competition and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

ArtPrize is recognized as the most-attended public art event on the planet according to The Art Newspaper, and was recently highlighted in The New York Times’ 52 Places To Go in 2016.

For 19 days in the early fall, around 400,000 attendees descend upon three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about what is art and why it matters. Art from around the world pops up in every inch of downtown in over 160 venues – museums, galleries, bars, restaurants, theaters, hotels, public parks, lobbies, buildings, walls, bridges, Laundromats and auto body shops – and it’s all free and open to the public.

It’s unorthodox, highly disruptive, and undeniably intriguing to the art world and the public alike. 

Artprize Education Days

GVSU ArtPrize Education Days 2016 will provide the following for GVSU charter schools:


  • Monday, Sept. 26
  • Tuesday, Sept. 27
  • Wednesday, Sept. 28
  • Thursday, Sept. 29
  • Friday, Sept. 30
  • Monday, Oct. 3


All spots are currently full. Please click here to be put on the waitlist. 

Theme for GVSU ArtPrize Education Days is Cultural Diversity. This theme will be covered in each presentation/painting completed by Artist Martina Hahn. In addition, we would like to create our own art exhibit where the students can send us their art to display during education days. 

Pre-ArtPrize Project: If you plan to attend ArtPrize Education Days, you will be asked to participate in the GVSU CSO Art Exhibit. This is optional, but if your school chooses to partake, then they will be entered in a drawing to take home one of the artist's paintings at the end of ArtPrize. You may see samples of Martina Hahn's work HERE.

The project will ask each student to paint, draw or color what they perceive as a different culture. This could be a person who looks different than them, a painting of meals, customs, even languages, and then have them write a short statement explaining why they believe this is different from what they know or do. Artist Martina Hahn will then integrate this into all programs with the message being that we are all really much more alike than we are different once we look past the surface.

We will need all pieces of art by September 20th. This means you will need to mail the art pieces, or one of our staff can pick up if they are at your school. Since this is so close to the beginning of the school year, you may provide them to use before the end of this year. 

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Abel or Amirah Vosburgh