Artprize Education Days

What Is ArtPrize?

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. WATCH VIDEO

ArtPrize Nine runs from September 20 - October 8, 2017


What Happens at ArtPrize Education Days

GVSU ArtPrize Education Days 2017 will provide the following for GVSU charter schools:


When Are the ArtPrize Education Days?

The GVSU ArtPrize Education days will be held on four days during late September and early October.

Dates for K-6 students: September 27-28, 2017

Dates for 7-12 students: October 4-5, 2017


2017 Theme

This year's theme for ArtPrize Education Days is STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) learning. Here's what you can expect to see when you get to GVSU:

Students in grades K-6

  • Special presentation from the Air Zoo located near Kalamazoo

Students in grades 7-12

  • Performing arts presentation from either (1) GVSU brass ensemble, (2) Bard to Go, an interactive theater group, or (3) Voice of GVSU, a student choir organization


Pre-ArtPrize Project: If you plan to attend ArtPrize Education Days, you will have the opportunity to participate in the GVSU CSO Art Exhibit. This is optional, but if your school chooses to partake, then student artwork will be put on display around GVSU during ArtPrize. Student projects should be related to the STEAM learning theme and must be completed prior to attending ArtPrize Education Days. 

We will need all pieces of art by September 15, 2017. 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


Important Forms

Bus Reimbursement



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