ART IS MEANT TO BE EXPERIENCED, BUT IT'S ALSO FUN TO MAKE! ARTPRIZE LABS ENCOURAGED EVENT-GOERS TO UNLEASH THEIR CREATIVE SPIRITS.
ArtPrize Labs - sponsored by Grand Valley State University, Herman Miller Cares and Switch - popped-up around the city during ArtPrize Nine and engaged over 14,000 people of all-ages in unique experiential learning activities.
Seven arts and cultural organizations partnered with ArtPrize to provide a variety of family events and workshops throughout the city, including Artists Creating Together (pictured at right), Grand Rapids Public Museum and The Air Zoo.
The Drop-In Studio returned for a third year to the ArtPrize HUB/HQ - offering a quiet space and materials for visitors of all ages to explore their creative inspiration in a self-directed way. New for 2017, a second Drop-In Studio popped up at Rosa Parks Circle for the 19-day event.
Launched in 2016, the Mobile Workshop - presented by Herman Miller Cares - once again unfolded from a bicycle and toured around the ArtPrize district throughout the 19-day event, bringing pop-up art-making activities to thousands of visitors, all done with repurposed materials.
The Mobile Workshop was activated by teaching artist Eliza Fernand. Through her work as an artist and teacher, Eliza empowers communities by teaching self-sustaining skills, creating socially engaged projects that demystify the practice of artists, as well as encouraging cross-media collaboration.
FAMILY ACTIVITY KIT
ArtPrize distributed over 2,800 copies of this free, bilingual resource that provided activities and suggestions for families on ways to explore, create, imagine and learn together at the ArtPrize event.
FAMILY EXPERIENCE GUIDE
New in 2017, this simple, fun and interactive guide offered two stroller-friendly routes through the event - one perfect for young children with lots of parks and open spaces to pause and play, and one great for older kids with interactive art to encourage discussion and critical thinking for creative minds. Over 3,000 were distributed at ArtPrize HUBs, and visitors accessed the online resource nearly 6,200 times.