Through partnerships and granting programs, ArtPrize offered a wide-range of free programs and resources to schools during the 19 days of ArtPrize. Education Days created entry points for young audiences to explore contemporary art, discover unique perspectives, and ignite conversations about art and culture -- inspiring generations of artists and art-lovers.


In 2016, Education Days, presented by PNC Bank, brought over 18,800 students to ArtPrize from schools across the state of Michigan.


ArtPrize offered free programs designed for PK-12 school groups visiting ArtPrize Eight ranging from guided tours, poetry workshops, STEAM activities, artist-led presentations, design challenges and much more. Programs were administered by ArtPrize education staff, 14 different arts and cultural institutions throughout Grand Rapids, as well as professional teaching artist programs.

Program Highlights:

  • Early childhood educational events developed in collaboration with Head Start for Kent County, Grand Rapids Public Schools and Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative. 
  • ArtPrize guided tours focused on socially conscious art and public art entries. 
  • The Diatribe provided an interactive assembly of spoken word that explored empathy, celebrated individuality as well as commonalities.
  • The Mosaic Film Experience hosted an educational screening of The Fits.


$10,000 in transportation grants were awarded to schools to help offset field trip costs.      


Education Days online resources and lesson plans encouraged educators to deepen their students’ learning experience beyond their field trip.