ARTcation is a community wide collaboration between art and humanities
organizations that use downtown Grand Rapids as a learning laboratory. By
combining our resources, we provide students with free programming that
supports multi-sensory learning experiences and active curriculum investigations.
August 25, 2010
Dear Educators and Administrators,
ARTcation is back during ArtPrize this fall! After the success of last year’s program,
which served approximately 2,000 middle and high school students, the ARTcation
committee has expanded programming to include a full day for elementary students.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Friday September 24 9AM-2:45PM Middle and High School Students
Monday September 27 9AM-2:45PM Elementary School Students
This fall the umbrella theme is Empowerment of Choice. We want to empower educators
by providing them choices when structuring their ARTcation experience. This year
educators will choose to attend 2 presentations at participating venues and then can
explore other venues at their own pace to accommodate the needs of their students.
The ARTcation committee has created a self-guided resource for educators, available
from either artprize.org or uica.org, to assist them in their teaching and planning process.
SUB-THEMES, VENUES AND CULTURAL PARTNERSHIPS
Choosing to Make Connections at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
Watch a live performance of En la Profundidad: Into The Deep, choreographed
by Carolina Pava. In this performance dancers represent people living in an urban
environment who are so consumed with the pace of their lives and feelings of isolation
and suffocation, that they lack the ability to connect to each other. Come see if these
dancers can find ways to connect amongst themselves and their community.
Hosted by the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art and Grand Valley State University.
Artistic Expression Through Movement at the Grand Rapids Public Museum
Artistic expression is not limited to a still life oil painting or a ceramic vessel. It can
be expressed through the motion of ones body, the swaying of nature or music. It can
be felt even when there is no actual movement, whether it’s a sculpture of waves or
film about words. Movement, real or perceived, can elicit an emotional reaction that
affects both body and mind.
Hosted by the Grand Rapids Public Museum and the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids.
Choosing Public Art at Calder Plaza Public art can encourage thinking, become an
icon for an area and increase the quality of life for a community. The artists located
on Calder Plaza have created public art out of very different materials: steel, balloons,
t-shirts, and reclaimed objects. Explore these works of public art; what do you think?
Hosted by Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and the Grand Rapids Public Library.
From the Gobi to Grand Rapids: The Art of Making Felt at the Grand Rapids Art
Museum Artist Janice Arnold’s walk-through installation has transformed the Grand
Rapids Art Museum by using ancient techniques from across the globe. This hands-
on presentation will take you on a journey into the world of fiber and art. Experience
how Arnold has applied traditional methods to create dramatic contemporary works.
Hosted by the Grand Rapids Art Museum and Kendall College of Art and Design.
Did I Add or Did I Subtract? at the Pew Campus of Grand Valley State University.
Artists can put things together or remove material to create a piece of sculpture.
Through a series of hands on demonstrations and activities students will explore
these properties as they create works of art.
Hosted by Grand Valley State University and the Muskegon Museum of Art.
The ARTcation team has secured a small stipend to help schools with transportation
costs to and from downtown Grand Rapids. These stipends will be offered as
a reimbursement, on a first come first serve basis. More information is available
regarding reimbursements when you register. Buses may load and unload students at
any of the participating venues, all of which are fully accessible for all students.
To register your class, please contact Angela De Luca Placencia, Program Manager
at the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids, firstname.lastname@example.org or call
616 459 2787.
The ARTcation Education Committee:
Manager of Youth and Community Services at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
Director of Education and Expressive Arts at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
Professor of Art Education at Grand Valley State University
Education Director at the Grand Rapids Art Museum
Curator of Education at Grand Valley State University
Donna St. John
Assistant Professor of Art Education at Kendall College of Art and Design
Education Manager at the Grand Rapids Public Museum
Communications Manager at the Grand Rapids Public Library
Curator of Arts Education at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
Angela De Luca Placencia
Program Manager at the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids