Art and Community Events
The mission of Cultivate art events is to connect and support the artist community, educate artists, and elevate careers to uplift the creative economy of West Michigan and beyond.
We believe that whether you are honing an old skill or learning a new one,
you will find inspiration and community here.
Cultivate Artist Professional Development Courses
The Cultivate Artist Professional Development series is designed for artists, creatives, and entertainers in West Michigan. Courses are taught by experts of their fields. Participants who complete the course will receive a continuing education certificate that they may use on their resumes or curriculum vitae.
Artist Open Studio
Open studio is for artists, makers, and creatives in West Michigan. Designed to connect the artistic community, we invite you to join us for evening of creativity, making of all kinds, and conversation. Always free.
Cultivate Art + Book Club
The Cultivate Art + Book club is to ignite creativity and learning with community. In this monthly book club experience, participants read the book, make art related to the book or artist, and discuss. In partnership with Schuler bookstore.
The Artist Critique night is a monthly evening where we share in critique and conversation about our work. Critiques and art criticism are a vital assessment tool for development and growth in the arts. By cultivating an atmosphere that encourages artistic risk-taking, we empower both artists and community members to advance their skills to advance to higher cognitive and creative levels. Such exercise has the potential to make art lessons more enjoyable and culturally relevant and to sharpen students’ perceptual skills and heighten their appreciation of the visual world around them.
Our critiques will serve the following purposes:
Grant the artist the opportunity to describe their work
Hold a kind, but constructive space and conversation for analysis of the art with the artist and group
Conversation about the interpretation of the piece(s) or body of work from the artist
Reviewing the work(s) with personal thoughts and assessment
Four artists may have their work critiques by the group in a meeting. Each artist will have about 25 minutes for both sharing their work and a group critique. Sign ups for critiques are located in the event pages.
Visiting Artist Lecture Series
The Cultivate Visiting Lecture series invites regionally and nationally recognized artists, critics, and curators for public lectures and presentations. This series will be announced soon.