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City Wide Interactive Exploration of the Artist's Way 

The Artist's Way Project is an innovative initiative in Grand Rapids, rooted in the creative principles of Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way." It's designed to enrich the city's cultural fabric, with a particular focus on engaging local artists, especially from marginalized communities. The project aims to cultivate diverse and inclusive public art programs, contributing significantly to the mental well-being of both participants and the broader community.

What It Includes
1. **Artist Workshops:** We're hosting 12 weekly workshops, providing artists with tools and techniques to explore and expand their creative practices, directly inspired by "The Artist's Way."
2. **Guerrilla Art Initiatives:** Temporary public art installations will be used to activate urban spaces, engaging the public in meaningful art dialogues.
3. **Speaker Series and Performances:** A range of events featuring diverse voices in art, culture, and mental health will complement the creative journey of the workshops.
4. **Community Engagement:** Interactive sessions and collaborative projects will actively involve the community, fostering a sense of ownership and pride in the local arts scene.

- **Promote Creative Expression:** We aim to enhance both personal and collective creative practices, following the philosophy of "The Artist's Way."
- **Support Marginalized Artists:** The project provides equitable opportunities for artists within 100 miles of Grand Rapids, with a focus on those from marginalized backgrounds.
- **Mental Health and Resilience:** By making creativity a tool for mental wellness, we aim to foster a nurturing environment for all participants.
- **Community Enrichment:** Our goal is to enliven public spaces with art that reflects the community’s diversity and promotes psychological safety.
- **Sustainable Practice:** We strive to establish a sustainable model for ongoing artist support and community engagement that endures beyond the project's lifespan.

What IS an interactive City-Wide exploration of a book?

The Artist's Way project is a dynamic and multifaceted art project that goes beyond the traditional boundaries of art installations and community events.  Participants can be any age, and are invited to explore, create, and enjoy art on a number of different levels. This project incorporates secret missions with acts of kindness, as well as dialogue and personal reflection, to awaken participants' inner child and inspire creativity city-wide.


Through interactive installations, guerilla art interventions, community events, and secret missions, participants are encouraged to engage in acts of kindness and creativity that spread art, positivity, and inspiration throughout the city.


The project also encourages personal reflection and dialogue, inviting participants to connect with their inner selves and explore their creative potential. By blending these various elements, the City-Wide Exploration of the Artist's Way offers a unique and holistic approach to community engagement and creative expression, inspiring individuals to embrace their creativity and make a positive impact on the world around them.

Learn about the Artist's Way

"The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron is a fundamental book for anyone seeking to unleash their creativity and overcome creative blocks. This book is not just for artists, but for anyone who wants to live a more fulfilling and authentic life.

Cameron's approach is practical and accessible, with exercises that are easy to follow and can be integrated into daily life. The concept of "Morning Pages" has become a staple in many people's daily routines, as a way to clear the mind and tap into one's inner creativity.

What sets this book apart is Cameron's emphasis on self-care and self-compassion. She encourages readers to treat themselves with kindness and to nurture their inner child, which can be a powerful way to overcome self-doubt and fear.

"I recommend this book to anyone who has ever felt stuck in their creative endeavors. It's a game-changer." - Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love"

"The Artist's Way is a groundbreaking book on the subject of creativity that has helped countless people break through their creative blocks and start living more authentic, fulfilling lives." - Brene Brown, author of "Daring Greatly"

"The Artist's Way" has received rave reviews from many readers, who credit the book with helping them to tap into their creativity and live more fulfilling lives. It has been called a "must-read" for anyone seeking to unlock their potential. This book has the power to transform the way you think about yourself and your creative potential, and it is a valuable tool for personal growth and development.

What are morning pages?

Get the Book

Connect with others!

See videos and research on this seminal book

How do I start? 

What do you mean by "secret missions?"

Join us for the Artist's Way Project's secret missions —

these are invitations to spread kindness, play, and creativity in our community.


Participate and create a more compassionate world

Embrace acts of kindness, bring joy to others, and let the impact ripple

Engage in playful gestures that weave magic and wonder

Let's unite, transform, and become agents of change

These are practices based in guerilla art and interactive art - for example: buy a coffee for a stranger, or build a fort (as an adult), or leave flyers around town with words of affirmation and kindness.  We share all of them in the link below. Some results will be known, others remain a mystery.

Take photos of the art and cool things you see - share with the hashtag #artistswaygrandrapids and it will populate below

Our Partners 

This work is made possible with funding and support from the City of Grand Rapids. 

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We are grateful to work with many other partners in our community. 


How to Get Started?

People of any age can be a part of this exciting movement and connect with others who share their passion for creativity.

Hop on in, and participate any and all of the following ways - 

Buy the book (ideally at your local bookstore!) we recommend Books and Mortar if you're in/around Grand Rapids

See our scavenger hunts at parks and spaces around the city, play along there 

Take photos of the art and cool things you see - share with the hashtag #artistswaygrandrapids and it will populate below

Attend Monday nights Art in the Park at Rosa Parks Circle June 12 - August 21, from 6-8pm, for interactive art installations, play, and explorations.  This night is always free, and provides a meeting space for this project. This is an opportunity for people to meet, discuss, and explore the new idea of the week. This meeting is open to everyone and will provide a space for people to connect with others who share their passion for creativity and engage in meaningful discussions about the project.

Be in on the secret missions and guerilla art! People can sign up for the weekly newsletter that provides weekly self-reflection questions and news about the project, as well as upcoming work/art assignments, and meeting dates.

The newsletter will be sent out on Thursdays of each week.


Artist Date Idea:

Visit a museum or art gallery and spend time looking at different works of art.


Take a walk in nature and observe your surroundings


Try a new cuisine or restaurant that you've never been to before


Visit a botanical garden or park and take in the scenery


Attend a live music performance or concert

What is an Artist Date? 

In Julia Cameron's book "The Artist's Way," an "artist date" is a key tool for unlocking creativity and fostering inspiration. Essentially, an artist date is a solo excursion that you take for the purpose of nurturing your creative side.

During an artist date, you do something that inspires you or sparks your imagination. This could be anything from visiting a museum or art gallery, taking a long walk in nature, or exploring a new part of town. The key is to do something that you find enjoyable and that gets your creative juices flowing.

The purpose of an artist date is to provide you with the time and space you need to connect with your inner artist and fuel your creativity. By taking this time for yourself and engaging in activities that you find inspiring, you'll be able to recharge your creative batteries and tap into your innate creativity.

Artist dates are meant to be fun and enjoyable, so it's important to choose activities that you genuinely enjoy and that speak to your interests. With regular artist dates, you'll find that your creative well is constantly being refilled, and you'll be better equipped to approach your artistic endeavors with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

Everyone has the capacity for creativity, and like a muscle, it needs to be exercised regularly to develop and improve. Whether it's coming up with new ideas, solving problems, or expressing oneself through art, music, or writing, creativity is an essential aspect of human life.

Join us in this project and make a conscious effort to engage in creative activities. Let's see what happens when we do creatives practices across the city how it can enhance our lives and the city in ways we never thought possible.

Start here

To prepare for this project and doing "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron, we recommend the following steps:

Get the book and a journal or notebook to use for the exercises.
Create a regular time and space for your daily practice, ideally in the morning.
Start each day with "Morning Pages," three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing.
Take yourself on an "Artist Date" once a week, where you do something fun and inspiring.
Work through the beginning chapters to prepare for this creative 12-week journey.
Connect with our supportive community of fellow creatives!
Be open and curious, and allow yourself to experiment and make mistakes along the way.
Remember that the creative process is a journey, and the most important thing is to keep showing up and doing the work.

Click on the weeks below to explore the weeks below to see the work
that we're doing. 

Each week we will do the following things -

Interactive art at Rosa Parks Circle
Guerilla art
Secret mission based in play
Secret mission based in creativity
Secret mission based in a random act of kindness 
Community work
Discussion group
Reading the chapter
Morning pages
Artist dates

Participants of this project can choose one or all of the things to explore. Almost every one of these activities are free, and you can hop in or out of the project as you wish. 

Prep Work - May 25 - June 11, 2023

See how we recommend preparing for the Artist's Way Project.  Watch videos on this work, and see the first secret missions! 

Week One - June 11 - 17, 2023

See our work at Rosa Parks Circle and within the community as we begin this project! 

Week Two

Cameron suggests that our creative self is often buried beneath layers of cultural conditioning and other people's expectations. What are some of the messages you received growing up about what it means to be creative, and how have those messages influenced your own sense of identity as an artist?

In the chapter on "Recovering a Sense of Identity," Cameron encourages readers to remember what they loved to do as children. What were some of your favorite creative activities as a child, and do you still engage in them today?
Cameron argues that "the creative child is alive in each of us." What does this statement mean to you, and how do you connect with your own creative inner child?

Week Three

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