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ArtPrize Education 2023

Cultivate is a proud partner of ArtPrize for this year's Education Days.  Sharing a new comprehensive approach to Education Days, we are putting equity, accessibility, and multiple learning styles and engagements at the forefront of our learning.  All of our activities are made available for free, to ensure that all students may have access to high-quality arts education and programming.


Please see below for details of each of our contributions this year.  

ArtPrize, the renowned international art competition, and Cultivate recognize the transformative power of art and its significant impact on both the community and K-12 education. Through its commitment to art education, ArtPrize strives to foster a deeper appreciation for the arts, ignite creativity, and provide invaluable learning opportunities for individuals of all ages.

Art education plays a vital role in the community, offering numerous benefits that extend far beyond the confines of a classroom. By engaging with art, community members gain access to diverse perspectives, cultural understanding, and critical thinking skills. Together, ArtPrize and Cultivate serve as a catalyst for this engagement, showcasing a wide range of artistic expressions and creating opportunities for meaningful dialogue and connections among community members.

For K-12 students, art education is a powerful tool that nurtures their intellectual, emotional, and creative development. Through art, students explore their unique identities, express themselves, and develop essential skills such as problem-solving, collaboration, and self-confidence. These actions in the greater community play a crucial role in enhancing art education by providing a platform for students to showcase their talents, exhibit their artwork, and gain recognition for their creativity.

The impact on K-12 education extends beyond the competition itself. The organization actively collaborates with schools, educators, and community partners to develop comprehensive art programs and resources. These initiatives promote the integration of art into the curriculum, fostering interdisciplinary learning and providing students with opportunities to engage with art across various subjects. By incorporating art into K-12 education, they cultivate a well-rounded educational experience that sparks imagination and encourages lifelong learning.

Moreover, art education nurtures essential 21st-century skills that are increasingly sought after in today's world. Creativity, innovation, and visual literacy are highly valued in diverse professional fields, including design, technology, and entrepreneurship. By equipping students with a solid foundation in art, these organizations empower them to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and creative contributors to society.

Art education also has the power to create a more inclusive and equitable society. By exposing students to diverse artistic perspectives, cultures, and histories, ArtPrize and Cultivate foster empathy, cultural appreciation, and a sense of global citizenship. Through art, students develop a deeper understanding and respect for different identities and experiences, fostering a more inclusive and compassionate community.

The importance of art education cannot be overstated, and ArtPrize and Cultivate recognize the transformative potential it holds for the community and K-12 education. By promoting art engagement, supporting educators, and providing platforms for student creativity, they enrich the community and nurture the next generation of artists, thinkers, and engaged citizens. Through the power of art education, ArtPrize and Cultivate pave the way for a more vibrant, diverse, and culturally enriched society.

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Art Magazines 

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Art magazines tailored for different grade levels provide an exciting opportunity to engage students with the art and artists of ArtPrize while aligning with Common Core Standards. These magazines, carefully scaffolded for grades K-3, 4-8, and 9-12, serve as valuable resources for educators to integrate art appreciation, critical thinking, and creative exploration into their classrooms.

For grades K-3, the art magazines introduce young students to the diverse world of art through age-appropriate content and interactive activities. They feature vibrant images of artworks from ArtPrize, inviting students to explore colors, shapes, and emotions expressed by the artists. The magazines also incorporate simple art exercises that encourage hands-on creativity, helping students develop fine motor skills and express their ideas visually.

In grades 4-8, art magazines delve deeper into the art and artists of ArtPrize, fostering a deeper understanding of artistic concepts and techniques. They provide engaging articles that introduce students to various art forms, such as painting, sculpture, and installation art. Students learn about the artists' inspirations, creative processes, and the cultural and historical contexts behind their works. Interactive exercises challenge students to analyze and interpret artworks, strengthening their critical thinking and visual literacy skills.

For grades 9-12, art magazines offer more complex and thought-provoking content that aligns with the academic rigor of high school. They delve into contemporary art movements, artistic philosophies, and the social impact of art. Students explore the themes and narratives within the ArtPrize exhibition, sparking discussions on identity, social justice, and environmental issues. The magazines also provide prompts for art critiques, encouraging students to articulate their interpretations and opinions about the artworks they encounter.

By scaffolding for different grade levels and incorporating Common Core Standards, these art magazines provide educators with a structured framework to integrate art education into their curriculum seamlessly. They support language arts standards by promoting reading comprehension, written and oral communication skills, and critical analysis. Additionally, they foster cross-curricular connections, linking art with history, social studies, and language arts.

Art magazines tailored to different grade levels not only expose students to the diverse artistic expressions showcased at ArtPrize but also encourage creativity, cultural appreciation, and critical thinking. They empower students to explore their own artistic abilities and develop a deeper understanding of the world through visual language. By integrating art into education in a standardized and engaging manner, these magazines make art more accessible and meaningful for students of all ages.

2023 Art Magazines will be distributed to ArtPrize field trip participants, students across West Michigan, and visitors of ArtPrize.  

Art Videos

We have teamed up with Carbon Stories, a renowned local group, to create an exciting and informative five-part video series. With a mission to demystify the arts, this collaboration aims to engage audiences of all ages and foster a deeper understanding and appreciation for artistic expressions.

The first video in the series showcases a diverse range of Grand Rapids artists who share their work, inspirations, challenges, and invaluable advice for young artists. By providing a glimpse into the artists' personal journeys, this video offers a unique opportunity to learn from experienced creatives, drawing inspiration and guidance from their stories.

The second video takes viewers on a fascinating exploration of the spaces and places where artists work. From studios to unconventional workspaces, audiences gain insight into the creative environments that inspire and shape artists' artistic processes. This video highlights the importance of nurturing a conducive space for artistic expression and showcases the diversity of artistic practices within the community.

In the third video, viewers are introduced to the various forms of art that they can vote for at ArtPrize. Exploring the realms of 2D, 3D, time-based, installation, and digital art, this video provides a comprehensive overview of the different mediums and techniques used by artists participating in the competition. By shedding light on these distinct forms, audiences gain a deeper understanding of the breadth and depth of artistic possibilities.

The fourth video engages audiences by addressing common questions about art. Through interviews with artists, viewers are invited to explore thought-provoking inquiries and gain insights into the artists' perspectives. This video encourages dialogue and invites viewers to reflect on their own questions, further bridging the gap between the artist and the audience.

Finally, the fifth video raises the question of what art can teach us. It features community partners, professors, and experts who share their perspectives on the value and significance of art in society.


By exploring the transformative power of art, this video underscores its ability to inspire, challenge, and provoke thought, fostering a deeper appreciation for its role in our lives.

Field Trips

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We are thrilled to announce two immersive field trip experiences designed specifically for students in grades K-12. Taking place on weekdays during ArtPrize, these field trips offer a unique opportunity for teachers, students, parents, and guardians to explore the vibrant world of ArtPrize, engage in hands-on art experiences, and create lasting memories.

During these field trips, participants will embark on a guided tour of ArtPrize, delving into the captivating artworks exhibited throughout the city. Led by knowledgeable guides, students will have the chance to observe and appreciate a diverse range of artistic expressions, from stunning paintings to awe-inspiring sculptures. The tour will encourage students to explore their own interpretations of the artworks, fostering critical thinking and visual literacy skills.

In addition to the guided tour, the field trips include exciting hands-on art experiences that allow students to unleash their creativity. Led by talented artists and educators, these interactive activities provide a chance for students to actively engage with art materials and techniques. Whether it's painting, sculpting, or mixed media, these experiences foster artistic expression, experimentation, and the joy of creating something unique.

These field trips are designed to ignite a passion for art, spark curiosity, and provide a holistic learning experience outside the traditional classroom setting. By immersing students in the vibrant atmosphere of ArtPrize, they will gain a deeper appreciation for art, learn about diverse artistic styles, and understand the significance of public art in our communities.

Cultivate and ArtPrize are dedicated to making these field trips inclusive and accessible to students of all backgrounds. Efforts are made to ensure that the experiences align with grade-level curricula and provide opportunities for interdisciplinary learning. Additionally, teachers are encouraged to incorporate the field trips into their lesson plans, extending the impact of the experience beyond the event itself.

Curriculum for Teachers 

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We are excited to announce an innovative curriculum is designed to seamlessly integrate with the art magazines created by Cultivate, providing educators with valuable resources that align with Common Core Standards and promote STEAM education for students of all ages and grade levels.

The curriculum incorporates art-focused lessons that go hand in hand with the content of the art magazines. Each lesson is carefully aligned with specific Common Core Standards, ensuring that teachers can effortlessly integrate art education into their classroom instruction while meeting academic requirements.

By incorporating STEAM principles (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), the curriculum encourages interdisciplinary learning and fosters critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. Students are exposed to the intersection of art with various academic disciplines, strengthening their understanding of how art connects to the world around them.

The curriculum covers a wide range of topics and activities suitable for students of all ages, from kindergarten to high school. Teachers can choose from a diverse selection of lessons that explore different artistic techniques, art history, cultural perspectives, and creative processes. The curriculum provides flexibility for educators to adapt the materials to their students' needs, allowing for differentiation and personalized learning experiences.

With the art magazines serving as foundational resources, the curriculum offers a comprehensive approach to art education. It includes engaging discussion questions, hands-on art projects, writing prompts, and collaborative activities, enabling students to explore and express their creativity while developing essential 21st-century skills.

Cultivate is committed to making the curriculum accessible and user-friendly for educators. The materials will be provided in digital formats, allowing for easy integration into existing lesson plans and digital learning platforms. Supplementary resources, such as instructional videos, printable worksheets, and additional reading materials, will be available to enhance the learning experience.

By providing teachers with a robust art-based curriculum, Cultivate aims to foster a lifelong love and appreciation for the arts while promoting academic growth and interdisciplinary learning. Through this comprehensive and standardized approach, educators can confidently integrate art into their classrooms, sparking students' curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking skills.

"I LOVE photography! I always took pictures with my phone, but didn't know anything like this.  I want to do every class!" 

 - Twelve-year-old student after learning film photography

"I didn't know art could BE like this!" 

- Nine-year old student

"Thank you! My daughter walked away from this class with a new confidence in herself and in art. She's been showing us her work every day and is drawing all the time now!

- Parent of nine-year-old student 

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