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Emerging Curators Program

In partnership with Calvin College, Kendall, and GVSU, we invite artists and curators to apply for a three-month paid residency program for artists to gain a comprehensive study and hands-on practice with various elements of a formal curatorial study and practice. 

This ten-week program will run from June 9 - August 11, 2023. We anticipate participants of the program to work an average of 5-8 hours a week, for a total estimated 80 hours.

Participants of this program will work hand in hand with the Director, Director of Exhibitions, and Curatorial Team to do the following - 


  • Design an exhibition - concept

  • Scout for artists 

  • Write call 

  • Curatorial texts, including, but not limited to: curatorial statement, text on the wall of the entrance, catalog, fliers, web format, the text used in the press release, or writing presentation

  • Art Advisory Consultations with local interior design firm, hotel owner, and Corewell (formerly Spectrum Health) 

  • Jurying call 

  • Contracts for artists, location/venue, photographer

  • Writing acceptance and rejection letters to artists 

  • Exhibition layout, installation, deinstallation

  • Marketing, including creating a marketing plan 

  • Host exhibition opening and/or tour of spaces 

"These classes are so inspiring!  When I feel like I need more structure or a push creatively, I sign up for a new class with Cultivate.  It helps me with my whole art practice and pushes me to think in new ways.

- Adult student 

"I love these courses and have been signing up for all of them.  I find that it's "me time" in my week -and it's so relaxing to sit down with the group and make art together."

-Adult student 

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