Thank you for checking out the first post of the Family Futures blog!


To kick off the start of our newest feature, we decided to talk about something at the heart of Grand Rapids – ArtPrize. You may be looking at going downtown with your children, but you don’t know which venues to hit, which ones to skip, or which ones will be most interesting to your children.
There may not be long left in the event, but you can still have fun downtown with your children! We made a list of all ArtPrize entries by local public schools, so you can show your children what other children are making.


Godwin Heights

Located in the Downtown Market, Godwin Heights Public Schools submitted a piece titled, “You Can’t Know Where We Are if You Don’t Understand Where We Have Been.” Their display features a set of shoes, each painted by a different student to represent their identity. The purpose of their piece, according to their artist statement, was to encourage people to be more compassionate, and to try to understand other people’s stories before judging them.



Hudsonville Public Schools entered a piece called, “You Be You.” This outdoor statue is located at the DeVos Place Convention Center. The statue is made up of roughly 6,000 individually painted “pet rocks” made by students, aged Kindergarten – 12th grade. The “pets” all swim in a spiral, with each one representing the individualistic nature of each student. The swimming together represents the positive change you can make if people work together, according to their artist statement.


Byron Center

In the Monroe Community Church, Byron Center West Middle School Art and STEM Program have entered a piece entitled, “Painting Under Paper Cuts.” Using paint, printmaking, and collage techniques, they created a unique mixed media piece. Their goal was to create a piece that was both symmetrical and asymmetrical in its balances. They also just wanted to relieve some stress through creative outlets during their week of testing, according to their artist statement.


Rockford High School

Displayed in the JW Marriott, Rockford High School submitted a piece titled, “THIS MEMES A LOT TO ME.” The piece explores the relationship between students and cellphones, and the positive impacts of digital communication. The entry is made of a 7-foot-tall cellphone, with “apps” that are paintings done by students which depict historical heroes. The pictures are made with materials ranging from oil pastels to acrylic paint.


With so many ArtPrize Entries, we hope you find this guide helpful for finding fun pieces of our community downtown. If you liked what you read, please subscribe, we have a lot to share.
Did you see any other pieces that you really liked in ArtPrize? Leave us a comment below telling us your favorites!

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