ArtWorks at UICA
UICA's ArtWorks program is a free, five-week long innovative job training program for creative youth, ages 14 to 19. The program readies young people for 21st century creative careers by providing inventive studio practices, professional resources, and opportunities for students to present themselves and their work to the community.
ArtWorks is a five week program that serves young adults ages 14-18. This National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award-winner pairs groups of students with local art and design professionals on projects for local businesses and non-profit organizations. ArtWorks is free to all accepted applicants, and features different projects every summer including murals in downtown Grand Rapids, graphic design projects, costume design, product design, and illustration.
ArtWorks is an internship style program that encourages collaboration and develops personal responsibility, creative thinking, and problem solving. Applications for the one-week Spring ArtWorks 2015 will be available in February, and the five-week Summer ArtWorks 2015 applications will be available in May 2015. Email Kenny Williams-Buck at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (616) 454-7000 ext. 22 with questions or to request an application.
Some details about this year's projects:
A downtown mural/public artwork with local artist Steven Rainey: students spent the summer building a large-scale mural at 201 Michigan Street in downtown Grand Rapids.
A graphic design project for local non-profit Arbor Circle with artist Megan Kellner: students created a valuable piece of marketing collateral for Arbor Circle, a local social services organization, as part of the Green Light Project event in November.
This program is supported in part by awards from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Rosemary and David Good Family Foundation, the Dyer-Ives Foundation, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, Herman Miller Cares, and by the Youth Grand Committee of Grand Rapids Community Foundation.