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UICA members receive half-priced movie tickets, free gallery admission and discounts at local retailers and restaurants.

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2 Fulton West
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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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.


Sculptor / Fashion
Designer / Illustrator / Photographer / Art 
Educator / Graphic  
Designer / Architect / Painter / Printmaker / Interior Designer /

The ArtWorks summer program is a team internship for students interested in actively pursuing a career in studio arts, design, non-profit arts management, museum studies, art education, or other similar careers. Teams of 10–12 students engage with creative challenges that connect educational and artistic resources and services to local neighborhoods. This program empowers and strengthens the contributions made by young adults to their community by valuing their diverse perspectives, opinions, and creative abilities. 

ArtWorks is programmed by the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, which has been building creative community by fostering new forms of expression, promoting collaboration, and providing genuine experiences with contemporary art for 35+ years. 

Project 1 – Mural / Participants will work with their lead artist to plan and execute a large-scale mural in a public space. Students will also engage with and mentor students from Artists Creating Together (ACT).

Project 2 – Collateral Design / Participants will work with their lead designer to plan and print marketing materials to benefit a local non-profit. This could include event invitations, booklets, or other printed media.

Project 3 – Digital Media / Participants will work with their lead creative professional to plan, develop, and produce a video project. This could include stop motion animation, interviews, and story telling with video and sound.

ArtWorks runs Mon–Thurs for five weeks from 10:00am–2:00pm.

05/22/15    Applications Due
06/22/15    Applicants Notified
06/30/15    Orientation at UICA
07/13/15    Program Starts
08/14/15    Summer Celebration

Download an application here, complete and mail to:

UICA (ArtWorks)
2 Fulton West
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Or by fax: 616 459 9395

This project is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and by the Amway One by One Campaign for Children. Additional support comes from OST, individual donors, and UICA Members.