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

Gallery Admission Film Admission
Under Five
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2 Fulton West
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
UICA is closed on University Holidays





Group Tours

Enhance your visit to UICA with a docent-led tour. Join an experienced volunteer or staff member on a behind the scenes tour of the galleries and learn more about the works on view. Contact Katherine Williams, Community Programs Coordinator at to book a tour or to learn more.

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Docents are trained volunteers enthusiastic about helping visitors engage with UICA and the artwork in our galleries. This collaboration between our Docents, Education, and Curatorial staff will expand visitor’s experience of contemporary art and UICA, providing a dynamic and welcoming experience for visitors and tours.

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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. 

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"ArtWorks Critique"
"ArtWorks Critique"

Contemporary Kids

Stroller Tours

Stroller Tours is a program designed for young learners ages 0 – 5 years with parents and caretakers in mind. Drop in and engage with the contemporary art works on view, and enhance your experience with a self-guided tour of the galleries. Guests can check out educational resources at the Guest Services desk and kids can embark on an eye spy exploration in the galleries in pursuit of a special prize at the end of each visit. 

Available during regular gallery hours.
Free with admission.

Story Time

Drop by UICA on the first Tuesday of each month any time between 4:00–6:00 pm for Story Time, a program that features a monthly theme, story telling by experienced staff, and hands-on art making activities designed to help children 0-5 years of age develop Kindergarten readiness skills. 

Guests will create art works inspired by the month's theme, and are encouraged to explore and express their creativity together.

Children: $2
Adult UICA Members: Free
Public: $5

Upcoming Themes:
Dec. 6: Musical Mix-up
Feb. 7: Create Your Own Puzzle
March 7: Nick Cave Dance Party
April 4: Spacetime Adventures
May 2: Fresh Fruit Prints

Family Days

Family playing in the UICA Studio. Making art, all ages.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free for UICA Members, Free with Admission

Join us for Family Days inspired by artists whose artwork is included in our current exhibitions, US IS THEM and Here + Now. Explore the galleries and learn about the works on view. Afterwards, drop-in and create your own artwork using materials available in The Studio.

Each Family Day event features new projects and themes. Activities are designed for children aged 4-12 years old, but can be enjoyed by guests of all ages.

Upcoming Dates, Inspiring Artists, and Themes:
Saturday, February 4: Kehinde Wiley, Patterned Portraits
Saturday, February 18: Derrick Adams, Take on Textures
Saturday, March 11: Nick Cave, Headpiece Dance Party
Saturday, March 25 : Kara Walker, Storyteller Silhouettes