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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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"ArtWorks Critique"

ArtWorks 2014

ArtWorks is a five week summer program that pairs groups of students with local art and design professionals on a project for a local non profit, business, or organization. Students are ages 14-19, and receive art instruction and valuable work-study experience and mentoring on careers in art.

ArtWorks is an internship-style 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 spring and summer including murals in downtown Grand Rapids, graphic design projects, costume design, product design, and illustration. 

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Some details about 2014's projects:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. Handmade retail project with local business, Parliament the Boutique, and artist Elyse Welcher: students created a small product line of handmade goods for the UICA shop.

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.

For more information, contact Katherine Williams at or (616) 454 7000 x22.