Contemporary Conversations

Learn more about West Michigan's creative workforce, neighboring cultural organizations, and about ways to engage with Grand Rapids' art-scene with interviews and guest features highlighting our local and regional community members. 

UICA Educational Group Tours

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, or submit an inquiry form below.
Self Guided Tour Rate: $5.00 per person.
Guided Tours Rate: $8.00 per person.

guests enjoying drop-in activities

guests enjoying drop-in activities

Photo by  Carbon Stories

The Studio

Drop-in anytime during gallery hours and explore your own creativity with the materials provided in The Studio. This open-source space is the perfect destination for an afternoon or evening of creative fun. Drop by with friends or family or visit independently. The Studio is open during gallery hours.


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/ 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. 

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UICA ArtWorks Conversation