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ARTcation is a community wide collaboration between arts and humanities organizations that use downtown Grand Rapids as a learning laboratory. By combining our resources, we provide students with free programming that supports multi-sensory learning experiences and active curriculum investigations. The arts and humanities organizations involved are: UICA, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids Public Library, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Valley State University, Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth, and Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities.

Last years collaborative success of ARTcation day was marked by nine arts and humanities organizations teaming up and serving 2,000 students from across West Michigan. Middle and high school students came to Grand Rapids for this innovative program during ArtPrize and explored four core themes at four venues across downtown.

This springs theme is displacement. The education staff from each partnering organization has prepared lessons that investigate the multifaceted nature of feeling or being displaced as an individual or a group. Each venue will utilize exhibits and objects that directly relate to the characteristics of displacement. Our goal is for students to come away from ARTcation with a deeper awareness of their own experiences in relation to this theme and that of others in our local and global communities.

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