Supporting Learning and Creativity at GRAM
What is the Art for Life Club?
An annual giving program dedicated to sustaining and growing the vital work of the Learning & Creativity Department. The financial support generated by the Art for Life Club will help sustain the multi-faceted, award-winning programming that GRAM provides for broad audiences from pre-kindergarten children and their caregivers, to schoolchildren and teachers, to families and older adults.
Who Supports the Art for Life Club?
Generous individuals, corporations, and foundations have supported the educational programming offered at GRAM. These gifts have enabled the Museum to serve over 11,000 students and youth. GRAM is immensely grateful for Art for Life Club lead sponsors Bill and Marilyn Crawford, who have generously provided the crucial lead support to launch this exciting new initiative.
What Activities does the Art for Life Club Support?
- Language Artists: Creature Connections
Integrates literacy and the visual arts, through a year-long unit of study that promotes academic and cultural achievement among third grade students. GRAM and Grand Rapids Public Schools partnered to create the program, after the district identified a need for greater student engagement with the English language arts curriculum. Language Artists: Creature Connections centers on artworks of animals from the Museum’s permanent collection. Students participate in engaging museum visits, empowering cultural experiences, unique classroom activities, and relevant test preparation. This robust program helps students strengthen their writing skills and foster 21st century skills – critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. Language Artists makes a lasting impact on students, helping them to build a foundation of the literacy skills necessary to reach graduation, and succeed in a global economy. The program situates GRAM as an extension of the classroom, and provides enriching arts and cultural experiences to approximately 2,000 students annually, 75% of whom are of low-income households. Educators receive professional development as part of the program, organized and led by Museum education staff. Grand Rapids Public Schools and eight other districts participate in Language Artists.
“GRAM opens an entirely new, exciting, and educational experience for my students, helping them to understand and relate to our global world,” reflected Jean Mucha of Wyoming Public Schools. “Language Artists brings a deeper understanding of how we perceive the world, enabling my students to broaden their thinking by questioning, comparing, and analyzing works of art from GRAM’s collection.”
- Summer Art Camps
Offered during the summer, these thematic sessions welcome children, ages 4 – 13, to participate in intensive week-long sessions to experience creativity and innovation in a unique and transformative setting. In 2016, 133 children attended camp, including 35 children from low-income households, who received full-tuition scholarships.
- Professional Development for Educators
Launched in 2010 and developed for educational professionals, GRAM provides valuable learning opportunities for school administrators, teachers, and paraprofessionals. This program has experienced tremendous growth over the past five years from 96 educators in 2010-2011 to 632 educators in 2015-2016.
How You Can Help
Donating to the Art for Life Education Fund directly supports school groups and individuals in our community.
- $50 – Covers the cost of program materials for ten Language Artists students.
- $75 – Provides needs-based Summer Art Camp scholarship.
- $150 – Supports the cost of activities for 100 GRAMStudio Drop-in Family Saturdays attendees.
- $250 – Provides access for two classrooms participating in local program that serves students with disabilities.
- $500 – Helps cover the expenses to open the Museum on Mondays to specialized group tours such as Gazing at GRAM, which is offered to those who are living with memory loss.
- Any contribution you make helps GRAM continue to make art education accessible to all children in our community.
Art for Life Club Benefits
Donors who give $250 or more will have a donor listing opportunity inside their complimentary copy of a special edition children’s book by Mark Newman author of the acclaimed children’s book, “Sooper Yooper: Environmental Protector,” that will focus on the work and learning objectives of GRAM’s upcoming exhibition Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle. Gift must be received by September 30, 2017 in order to be included.
- Gifts of $50 and above will be recognized on our website’s Art for Life Club roster.
- Gifts of $500 and above will be recognized in the Annual Report donor listing and added to the Stewardship Circle which includes invitations to unique donor events throughout the year.
- Gifts of $1,000 and above will be recognized on the Donor Wall located in GRAM’s lobby.
- Gifts of $2,500 and above will be recognized on the Art for Life Club wall in the Education Center.
For more information about the Art for Life Club, please contact Laura Bull, Donor Relations Manager, at email@example.com or 616.831.2907.