Drop-In Tour: Art and Travel

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Drop-In Tour: Art and Travel

December 7, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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You don’t need a passport to travel around the world at GRAM! Enjoy a docent-guided tour in the gallery featuring art with intriguing locations and cultures. Explore unfamiliar landscapes, marvel at detailed architecture, and learn about people from distant shores without ever leaving the Museum.

Drop-In Tours are free with admission and meet in the Museum’s lobby at 1 pm. No registration required

Family Day: The Art of Wordless Storytelling

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Family Day: The Art of Wordless Storytelling

November 16, 2019, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

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Free for GRAM Members, Free with admission

Guests of all ages are invited to a Family Day at GRAM in celebration of David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling! Experience a day of immersive activities that bring the captivating children’s book illustrations to life:

Family Day Schedule
10 am: Museum opens and Family Day begins
10 am – 5 pm: Galleries open to the public
10 am – 5 pm: Drop-in Costume making in the Lobby
10 am – 5 pm: Scavenger hunt and prizes
10:30 am: Native American music and storytelling presentation in the Auditorium
10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Family Drop-in and Sketching Tours
11 am – 3 pm: Story Time
11:15 am – 1 pm: Complimentary snacks for GRAM Members in the Auditorium
1 – 4 pm: Drop-in Studio: Wordless Storyboards in Crane Studio
1:30 pm: Native American music and storytelling presentation in the Auditorium
5 pm: Museum closes

For more information, please contact Visitor Services at info@artmuseumgr.org or 616.831.1000.

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Scout Event Day

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Scout Event Day

November 2, 2019, 9:45 AM-3:30 PM

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Available sessions: 9:45 am – 12 pm

Afternoon session 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm is sold out.

Two leaders free per group, $6 per scout, $7 per additional adult

Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts of all levels are invited to attend Scout Day at GRAM! Scouts attend as a troop/group or individually with a leader, parent, or guardian present. Scouts will experience the Art Museum like never before with activity stations throughout the building highlighting exhibitions such as David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling, which features artwork and interactives from popular children’s books, and the permanent collection with artwork spanning hundreds of years. Activities include games, photo ops, scavenger hunts, art making projects, and more! Each scout will receive a special GRAM patch at the conclusion of their visit.

Pricing includes event entry, admission to the Museum, all materials, and one patch per scout. The deadline for registration is October 18. Room reservations for sack lunches available upon request. To register, contact Group Experience Manager, Kristen Hoeker at khoeker@artmuseumgr.org or 616.831.2930.

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Story Time Program: Art & You!

Young children in the portraits exhibition looking at a painting on tour. 

Story Time Program: Art & You!

November 21, 2019, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

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GRAM’s Story Time Program is a fun, educational evening for families held on the third Thursday of the month, and each event includes a read-aloud story, a tour of the exhibition, and an art-making activity in the GRAM Studio.

On November 21, discover how anyone can be an artist with the help of the Grand Rapids Public Library staff as they read the book Art & Max by David Wiesner. Then families can explore the exhibition David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling along with a GRAM Docent as children see stories and creatures come to life in the featured artwork. Finally, the GRAM Studio will host an art-making activity to create a masterpiece to celebrate the night!

No registration required, free for all guests. Program participants meet on the second floor of the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Story Time programs are held on Meijer Free Thursday Nights and admission and programming are available to guests at no cost thanks to the generous support of Meijer.

Location: Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Story Time Program: Animals of the Imagination

Children sitting in chairs listening to the library staff member read a book outside the Decade at the Center exhibition. 

Story Time Program: Animals of the Imagination

December 19, 2019, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

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GRAM’s Story Time Program is a fun, educational evening for families held on the third Thursday of the month, and each event includes a read-aloud story, a tour of the exhibition, and an art-making activity in the GRAM Studio.

On December 19, let your imagination will run wild as we explore animals in art! The Grand Rapids Public Library staff will read two David Wiesner books, Tuesday and Mr. Wuffles!, about the fantastic creatures of our dreams, and lead songs and dances for everyone to enjoy. Next, a GRAM Docent will guide families through the exhibition David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling to see the famous children’s author and illustrator’s work in person to dive into the world of the curious cat, Mr. Wuffles and the flying toads in Tuesday. Finally, families can create artwork of their own in the GRAM Studio!

No registration required, free for all guests. Program participants meet on the second floor of the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Story Time programs are held on Meijer Free Thursday Nights and admission and programming are available to guests at no cost thanks to the generous support of Meijer.

Location: Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Drop-In Tour: David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling

Docent discussing artwork with guests on tour in the Portraits exhibition. 

Drop-In Tour: David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling

December 28, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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David Wiesner has enthralled readers for three decades, and his remarkable career is surveyed in this first-ever retrospective devoted to his art. The exhibition features 70 original watercolors from some of Wiesner’s most famous books, including three for which he won the prestigious Caldecott Medal: Tuesday (1992), The Three Pigs (2002), and Flotsam (2007). Also on view is work from Wiesner’s earliest artistic successes while still a student at the Rhode Island School of Design to his most recent book project—his first graphic novel, Fish Girl, published in 2017.

Drop-in tours are free with admission and meet in the museum’s main lobby at 1pm.  No registration required.

Story Time Program: Winter Wonderland

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Story Time Program: Winter Wonderland

January 16, 2020, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

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GRAM’s Story Time Program is a fun, educational evening for families held on the third Thursday of the month, and each event includes a read-aloud story, a tour of the exhibition, and an art-making activity in the GRAM Studio.

On January 6, we’ll celebrate the wonders of winter! The Grand Rapids Public Library will begin by reading books on the magic of this season as families listen, dance, and sing along. Next, a GRAM docent will lead families through the exhibitions to search for winter clues in the artwork during a special I-Spy game. Finally, the GRAM Studio will have a fun art project for each guest to complete.

No registration required, free for all guests. Program participants meet on the third floor of the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Story Time programs are held on Meijer Free Thursday Nights and admission and programming are available to guests at no cost thanks to the generous support of Meijer.

Location: Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Drop-In Sketching Tour: Abstract Art

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Drop-In Sketching Tour: Abstract Art

January 11, 2020, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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Take the intimidation out of abstract art with the help of a GRAM docent leading the way. Guests will explore the emotions and techniques behind the passionate works of art, including the use of color, perspective, and style.

Participants will be given sketching pads and pencils to sketch their favorite artwork.  No drawing experience is required.

The second Saturday of each month, join a docent-guided sketching tour of GRAM’s exhibitions. Sketching is a great way to look more deeply at the works of art on view as well as express your own creativity. These tours are free with admission and are open to individuals of all ages and levels of experience.  Please meet at 1pm in the main lobby.

Drop-In Tour: Billy Mayer

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Drop-In Tour: Billy Mayer

January 14, 2020, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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One of Michigan’s most distinctive and unique sculptors, the late Billy Mayer (1953-2017) created work in numerous media and materials that addressed the mundane elements of daily life as well as bigger, broader ideas about human existence. Billy Mayer: The Shape of Things brings together both large and small-scale sculpture that demonstrate Mayer’s creative imagination and his impressive range of interests and sources, from Surrealism and Pop Art to souvenir kitsch. Mayer’s meticulously crafted sculptures juxtapose familiar elements in unexpected arrangements that seem conjured from a parallel reality or dream state.

Drop-in tours are free with admission and meet in the museum’s main lobby at 1pm.  No registration required.

Baby and Me Tour: Abstract Art

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Baby and Me Tour: Abstract Art

January 21, 2020, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

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Take the intimidation out of abstract art with the help of a GRAM docent leading the way. Guests will explore the emotions and techniques behind the passionate works of art, including the use of color, perspective, and style.

Baby & Me Tours are perfect for children age 0 – 18 months. The tour will meet at the guest services desk in the lobby.
Strollers permitted; carrying or babywearing encouraged. This tour is free, as admission to GRAM is free every Tuesday. Baby & Me Tours are perfect for children age 0 – 18 months. The tour will meet at the guest services desk in the lobby.

To guarantee that your spot is reserved please pre-register online or by calling Visitor Services at 616.831.1000.