Art in the Urban Environment: Downtown Walking Tour

Outdoors, a group of people are in the foreground listening to a tour given by a woman standing in front of a large sculpture by Robert Indiana that reads 'LOVE,' with a tilted O. 

Art in the Urban Environment: Downtown Walking Tour

July 17, 2019, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

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Join GRAM for a downtown walking tour in honor of the exhibition, Maya Lin: Flow.  Participants will meet on the front steps of GRAM with an experienced and knowledge guide.  The tour will begin by exploring Maya Lin’s sculpture, Ecliptic, at Rosa Parks Circle to discover the connection to forms of water in the environment.  The guided tour will then move to other outdoor art sculptures in downtown Grand Rapids to discover the hidden stories and secrets behind many known and lesser known works of art, including how they came to occupy these outdoor urban spaces.  The tour will conclude back at GRAM by 12pm, and participants are welcome to enter the museum to view the Maya Lin exhibition as well as all other exhibitions at GRAM.

Fee: $12 per adult, $8 per child, $8 per member.  Fee includes the walking tour and museum admission. Registration is required by July 15. Participants can register on the website or by calling 616-831-1000.

Note: Participants will be walking 1.5 miles during the tour, and are encourage to bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Tour will occur rain or shine, although if severe weather occurs, participants will be contacted to reschedule.

Drop-In Tour: Art and Travel

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Drop-In Tour: Art and Travel

August 27, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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You don’t need a passport to travel around the world at GRAM! Your docent travel guide will showcase works of art depicting intriguing locations and cultures. Explore exotic landscapes, marvel at detailed architecture, and get to know residents of far off places without ever leaving the museum.

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

The Art of Healthy Living: Building Strong Bones

Young child holding up her artwork in the GRAM Studio. 

The Art of Healthy Living: Building Strong Bones

August 29, 2019, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

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Families of all ages can explore the connection between art and healthy living at GRAM. Each program has a different theme and includes story time with staff from Cherry Health, an exhibition tour, and art project. Admission and activities are free and no registration is required. Ideal for children 4-8 years old.

Drop-In Tour: Exploring the Mysteries of Color

Docent discussing the mirrored sculpture on the wall with guests. 

Drop-In Tour: Exploring the Mysteries of Color

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

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Artists have always used color to communicate emotions and messages through various techniques and combinations. The docent guide will lead a discovery into the symbolism of color, the use of complimentary color, and even the lack of color to reveal hidden secrets in artworks. You will never look at color the same way again!

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

Drop-In Tour: Billy Mayer

A docent pointing at the sculpture on the wall in the exhibition with guests watching. 

Drop-In Tour: Billy Mayer

September 17, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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Join a GRAM Docent on a tour of the Michigan Artist Series exhibition featuring the artwork of Billy Mayer.  The Docent will share stories behind this artist’s work, featuring mixed media artwork by this Michigan artist who was also a professor at Hope College.

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

The Art of Healthy Living: Five Senses

Families listening to a story in the galleries. 

The Art of Healthy Living: Five Senses

July 18, 2019, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

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Families of all ages can explore the connection between art and healthy living at GRAM. Each program has a different theme and includes story time with staff from Cherry Health, an exhibition tour, and art project. Activities are free and registration is not required. Ideal for ages 4-8 years old.

Baby and Me Tour: Made in the Mitten

Docent discussing art with several adults holding their babies around paintings on display. 

Baby and Me Tour: Made in the Mitten

September 24, 2019, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

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Michigan is home to majestic landscape, intriguing people, and talented artists. During this tour, journey into Michigan’s past, discuss the artists from the past and present that call this state home. Discover exceptional furniture pieces made from area lumber and step into the natural wonder of the Great Lakes.

Expect a special kind of outing where no one minds if baby lends their opinion with a coo or a cry! Strollers permitted; carrying or babywearing encouraged! This tour is free; visitors enjoy free admission every Tuesday at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

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 the tour runs and that your spot is reserved please pre-register online or by calling Visitor Services at 616.831.1000.

Baby and Me Tour: Exploring the Mysteries of Color

Several adults carrying babies, looking at a colorful work of art. 

Baby and Me Tour: Exploring the Mysteries of Color

July 23, 2019, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

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Artists have always used color to communicate emotions and messages through various techniques and combinations. The docent guide will lead a discovery into the symbolism of color, the use of complimentary color, and even the lack of color to reveal hidden secrets in artworks. You will never look at color the same way again!

Expect a special kind of outing where no one minds if baby lends their opinion with a coo or a cry! Strollers permitted; carrying or babywearing encouraged! This tour is free; visitors enjoy free admission every Tuesday at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

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 the tour runs and that your spot is reserved please pre-register online or by calling Visitor Services at 616.831.1000.

Drop-In Tour: Abstract Art

Docent and guests discussing artwork in the gallery. 

Drop-In Tour: Abstract Art

September 28, 2019, 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.

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

Drop-In Tour: Abstract Art

Docent discussing an abstract art sculpture in the galleries with guests. 

Drop-In Tour: Abstract Art

July 30, 2019, 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.

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