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. Educators receive professional development as part of the program, organized and led by museum education staff. Grand Rapids Public Schools and approximately eight additional districts participate in Language Artists annually. For more information please contact Emily Jarvi, School Experience Manager at 616.831.2928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Made possible by:
Bill and Marilyn Crawford
James and Mary Nelson
National Endowment for the Arts
Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation
Fifth Third Bank
Janet Gatherer Boyles & John Boyles
The Samuel L. Westerman Foundation
The Louis and Helen Padnos Foundation
Till and Bernice Peters
Additional funding is provided by contributions from Art for Life donors.