Art for Life Club
The Art for Life Club is an annual giving program dedicated to sustaining and growing the vital work of our 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 the Greater Grand Rapids community.
- 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.
- $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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 616.831.2907.