Creative Learning Center Opening Party

Saturday, Jun 17, 2023
10:00 am — 2:00 pm

Join GRAM’s Board of Trustees and Director and CEO Cindy Meyers Foley for the grand opening of the reimagined Creative Learning Center — a vibrant, highly active space designed for hands-on imaginative play and creative exploration for guests of all ages. Museum admission will be free all day, and guests are invited to explore the latest exhibitions on view, including Message from Our Planet: Digital Art from the Thoma Collection.

The ribbon cutting will begin at 10:30 am, followed by refreshments and light snacks, a guided artmaking activity, and tours of the Creative Learning Center’s new spaces and features throughout the day. 

This event is free and open to the public. 

Creative Learning Center

For more information, contact Director of Learning and Creativity Kristen Hoeker at 616.831.2930 or


Updates to the Creative Learning Center

The Creative Learning Center offers a new way to experience GRAM, where guests can invent, experiment, and explore in a space that invites everyone in our community to make their mark at the Museum. The updated space brings several brand-new upgrades and enhancements to the arts education facilities at GRAM. 

    The Discovery Gallery, which will be open during all Museum hours, enhances GRAM’s choose your own adventure” style of visitation. This casual learning space for visitors of all ages invites guests to participate in interactive art experiences. Guests can explore color theory and blending, curate their own miniature exhibition, build and design sculptures inspired by public art, create landscapes by layering and blending multiple artworks, and participate in artmaking workshops that rotate on a monthly basis. 

    The Museum will introduce two new classrooms for GRAM Studio workshops, school groups, and guided tours. Signature programs include hands-on artmaking in Drop-in Studio, Adult Workshops, and Saturday Studio Sessions.

    Now easily accessible from the main Lobby, the new Creative Learning Center entrance will provide a more enjoyable guest experience and increase time spent interacting with artworks. On the Louis Street level, an expanded Welcome Area will provide a centralized orientation space for tours and school groups.

    GRAM volunteers are essential in bringing the Museum’s mission to life. Our dedicated volunteers will have a redesigned space in the Creative Learning Center, including personal storage, refreshments, and a lounge area.