GRAM Studio staff member laughing with a child in an orange apron painting a mural in the studio.

Family Day: Folk Art

Saturday, Jul 10, 2021
12:00 pm — 4:00 pm

Families of all ages can explore the newest exhibition, American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum. Folk artists, sometimes referred to as self-taught artists, are individuals whose talents emerged from personal experience rather than formal training. Their creations are beautiful, diverse, truthful, often utilitarian, and rooted in their individual heritage or community. GRAM will feature activities throughout the museum that explore this exhibition further. Activities include:

  • Gallery Chats – Docents will be stationed in the American Perspectives exhibition to talk to families about specific artwork and artists
  • Art Making Project – Create a mystery assemblage project inspired by the wooden quilt by Jean-Marcel St. Jacques in the folk art exhibition
  • Scavenger Hunt – Pick up a scavenger hunt to use in the galleries, and return it for a special prize
  • Sketching – Pick up a free sketchbook and pencil in the Lobby, and draw what inspires you as you explore the museum
  • Community Art Project – All families can create a quilt square and add it to the Community Quilt for everyone to view. Plus, talk to quilt artists and see how they design and construct their quilts.
  • Creative Cube — ACTion Art will have their Creative Cube by the entrance of museum, featuring several activities: create a portraiture, build an assemblage sculpture, and enjoy folk music drumming!

We’re excited for guests to safely participate in select programming at the Museum. Expect new procedures including: reduced program capacity to ensure distancing, face covering requirements, regular sanitization and cleaning, and restricting the sharing of tools/​materials among participants.

Grand Rapids Art Museum

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

Free with Admission