2023 Language Artists: Weather Wonders Student Exhibition

Jun 1, 2023 — Sep 2, 2023
Monroe Center Creativity Space

An exhibition celebrating the collaboration between the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Public Schools, The Pathfinder School (Traverse City), and Trinity Lutheran School (St. Joseph) for the 2022 – 2023 school year.

Language Artists is a year-long unit of study that integrates literacy and the visual arts by promoting academic and cultural achievement among third grade students. 

Working together, students and teachers prepared themselves for a museum visit by exploring selected works of art from GRAM’s Permanent Collection focusing on weather and climate. The themes and activities for this unit were selected to support the district’s revised curriculum needs for third grade and align with the Michigan Department of Education’s state academic standards for English Language Arts, Visual Art, and Science. 

While touring GRAM’s galleries, students participated in activities designed to foster skills and understanding of the concepts: description, comparing and contrasting, informative writing, opinion writing, and storytelling. Returning to the classroom, students built upon the knowledge they learned at GRAM and created a personal work of art about weather. Students would later use these works of art as inspiration for their informative writing and opinion writing assignments for this unit of study.


Wege Foundation

PNC Bank

Michigan Arts and Culture Council

National Endowment for the Arts

James and Mary Nelson

Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation

Bill and Marilyn Crawford

The Sebastian Foundation Fund of Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Wolverine Worldwide

Keller Foundation

Gregory and Rajene Betz

DTE Energy Foundation

The Samuel L. Westerman Foundation

Additional funding is provided by contributions from Art for Life donors.