Language Artists

Language Artists

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

Made possible by:
James and Mary Nelson
Bill and Marilyn Crawford
National Endowment for the Arts
Keller Foundation
Fifth Third Bank
Till Peters
Open Systems Technologies

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

Language Artists Stories

Hear some of the past year’s Language Artists stories read by our sponsors.

Calvin the Dragon Monkey by Valerie

Bobo the Gossip by Kimberly