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In a partnership with schools and teachers throughout West Michigan, ACT brings the wonder of art and creativity to thousands of students. 

About Youth Programs


Open to children in early childhood programs, K-12, and in transition programs. 


Offered to special education classrooms, inclusion programs, and/or classrooms looking for an inclusion opportunity.

Various Locations

Offered at the ACT Studio or on location, depending on the program. 

Professionally Taught

All youth programs are taught by professional

Teaching Artists. 

Questions? Contact our Program Coordinator.
Summer Program Offerings

Art of Gardening

Wednesdays, July 8 - July 29

9:30 - 11:30AM


In this 4 week class, students will learn to plant, grow, and harvest their own produce at ACT's new rooftop garden! This class also includes visual art projects to beautify the space, culinary art lessons in which students will use what they’ve grown to assemble a seasonal recipe, and a site visit to Frederik Meijer Gardens on July 15. On July 29, students are invited to celebrate the season at our Harvest Brunch, from 9:30am-11:30am at the ACT studio.


Cost: $65

Location: ACT Studio

Music Lessons




An ACT teaching artist will meet you at your home as you hone your guitar, ukulele, piano, or drum skills. Sessions are 45 minutes and are scheduled to fit your needs. Students must have their own instrument.



   $140 for 4 lessons

   $210 for 6 lessons

​   $280 for 8 lessons

​   $350 for 10 lessons

Location: Your home

Open Studio 

2nd Wednesday of the month

6:00 - 7:30 PM


Join us in Artists Creating Together's studio to explore art and creativity inspired by artists from around the world! Open Studio welcomes those with disabilities, their friends, siblings, and peers of all abilities! Feel free to visit our Open Studio page to learn more!


Cost: $10 per session (caregivers and guardians are free)

Location: ACT Studio 

April 15 | Kara Walker Inspired

June 10 | El Anatsui Inspired

August 12 | ACT's "We Belong" Open House (FREE)

Get Creative Saturdays

3rd Saturday of the month

11:00AM - 1:00PM


Join us in Artists Creating Together's studio to explore and create art inspired by Caldecott award-winning picture books. Get Creative Saturdays welcomes those with disabilities, their friends, siblings and peers of all abilities! Pre-registration is required. Kids under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $10 per individual, $25 per family (3+ kids), parents/guardians free

Location: ACT Studio 

May 16 

June 20 

July 18 

August 15 

AccessGR Membership 

Membership valid through June 30, 2021


AccessGR makes the arts more accessible to all. Members get access to free tickets to local participating arts and cultural venues and special events. You must be registered in an ACT class to become an AccessGR member.

Cost: $20 

Events: Visit our AccessGR page to see a list of our current partnering venues! 

ACT's "We Belong" Open House

August 12

4:00 - 7:00PM


We are opening the doors to the ACT studio and welcoming one and all to join us for interactive arts, music, and more! Whether you are new to ACT or have been with us for years, we invite you, your family, and friends to drop in anytime between 4 and 7PM!

Cost: FREE

Location: ACT Studio

Creativity Unboxed: An ACT Mobile Art Studio Celebration


June 13


12:00PM - 5:00PM


Join the fun at Creativity Unboxed, a celebration of creativity for all! Enjoy performances, art making and more at this free community event open to anyone!

Cost: Free!

Location: Mary Free Bed YMCA

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