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Festival Days 2021
35 Years of Festival Day
Date: May 3 - 6, 2021
Theme: We Belong
Applications open soon! Stay tuned for more information.
What is a Residency or Workshop?
Through a residency or workshop, a local,
professional artist will come to your classroom
and facilitate a 10-hour or 1-2-hour interactive learning experience in the arts.
Who can apply for a Residency or Workshop?
Residencies and Workshops are opportunities for special education teachers of kindergarten - 12th grade or transition students. To qualify for a residency, workshop or Festival Days, you must be a kindergarten - 12th grade or transition classroom during the associated school year, and you must be a special education classroom with a Kent Intermediate School District school.
How do I apply for a Residency or Workshop?
You are invited to submit an application and proposal for an art experience of your choice, according to your students' interests and needs. These art experiences can be in dance, theater, puppetry, music, creative writing, the visual arts, or any other art form. To apply, you must attend one of the fall mandatory orientation meetings (see below for meeting dates).
ACT will grant residency and workshop applications based on available resources. If your application is accepted, ACT will provide you with an artist and supplies. The artist will then collaborate closely with you to develop an art experience based on your proposal that provides art forms and projects to students to enhance their overall learning. Residency and Workshop applications are due in December, are awarded in January and take place January through May of each year.
What is Festival Day?
Each year, ACT art programming culminates in an annual arts celebration called Festival Day, held at Lincoln Campus in Grand Rapids. Festival Day is free to attend at no cost to your classroom or school!
The day starts with an opening ceremony, which includes performances by both student and local music groups. Students then participate in a series of hands-on art workshops and outdoor art activities. Some of the highlights of the day include truck painting (using water guns and rollers to paint canvases covering a semi truck), and interactive sensory art activities. This very fun and special day of creative exploration is one that many classrooms look forward to all year long!
How do I attend Festival Day?
Festival Day is not a public event, and is only intended for special education classrooms in a Kent Intermediate School District, and students must be kindergarten - 12th grade or transition age. Festival Day is free to attend at no cost to the classroom or school! To apply, you must attend one of the fall mandatory orientation meetings (see below for meeting dates).
If you're not a special education classroom, ACT is always accepting volunteers to help with Festival Day programs and activities! To learn more, visit our volunteer page.