Art Residencies
Festival Day
 Festival Day 2020 - 35 Years of Festival Day 

Friday, May 8, 2020 

Theme: To Be Decided Jan 2020
Applications Now Closed!

What is a Residency? 

Through a residency, a local, professional artist will come to your classroom and facilitate a 10-hour interactive learning experience in the arts. 

Who can apply for a Residency? 

Residencies are opportunities for special education teachers of kindergarten - 12th grade or transition students. To qualify for a residency or Festival Day, you must be a kindergarten - 12th grade or transition classroom during the 2019 - 2020 school year, and you must be a special education classroom with a Kent Intermediate School District school.

How do I apply for a Residency? 

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 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 applications are due early November, are awarded by mid-January and take place mid-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 of kindergarten - 12th grade or transition students. 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

Questions? Contact our Program Coordinator.

You may opt to apply for one or both of these programs. To apply you MUST attend one of the Fall mandatory orientation meetings listed below.

Attendance at one of these meetings is required each year, regardless of whether or not you have attended an orientation in past years. At this orientation, you will learn more about each of these programs, and be given applications to apply. You do not need to sign up for a meeting day/time -- just show up!

Register for a Residency or Festival Day 



Attend an orientation meeting and pick up a Residency and/or Festival Day application



Submit your Residency and/or Festival Day application by Friday November 1



ACT reviews and grants Festival Day applications and up to 15-20 Residencies



You will receive an email response letter from ACT about your application. If it is accepted, you are provided with information about setting up your Residency and/or attending Festival Day



Your classroom attends Festival Day on Friday May 8, 2020. Your Residency is completed by May 29, 2020

Stay tuned for Fall 2020 orientation dates!

Festival Day 2019 Partners

Partner Agencies

Catholic Central

Grand Rapids Art Museum

Grand Rapids Children’s


Grand Rapids Ballet

AUXILARY Advertisting &


In-Kind Donors 

Corporate Live

AIS Construction

   Equipment Corp. 

Alliance Beverage 

Big Apple Bagel


Cheese Kurlz

Dean Transportation

Festida Foods

Forest Hills Foods

Gordon Foods


Heeren Bros. Inc. 

Kim Bradubury 

Marge's Donut Den

Meijer- Knapp’s


Sam's Club



Trader Joe’s

Donors + Arts for All Society 'Art Enthusiasts' 

Gary Markosky

Casey & Katee Aubil

Mary & Steven Cok

Kelly DeWispelaere

Emily Shatto Evans & Matt Evans

Fishladder Inc

Shannon & Molly Gary

Chris & Bruce Hayden

Peter & Emily Hunsberger

Marcia & Nat Love

Lily & Sean McGavin

Steve & Beth Olson

Michael & Christina

   Rosloniec Family

Terry & Mary Rott

Elizabeth Welch & Brian


Angela & Rob Steele

Dorothy Zoellner

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Artists Creating Together is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Our EIN is 84-1698531.

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