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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. 

A participant in one of ACT's Youth Programs with a wonderful smile
Register for a Residency, Workshop or Festival Week

You may opt to apply for one or all of these programs. To apply you MUST attend one of the 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 need to sign up for the Zoom meetings, but for the face-to-face meetings, no need to sign up -- just show up!

Monday, January 25

4pm-4:45pm at ACT (face-to-face)

5pm-5:45pm (ZOOM)


Wednesday, January 27

5pm-5:45pm at ACT (face-to-face)


Thursday, January 28

6:30am-7am (ZOOM)

7:15am-7:45am (ZOOM)


Email to sign up for ZOOM meetings

and you will receive a link to join the meeting.


Face-to-face meetings are all drop in style within the hour,

however we do try to get started right away with a brief overview of the program

and what to expect/how to apply, so try to arrive at the beginning of the meeting if you can.

The ACT Studio is currently closed to the general public and all programs have adapted to virtual or small group models due to COVID precautions. For more info, click here




January 25-29:

Attend an orientation meeting and receive a

Residency, Workshop and/or Festival Week application


February 12:

Submit your Residency, Workshop and/or Festival Week application

by Friday February 12


February 15-26:

ACT reviews Residency, Workshop and Festival Week applications



ACT grants Residency, Workshop and Festival Week applications. You will receive an email response letter from ACT about your application(s). If your application(s) are accepted, you are provided with information about setting up your Residency, Workshop and/or participating in virtual Festival Week



Your classroom participates in virtual Festival Week May 3-6, 2021.

Your Residency and/or Workshop is completed by May 31, 2021

2021 Orientation Schedule

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.
Register for Programs
Stay tuned for fall program offerings!

Private Guitar Lessons



ACT student playing the guitar

An ACT teaching artist will meet you at your home or at the ACT studio as you hone in on your own personal guitar skills. Sessions are 45 minutes and are scheduled to fit your needs. Students must have their own guitar.



   $140 for 4 lessons

   $210 for 6 lessons

​   $280 for 8 lessons

​   $350 for 10 lessons

Location: ACT Studio or your home

Open Studio 

2nd Wednesday of the month

6:00 - 7:30 PM

ACT students participate in Open Studio

Each session will have crafts planned, but all participants are free to create whatever their artist heart desires! Participants are welcome to bring friends of any ability! Feel free to visit our Open Studios page to learn more!


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

Location: ACT Studio 

AccessGR Membership 

Membership runs

July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020

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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 Open House

March 23

4:00 - 7:00 PM

ACT Studio Open House

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 7 PM!

Cost: FREE

Location: ACT studio


March 8

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Annual ACT Collage

Collage is an annual event that connects art agencies to create a unique, collaborative performance! This year will feature performances from ACT, CARE Ballet, GR Ballet School, Girls Choral Academy and Ebony Road Players, all under the theme "Seasons." All are welcome at this free, family friendly performance!

Cost: Free!

Location: Grand Rapids Ballet, 341 Ellsworth Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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