GRCC hosts Art Camp for area high school students



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

(616) 234-4213

March 20, 2015 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Students from five area high schools will explore their possible futures in visual arts during Grand Rapids Community College’s second annual Art Camp on March 27.

Students from the Coopersville, Kentwood, Greenville, Wyoming and Thornapple-Kellogg school districts will rotate between sessions in art history, photography, ceramics, drawing and mixed media from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in GRCC’s Main Building, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE. They will get an introduction to GRCC’s visual arts programs and go on a walking tour of the Main and DeVos campuses.

“The visual arts department designed the Art Camp to reach out to creative minds in the community,” said Scott Garrard, associate professor of art. "We want students from the area high schools to visit our campus and experience creativity not only in the art department but to also tour our entire campus and witness the importance of design, problem solving and imagination in the workforce and in the world.”

Camp participants will be surprised to learn about the many careers open to them, Garrard said.

“Creativity is the key to progress — whether you define employment as an artist, mathematician, engineer, chef, writer, welder or chemist,” he said. “Take a moment and reflect on your day: What did you do today that did not involve a design? This is the key to the Art Camp — creativity and its power!”

For more information about the Art Camp, contact Garrard at or (616) 234-4182.

GRCC is one of only a dozen community colleges in the country to earn accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design for its art programs. The visual arts department offers associate degrees in art, photography and pre-professional degrees in fine arts and photography.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.