As Grand Haven Area Public Schools fourth-graders looked at ArtWalk entries in Grand Haven’s downtown and Centertown, they also learned a dance to the song “This is Me” from the movie “The Greatest Showman.”
While they visited art displayed at the 2018 ArtWalk venues, the children noted things that made them think and wonder, and they planned to write about it when they returned to school, said Cyndi Casemier, owner of C2C Gallery in downtown Grand Haven.
Spotlight Dance Academy owner Tracey O’Neal-McQueen and other dance instructors taught the interactive dance component. Casemier noted the dance school donated their time to participate, and that volunteers make ArtWalk possible.
GHAPS Director of Instructional Services Mary Jane Evink said she’s been impressed by the generosity of Casemier and O’Neal-McQueen to raise the funds for students to attend the field trip and to arrange the opportunity for the visit. Evink said she is grateful for their passion about sharing art, and it made her feel good that the young students were outside and learning.
“I think it’s important to have fun when you’re learning,” Evink said.
As they took a lunch break, the children reflected on what they had so far experienced during Tuesday’s field trip.
Robinson Elementary School fourth-grader Liam Deaton said he was excited about the field trip.
“I love art, and I just went to ArtPrize,” he said.
Katelyn Ramirez, 9, said she enjoyed viewing the entry of a lioness.
The dance in Grand Haven’s Central Park was among the highlights for Breslin Lung, 10, and Deaton, 9.
“It was really fun,” Deaton said.
With ArtWalk Education Day in its sixth year, Casemier said she enjoys seeing the looks on the students’ faces when they find something of interest to them or that might make them laugh.
“It’s fun watching their faces,” she said.
ArtWalk officially kicks off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. today near 24 Washington Ave. It runs through Oct. 4.
The public voting for the ArtWalk Youth Competition at Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave., began last week and continues until noon Monday, Oct. 1. The award ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Oct. 2.