Students get first look at ArtWalk

Krystle Wagner • Sep 28, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Local fourth-graders had a chance to explore the entries for ArtWalk 2017 a day before the Grand Haven art competition officially kicks off.

On Wednesday morning, Grand Haven Area Public Schools’ fourth-graders visited ArtWalk venues and participated in an interactive movement activity in Grand Haven’s Central Park with Spotlight Dance Academy.

GHAPS Director of Instructional Services Mary Jane Evink said the interactive movement piece was popular this year.

Last year, students attended a music concert in Central Park. Two years ago, students participated in a chalk art project as part of their ArtWalk field trip.

Evink said the art-focused field trip gives students the chance to connect with the community. Cyndi Casemier, owner of C2C in downtown Grand Haven, had the vision to incorporate ArtWalk field trips, she added.

“Art is an important component of education,” Evink said. “It pushes thinking.”

Lake Hills Elementary School fourth-graders Mateo Rivera, Peter King and Colson Grant reflected on their morning as they took a lunch break in Central Park. King said he enjoyed the fish entry on display at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, and Rivera said he liked seeing the water paintings that featured cows.

Overall, Grant said he enjoyed being able to see the various entries.

“It’s pretty cool,” he said.

ArtWalk kicks off today, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. in downtown Grand Haven, and runs through Oct. 8.

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