The future of our cities depends on imaginative, forward-thinking leaders who can ask the right questions, think outside the box, and solve problems creatively. How are we teaching our children to imagine and innovate? How could we do better?
Join us Thursday, Aug. 22, 6 p.m. at the Creative Youth Center on Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids (formerly Literary Life Bookstore) for a special dual-city conversation about the state of arts education in Grand Rapids and Detroit.
We’ll hear from innovative educators on both sides of the state who are pushing the needle to ensure our city kids are bright, inquisitive and ready to tackle the challenges of the future, particularly with cuts at the State and Federal levels for art programming.
In Grand Rapids, the speakers will be:
Kim Dabbs – Executive Director, WMCAT
Casey Stratton – Music Program Coordinator, Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth
Lori Slager – Founder, Creative Youth Center
Jo-Ann VanReeuwyk – Director of Art Education Program, Calvin College
The program is free and open to the public.
Seating is limited; please register here in advance.
Follow along on Twitter: @rapidgrowth @modeld #CreativeEdMI