Calvin art student at pottery wheel

Connect. Collaborate. Create.

The Artist Collaborative is a program for first-year students who are interested in the arts. Through courses, activities and a January trip to a cultural center in the United States, you will explore your calling as an artist in the twenty-first century. The theme for the 2014-15 Artist Collaborative is the visual arts.

  • Receive a $2,500 scholarship available for two years
  • Prepare for a vocation as an artist by studying topics such as entrepreneurship, creative thinking, arts leadership/advocacy and collaboration.
  • Collaborate with other members of the Artist Collaborative to create art that makes meaningful contributions to pressing and current issues at Calvin and beyond.
  • Connect to the growing art scene in Grand Rapids by attending arts events in the community.

Who qualifies

  • Students must apply to Calvin by February 15, 2014.
  • High school seniors planning to enter Calvin College in fall 2014.
  • Students who indicate interest in these academic programs: art, graphic design, architecture, dance, film and media, music composition and theatre

Application process

  1. Qualified students interested in the program must apply to Calvin by February 15, 2014. There is no separate application for this program—your Calvin application counts as your application for this opportunity. 
  2. Invitations to attend an Artist Collaborative interview weekend on March 14-15, 2014 will be sent in early or mid-February. The invitation will include a travel voucher to pay for part of your trip to Calvin if you live more than 150 miles from campus. You will have the option to stay on campus. 
  3. On March 14-15, 2014, students will visit campus to learn more about the program and to interview for a chance to be selected as an Artist Collaborative member. 
  4. In April 2014, 25 students will be notified of their acceptance to the program. Students not invited to participate in the program will be put on a waiting list.

Program details

Each year, 25 students are selected to form the Artist Collaborative. The program spans each student's first and second year at Calvin, and the scholarship is renewable for the second year.  

Year One

Fall Semester/Interim
Spring Semester
Enroll in a Visual Arts course in the fall and a course on entrepreneurship and leadership during Interim. Attend two intensive weekend events that focus on a specific artistic medium.
Attend two arts-focused events with other Collaborative members.

Year Two

Fall Semester/Interim
Spring Semester
Attend two art events with Collaborative members. Attend two intensive weekend events that focus on a specific artistic medium.
During interim, travel to a cultural center in the U.S. with the Collaborative. Showcase your art in an exhibition with all Collaborative members.