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 an arts destination in the U.S. or abroad, you will explore your calling as an artist in the twenty-first century. The theme for the 2015-16 Artist Collaborative is the visual arts.

Program features and benefits

  • Receive a travel voucher to help defray the cost of traveling to Indonesia for a special, Artist Collaborative exclusive interim tip.
  • 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

  • You must be admitted to Calvin by February 1, 2016.
  • High school seniors planning to enter Calvin College in fall 2016.
  • You should indicate interest in arts-related activities or academic programs such as art, graphic design, architecture, dance, film and media, music and theatre on your application.


Want to take the next step and get involved with the Artist Collaborative at Calvin College? If so, we'll need you to do two things:

1) Express your interest

Tell us a bit about yourself and why you're interested in the program.

Express interest form

2) Apply to Calvin

Complete Calvin's application by February 1, 2016. Without your application, you will not be considered for this program.

Calvin Application


After you express interest in the program and complete your application to Calvin by February 1, 2016, here is what you can expect to happen:

  1. Invitations to attend an Artist Collaborative interview weekend on March 4-5, 2016 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. 
  2. On March 4-5, 2016, students will visit campus to learn more about the program and to interview for a chance to be selected as an Artist Collaborative member. 
  3. In April 2016, 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.

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.

*You don't have to be planning to major in an art-related subject to be considered for the Artist Collaborative. You only need to indicate an interest in the arts on your application to be considered for the program.


Paul Bylsma

Manager of Enrollment Initiatives
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