Cook Arts Center
The Cook Arts Center provides high-quality programs in the arts (music, dance, theater, visual arts, and pottery) to give children and adults in our neighborhood an opportunity to develop a deeper appreciation of the arts. Through these programs, participants celebrate their own culture and the cultures of others. They enrich their lives, develop skills, build relationships, enhance their self-esteem, and build community. In addition to a wide array of after-school classes, the Arts Center offers drop-in art activities, summer programs, field trips, and winter and spring break programs. At the end of each session, students proudly showcase their work to their families and the community at recitals held at the Cook Arts Center. In 2014 we launched an innovative Teen Leaders in the Arts Program based on Youth Driven Program models and research.
We celebrate exciting collaborations with a variety of community organizations and schools to provide a full menu of opportunities for students to access such as ArtPrize, SiTE:LAB, Opera Grand Rapids, Junior Audubon Grand Rapids, Association for Blind and Visually Impaired, the Creative Youth Center, The Rapidian, Girls Rock! Grand Rapids, Girls Choral Academy, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Valley State University, the YMCA, Spectrum Health, Kendall College of Art and Design, and more!
- After School Programs
- Teen Leaders in the Arts
- Summer Programs
- Winter & Spring Break Camps
- Andy Angelo Press Club and Aerial Tactic
- Girls Rock! Grand Rapids
Because our mission is to enrich lives in the Grandville Avenue neighborhood, classes and programs at the Cook Arts Center are free for those who live within our neighborhood boundaries, which can be seen in the map below. Neighborhood residents are given first priority in all of our classes and programs.
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