Young Adult Art Class Helper
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Artists Creating Together

Young Adult Art Class Helper

You’ll offer hands-on support for ACT’s specialized art classes for Grand Rapids Public School transition students (18-26 years old) with intellectual or developmental disabilities. You’ll encourage students’ class participation in a variety of art forms, like hip-hop, ceramics, dance, painting, and more. With varying levels of abilities, each student will need a unique level of hands-on support. Some students are capable of creating projects with little to no help, while others may need more individual, hands-on assistance. Classes are Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and run throughout the school year. Sometimes classes will meet elsewhere for off-site learning and exploring.

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Weekly on either Tuesday or Friday mornings (9:30-11:30 a.m.) for at least one semester
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Belknap Lookout
1140 Monroe Ave NW Suite 4101
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 1140 Monroe Ave NW
Suite 4101
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Is This the Right Fit for Me?

You’re ready to step up when needed to show off some dance moves or get your hands dirty in some art supplies. You get that everyone has unique abilities and something important to offer. You love the way the arts can reveal things about people or teach us all lessons. You know that we’re all in this together, and that offering a safe environment is important. While you certainly don’t need to be a professional artist, your art skills are welcome!

About Artists Creating Together

Artists Creating Together empowers individuals with disabilities to learn, grow, and celebrate through the arts. ACT connects teaching artists with individuals who have disabilities at all life stages. These specially trained instructors are professional working artists who provide unique programming to students with differing needs in a variety of settings. From partnership with local rehabilitation hospitals to community-wide educational events, these teachers provide art and creative expression programming and classes that enrich and improve the lives of people with disabilities in every corner of Grand Rapids.

  • Act Artists Hands Painting
  • Act Artists Painting On Wall
  • Act Volunteer In Art Class 1

What Others are Saying

“Students who come to ACT get more in touch with their feelings, make friends, and become inspired. My highlight of volunteering in this class has been learning different art forms, like taking recycled things and making art. Each new session, students learn a new form of art from a real professional who teaches the history about the art form as well. This volunteer experience has helped me to look outside of myself.”


Contact the Organization

If you’re ready to ask some questions and get started, contact the Artists Creating Together directly.

Angela Steele Executive Director 616-885-5866

What to Expect

Fill out the volunteer application, and an ACT staff member will call or email you to schedule a volunteer orientation. During orientation, you and the ACT staff person will decide which volunteer area is a good fit for you, based on the interest areas you select in the form.