ArtPrize, Deloitte and Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University Announce Continuation of Internship Program to Increase Professional Opportunities for Students

GRAND RAPIDS (MI)–September 11, 2019 — Project 1 by ArtPrize, in collaboration with Deloitte and Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD), are excited to announce the continuation of an Internship Program that welcomes college students from across West Michigan who are eager to learn important leadership skills and gain professional experience within creative fields and non-profit administration.

“In everything we do, KCAD strives to cultivate student-centered learning opportunities that fuel the regional economy with creative leaders and critical thinkers who approach their work with a global perspective,” said KCAD President Tara McCrackin. “The ArtPrize internship program provides a focused way to not only support paid professional development experiences in the arts and design but also actively showcase creativity as an important cultural and economic building block.”

Through the support and collaboration of all three organizations, students participating in the Internship Program will engage in experiential learning opportunities in education, visual arts, design and non-profit development. Additionally, ArtPrize will connect these students to area and global leaders across a wide range of industries, as well as national and international artists and cultural institutions.

“Deloitte is a longtime sponsor of ArtPrize and we’re excited to support this incredible program,” commented Tina Wheeler, Grand Rapids Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP. “Helping to develop and retain talent in West Michigan is a top priority and this internship program is an important step in that direction.”

ArtPrize is an advocate for the community, the arts, creativity and economic development across the region. The organization is dedicated to connecting young people to the arts through a variety of learning opportunities and is, thanks to our sponsors, uniquely positioned to provide degree-seeking students with paid internship opportunities.

Project 1 by ArtPrize is the first in a series of multi-sited public art exhibitions in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Five international, national and local artists will create multifaceted installations, urban interventions and community-oriented projects, exploring the lines that unite and divide a city, and what it means to belong.

Located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) is committed to creating lasting impact in West Michigan and beyond through collaborative partnerships, cultural innovation and an educational model that prepares students for leadership in the visual arts, design, art history, and art education. For more, please visit

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Margaret Paxton, ArtPrize Communications Assistant

Elena Tislerics, KCAD Chief Communications Officer

Jane Broski, Central Region Public Relations Leader, Deloitte

Project 1 Opening Day Celebration: September 7
Project 1 Closing Ceremonies: October 27