Connect. Collaborate. Create.

The Artist Collaborative is a 2-year program open to incoming students who are interested in the arts, collaboration and leadership*. Through courses, activities and an interim trip to an arts destination in the U.S. or abroad, you will explore your calling as an artist in the twenty-first century.

Program features and benefits

  • Receive a travel voucher to cover the cost of traveling to Ireland for an Artist Collaborative exclusive interim course.
    (Interim destinations may change - cohorts have traveled to Indonesia in the past, and the 2018 interim trip will be to the Republic of Ireland.)
  • Prepare for a vocation by studying topics such as entrepreneurship, creative thinking, arts leadership/advocacy and arts collaboration.
  • Collaborate with other members of the Artist Collaborative to create art that makes meaningful contributions to pressing and current issues both locally and globally.
  • 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, 2018.
  • High school seniors planning to enter Calvin College in fall 2018.
  • Prospective students interested in arts-related activities or academic programs such as art, graphic design, architecture, dance, film and media, music and theatre on your application.

Next Steps:

If you wish to get involved with the Artist Collaborative at Calvin College, you will need to do two things:

1) Express your interest

Tell us a bit about yourself and why you're interested in the program.(The interest form will be available again in the Fall of 2018.)

2) Apply to Calvin

Complete Calvin's application early in order to be admitted by February 1. 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, here is what you can expect to happen:

  1. Invitations to attend an Artist Collaborative interview weekend in February 2018 will be sent in early 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. This invitation includes visiting campus to learn more about the program and to interview for a chance to be selected as an Artist Collaborative member. 
  3. Prospective students will be notified of their acceptance to the program in March 2018. 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 a new Artist Collaborative. The program spans each student's first and second year at Calvin.

Yearly Schedule


Year One


Year Two


Junior/Senior Years

Fall Semester / Interim  Fall Semester / Interim   Fall and Spring Semesters  
Enroll in a one-credit First-Year Seminar course that is reserved for Artist Collaborative members. All first-year students are required to take this course Attend two arts-focused events with other Collaborative members  Collaborate with others to create and showcase artwork. This can include any arts media and collaborators of your choice
Enroll in a required DCM (Developing a Christian Mind) course in preparation for the cohort's trip abroad  The option to travel abroad with the Collaborative during interim   
 Spring Semester Spring Semester   
Enroll in a Visual Arts course reserved for Artist Collaborative members. This course will satisfy one of your 'core' (general education) requirements Attend two arts-focused events with other Collaborative members   
Attend two arts-focused events  Presentations of creative and collaborative work completed with other members of the cohort    
  Meet new Artist Collaborative cohorts!   

*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.


Ben Hollemans

Ben Hollemans

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