From the Herman Miller youth art project

Herman Miller has collaborated with the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) and ArtPrize to give students opportunity to design art that expressed their own unique perspective. The students were invited to address four major topics, including sustainability, cultural diversity, arts and community, and volunteerism. They worked with an unusual canvas—a set of the company’s Meridian lateral files. The young artist’s designs were then displayed at “The Hub” during ArtPrize, an annual, international art celebration and contest that ran from September 21-October 9, and were ultimately donated to the Grand Rapids Public School (GRPS) District.

It’s impressive, said Dr. Bernard Taylor, GRPS’s Superintendent. Artistic expression comes in so many forms. Kids are sometimes thought of as superficial, but if you give them time and opportunity they will most often thoroughly impress.

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