Art Education Alum Appointed Director of Learning and Creativity for the Grand Rapids Art Museum
After six years of shaping educational programming at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) alumnus Christopher Bruce (’10, BFA Art Education) is stepping into a larger role as the museum looks to expand its education and outreach efforts.
Christopher Bruce (credit: Grand Rapids Art Museum)
Bruce has been promoted to director of GRAM’s new Learning and Creativity department, a reimagining of the former Learning and Audience Engagement department focused on evolving museum’s approach to interfacing with visitors and the community at-large. The transition is part of GRAM’s recently adopted Vision 2021 strategic plan.
Since first joining GRAM as an intern while a student at KCAD, Bruce has been instrumental in enhancing learning opportunities for students and educators, including key strategic initiatives with Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) and Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD). Most notably, he helmed Language Artists, GRAM’s nationally-recognized arts and literacy program for third graders, in collaboration with GRPS and eight other area school districts. Through creative engagement, the program develops strong writing skills alongside 21st century learning skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and multimedia communication.
For more information on KCAD's Art Education program, visit kcad.edu/arteducation.