ArtPrize has a new way for students under the age of 18 to participate in the annual event.

According to a press release, the Youth Collaboration Award, sponsored by Western Michigan University, offers any school or eligible nonprofit educational organization serving students from kindergarten through twelfth grade the opportunity to enter a collaborative piece into ArtPrize Nine and compete for a $5,000 cash prize.

Interested groups may apply to participate by contacting ArtPrize at during the 2017 artist registration period, April 17 through June 8.

Each entry must include at least two artists under the age of 18.

Student entries will be installed in ArtPrize venues during the 19-day event. Visitors will be able to use the public vote feature on the ArtPrize app to choose their favorite.

Youth Collaboration Award entries will be exempt from paying the $100 entry fee and will not be eligible to win the two $200,000 grand prizes or the $100,000 in category awards.

ArtPrize will return to downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan from September 20 to October 8, 2017.

For more information about ArtPrize, click here.

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Kayla Fortney is a digital producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.