A group of people who usually don't get the opportunity to enjoy the 19-day ArtPrize competition, will do just that later today -- thanks to some graduate students from Grand Valley State University.
Occupational therapy students at GVSU are teaming up with older adults from Four Points Center for Successful Aging, showing some 50 elderly the best of ArtPrize Eight on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
The effort is part of the students' curriculum, as they learn how to view the world through the eyes of others. They will assist with some walking tours -- and for those who aren't as mobile, a special bus tour around town will be provided.
"To help show the older adults that they can still be out in the community and also to show to the public that those stigmas we discussed aren't true," said Rachel Morrison, graduate student. "A lot of them say that 'oh, an older adult is frail, they can no longer be out in the community, they can no longer contribute,' but in reality they can."
The students and older adults will be out and about starting at 10 a.m.
ArtPrize continues to strive to provide accessibility to all -- with certain pathways laid out with wheelchair use in mind. The event is even offering a free daily wheelchair rental program, which can be accessed by visiting the HUB on Sheldon or the Oasis Lounge.
For more information about ArtPrize accessibility, click here.