April 1, 2020
Unfortunately, SummerStudio Design Thinking 2020 is on hold due to the COVID-19 Crisis.  We are currently exploring an online offering.

Explore the transformative power of Human-Centered Design Thinking to equip you, your teammates, and your students as creative problem solvers to design a better world!

SummerStudio 2020 Design Thinking | Building a Community of Learners and Leaders will explore the visionary role of Human-Centered Design in guiding participants in the creative problem-solving process of design thinking—an inventive process through which problems are identified, solutions proposed and produced, and results evaluated.

This event is in collaboration with supporting partners, the National Art Education Association (NAEA), and faculty from Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) of Ferris State University (FSU) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, July 19 – 24, 2020. 

Contributing partners include Fiat Chrysler Automotives, Steelcase, Crayola Education, Bill & Sara Morgan,
Grand Rapids Public Museum School, and the Design-Ed Coalition. SummerStudio Design Thinking 2020 includes studios, classrooms, workshops, and exhibition space in the heart of a design mecca in Grand Rapids. 

Our setting, the Grand Rapids Public Museum School, is the product of ongoing educational collaborations between the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kendall College of Art and Design of FSU, Grand Valley State University, the City of Grand Rapids, and Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. The school is a Grand Rapids Public School Center of Innovation--and will eventually serve grades 6th through 12th. The school uses progressive teaching utilizing design thinking techniques, an immersive environment, and real-life experiences that inspire passionate curiosity, nurture creative problem solving, cultivate critical thinking, and instigate innovation. The high school is a proud recipient of a prestigious $10,000,000 XQ Super School grant.

KCAD prepares students for leadership in the visual arts, design, art history, and art education; provides innovative, collaborative education that fosters intellectual growth and individual creativity; and promotes the ethical and civic responsibilities of artists and designers, locally and globally. 

  • Rande Blank, Associate Professor, Director, MAT Art + Design Education, University of the Arts; Past-Chair, NAEA Design Interest Group; Higher Education, Pennsylvania Art Education Association Member; Design-Ed Board Member
  • Gayle DeBruyn, Program Chair, KCAD Furniture, Collaborative Design, Master of Art and Design, Chief Sustainability Officer; Co-Developer of XQ Super School, Grand Rapids Public Museum School 
  • Dr. Jan Norman, Founding Director, Design for Thinking Teaching Institute; Past-Chair NAEA Design Interest Group; Former Eastern Region Vice President, NAEA; Former President, Pennsylvania Art Education Association
  • Carrie Ann Power, Art and Design Education Consultant; Retired Visual and Performing Arts Associate South Carolina Department of Education; NAEA Design Interest Group Member; South Carolina Arts Alliance Board Member
  • Dr. Cindy Todd, Chair, Art Education, KCAD; Co-Developer of XQ Super School, Grand Rapids Public Museum School; NAEA Art Educator of the Year; Former Western Region Vice President, NAEA; Former President, Michigan Art Education Association
  • Doris Wells-Papanek, Chair, NAEA Design Interest Group; Founder and Director, Design Learning Network; Design Challenge Facilitator; Design Research and Strategy Consultant; Design-Ed Board Member

A limited number of scholarships are available. 
To learn more and/or submit an application, please complete this Google Form

The deadline for submitting this online application is Monday, April 27, 2020.
If additional funding becomes available, a second application deadline will be May 11.
  • Team members of 2 to 3 who receive a scholarship will receive a minimum award of one full-tuition scholarship ($449)
  • Accepted team members of 4 or more who receive a scholarship, will receive a minimum of 1 1/2 tuition of scholarship funding ($674)
  • Once awardees have been notified, the non-refundable team balance for registration is due by May 8, 2020

Dr. Jan Norman, Co-Director, SummerStudio: Design Thinking 2020
Cell: (610) 608-9200  |  jannorman728@gmail.com 

Dr. Cindy Todd, Co-Director, SummerStudio: Design Thinking 2020
Cell: (616) 822-0045  |  cindytodd@ferris.edu  

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Early Registration through May 1:  $449
Late Registration begins May 2:  $499

Total participants limited to 50

To Register by Check without fees, please click here

  • Breakfasts, snacks, & beverages
  • All studio materials, design thinking resources, education packets, tote bags, & more
  • All-day offsite visits to Fiat Chrysler & Steelcase include transportation, lunches, & workshops

  • Professional Development Credits (SCHECH’s), 30 hours (small fee applies) or one to three graduate credits from KCAD (additional written assignments & fees apply)

  • Inspirational speakers, field trips, & tours
  • Opening Reception
  • Local event options include:
    • Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts
    • Meijer Gardens
    • City Tour

Affordable Walkable Lodging
(616) 608-1720

(616) 242-6000

Upscale Walkable Lodging
(616) 774-2000

(616) 242-1500

Grand Rapids Public Museum School, 272 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

272 Pearl St NW

Early Registration through May 1:  $449

Late Registration begins May 2:  $499

Building a Community of Learners and Leaders 

Prepare art educators and decision-makers across disciplines to be innovative, socially conscious change agents in education using design thinking

Explore the benefits of using design thinking as an approach to solving real-world challenges by analyzing and applying its role within the process

Foster design and arts integration efforts by integrating and promoting school-to-college and career readiness best practices while meeting the National Visual Arts and Media Arts Standards 

Encourage the application of design thinking in teaching and learning across the curriculum, including science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) by using it as a model for empathizing with users and collaborating in teams 

Cultivate a national “Community of Learners and Leaders in Design Thinking” by presenting design challenge solutions to peers, facilitators, and faculty, and replicating exemplary practices to mentor other leaders.