Educators as Designers: Michigan Design Prize Experience
schedule a special session for your group (details below)

"What if imagination and art are not the frosting at all, but are the fountainhead of human experience?"Rollo May

Adding Art to STEM disciplines isn’t a mere decorative addition. Engagement in the arts develops students’ creative literacy skills and positions them to function as designers, working at the intersection of art and technology to create innovative solutions to any kind of problem.

Learning to think like a designer can be a life changing experience as it was for Jillian.

During this one day, hands-on STEAM experience for educators you will learn more about this year’s Michigan Design Prize challenge hosted by the Michigan Design Council, and explore the unique contribution that the arts can make to the STEM disciplines. While experiencing the design process yourself, you will also learn strategies for how to engage your students in the Design Prize Challenge and develop their creative confidence as they design innovative solutions to an authentic problems, and improve people’s lives in practical, beautiful and emotionally fulfilling ways.

You can schedule an Educators as Designers: the Design Prize Challenge studio session at a mutually convenient time for a group of at least 10 and up to 30 by contacting us at Wholemindesign. This session will be focused on the 2018 challenge and the cost is $40.00 per person.

You can also come to the complimentary session held every July. This year the session will be on Wednesday, July 111th from 9:00am – 12:00pm. The session will revolve around the 2019 Michigan Design Prize Challenge. Please see below for details.

We hope you will join us at our studio!

The goals of this session are to:

  • Engage you as a “wholeminded~wholehearted” designer using the Michigan Design Prize challenge as a basis for exploration.
  • Develop strategies and routines to teach students important creative literacy skills needed for innovation.
  • Learn how to use resources to guide your students through the MDC prize challenge.


“Educators as Designers: Michigan Design Prize Experience” will take place at the Wholemindesign Studio for Teaching and Learning, located in a beautiful setting on the edge of the University of Michigan’s Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor. Indoor and outdoor spaces in this natural environment provides participants with a rejuvenating backdrop for their work.

2018 Schedule

  • We will offer a complimentary session in on Wednesday July 11th, 2018 from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Space is limited to 30. Registration is on a first come, first served basis.
  • We will also offer a session to be scheduled at a mutually convenient time if you have at least 10 people (limited to 30) The cost is $40.00 per person. Contact us for more details. contact page

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    “If I had to narrow down this entire course to one phrase, to one piece that resonated with me and changed my entire perspective on how to view art, it would have to be the beautifully put together phrase from day one; “Art is not the frosting, it is an ingredient of the cake.” This one phrase sums up everything I want to keep in mind about art, for as long as I live.”

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    “This course has changed my entire perspective on a number of things. Everything I experienced and learned is going to be forever valuable. The instructor cannot be topped. I have never had an instructor so dedicated and detailed. She made me fall in love with art.”

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    “I learned WHY art is valuable beyond the common things you hear like fine motor skills, mental health, creativity, etc. (although very important) and then HOW to integrate it into classes so that it benefitted the students’ work, which I am still surprised she was able to teach me that because I was very skeptical of finding time for this. I have already been able to talk about project based learning outside of the classroom ...This class has changed my mindset and taught me so many things that I know how to transfer into my practice.”