Welcome to the Thornapple Arts Council

The Thornapple Arts Council of Barry County was founded in November 1985 by Sue Drummond with help from John Fehsenfeld and many generous supporters behind the scenes. 25 years later, Thornapple Arts Council members, volunteers and staff maintain their vision to spark creativity, community and culture through programs and education that bring personal enrichment and quality of life to Barry County residents.

The Thornapple Arts Council was a completely volunteer organization until the fall of 1998 when the first part-time managing director was hired. Today TAC has an executive director and a part-time program coordinator with continued volunteer community support. Read Learn…


    JF 2016 Post
    RAIN VENUE UPDATE 4/30/2016: The schedule will be as is except for the following: Lake Effect Big Band Jazz – 2:00 at the Walldorff Ballroom Grand Rapids CC – 3:00 at the Walldorff Ballroom Aquinas College – 4:00 at the Walldorff Ballroom   The US Navy Liberty Call Big Band will be performing in the […]
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  • TJO Big Band Dance Fundraiser

    Join us for an evening of music and dancing at Leason Sharpe Hall in the Barry Community Enrichment Center. Optional dance instruction will be offered throughout the evening. Don’t feel like dancing? That’s fine too – come and support the Thornapple Art Council and enjoy a performance by the Thornapple Jazz Orchestra. Tickets: $15/person or […]
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    There is no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than inviting the people you love to hear great music and support a great cause. That is exactly what the Hastings High School Jazz Band and the First Presbyterian Church of Hastings are doing. A Feb. 13, jazz concert will feature the Hastings High School Jazz […]
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    Join local professional Steve White (White’s Photography) with your furry (and non-furry) family members for a pet photo session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. White will host pet-friendly photo sessions at his studio, located at 120 North Michigan Ave. in Hastings, with proceeds benefiting the Thornapple Arts Council and the Barry […]
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  • Art Pantry

    Thornapple Arts Council is partnering with Barry County Art Departments to create a year-round collection of art supplies and materials called the Art Pantry. This Art Pantry program will accept donations of art supplies all year-long.  Those supplies will then be distributed to the classrooms that have chosen to opt in to this program throughout […]
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