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…

  • CHILI COOK-OFF

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    The Thornapple Arts Council will host a chili cook-off fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in the Barry Community Enrichment Center (231 S. Broadway) to raise money for the Sue Drummond Scholarship Fund. The event is open to individual entries, as well as business/organization entries, and there will be three awards given. […]
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  • Registration now open for the 2nd annual Barry County Artists Exhibition

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    Attention all Barry County artists! Together the Thornapple Arts Council and Historic Charlton Park are hosting a juried exhibition of artists from Barry County to be on display at Charlton Park in the Irving D. Charlton Memorial Museum building in the Fall of 2016.  Deadline to apply is August 31, 2016. Eligibility All artists residing in […]
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  • FRIDAY NIGHT FEATURES

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    Friday Night Features is a concert series taking place 3 times over the summer. All concerts start at 7:30 PM and will take place at the Thornapple Plaza.  Concessions will be available for purchase. June 17th – Jr. Walker’s Allstar Band July 15th – Matt Williams August 12th – Westside Soul Surfers The Friday Night Features […]
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  • Art Pantry

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    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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