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TAC’s 2016 Annual Meeting will be held at 5:15 on January 21st in the Board Room of the Barry Community Enrichment Center.

Thornapple Arts Council History

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.

Thornapple Arts Council Mission

The mission of the Thornapple Arts Council is to enrich Barry County through arts and culture by fostering education, appreciation, and participation of the arts.

Thornapple Arts Council Staff

Megan Lavell, Executive Director
Click here to email Megan

Katherine Ransbottom, Program Director
Click here to email Katherine

We are located in the Barry Community Enrichment Center (the former First Presbyterian Church of Hastings) at 231 South Broadway, Hastings.  When corresponding with us via U.S. mail, please use this address:

Thornapple Arts Council, 
P.O. Box 36
Hastings, MI 49058

2015 Thornapple Arts Council Volunteer Opportunities


Marketing (meet quarterly)

  • Develop and implement marketing plan
  • Review marketing materials
  • Add/suggest marketing and media outlets

Fundraising (meet quarterly)

  • Develop fundraising goals
  • Identify possible fundraising opportunities
  • Serve on fundraising work group (meet as needed seasonally)
    • Membership
    • Endowment
    • Annual campaign
    • Year-end campaign

Programs (meet quarterly)

  • Serve as program development support for staff
  • Help secure program volunteers


Jazz Festival (April 23, 24, 25)

  • Planning committee
  • Event volunteer
  • Marketing support

Auction for the Arts (early November)

  • Planning committee
  • Donation solicitation
  • Event night volunteer

No Family Left Indoors (July 14)

  • Program support for TAC No Family Left Indoors event July 14

Roots Music Festival (Oct. 10)

  • Planning committee
  • Event volunteer
  • Marketing support

Art at the Plaza

  • Program support for one hour every Thursday throughout the summer

Arts and Eats (Oct. 17 and 18)

  • Marketing committee
  • Event support volunteer
  • Distribution volunteer

Art on the Lawn (June 20)

  • Event volunteer

Creative Kids Workshop

  • Event volunteer

Christmas in July Artist Market (July 25)

  • Planning committee
  • Event support
  • Marketing support

Docent Opportunities

  • Art Reach (throughout the school year at your convenience)
  • Downtown Hastings Sculpture Exhibit Opening Celebration (June 19)
  • Fridays at the Fountain (12-1:30 p.m. every Friday throughout the summer)
  • Art Prize Bus Tours (three tours in September and October)
  • Arts and Eats Bus Tour (Oct. 17)

Thornapple Arts Council office support


Sorting and organizing

Facility help (paint touch-up, classroom face-lift)


If you are interested in learning more about any of these volunteer opportunities please contact Megan at 269-945-2002.