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. 37 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 two staff members with continued volunteer community support.
Announcing the 2023-2024 HPAC/TAC season! This year’s lineup includes four concerts throughout the fall, winter, and spring, including the Grand Rapids Symphony, Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass, and more.
The inaugural Fair Ground Festival has come and gone. In this blog post, our Executive Director Megan Lavell recognizes the efforts of all the people in our community who helped bring this event to life.
The fall term is coming at the Hastings Community Music School! This term, HCMS is offering lessons in cello, flute, guitar, piano, percussion, recorder, violin, voice, and ukulele. Click the photo above to learn more.
The August newsletter is here! This month’s edition includes information on the Fair Ground Festival, Hastings Live, Courageous Conversations, and more.
Mark your calendar — the Auction for the Arts returns on November 4th with a Mardi Gras theme! Save the date and join us for this annual fundraiser supporting the arts in Barry County.
Win a handcrafted quilt made at a series of free community quilting workshops led by local talent Jonah Evans. Funds raised through raffle ticket sales will support scholarships at the Hastings Community Music School. Tickets are on sale now!
Dig out your drawing pencils — a new community art project from the Thornapple Arts Council and the Barry County Tourism Council is here! Write a love letter to your community by contributing to the Barry County Coloring Book, a project highlighting historic and cultural sites in our area.