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. 35 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 three part-time staff members with continued volunteer community support.
Applications for the 2021 Arts and Eats tour are open! We invite artists, restaurants, and farms located within the tour area to join the tour and help share all that West Michigan has to offer.
Though the Jazz Fest will look a little different this year, applications are now open for middle and high school big bands! Click through to learn more.
The Thornapple Arts Council’s monthly newsletter is online now. Click the photo above for information on the TAC Jazz Festival, Arts and Eats applications, and more.
Michigan K-12 arts educators of any discipline are eligible to apply for school grants anytime through April 16th or until funds are depleted. Click through to learn more.
Beginning in 2021, the Barry County Artists Exhibition will become a summer exhibition! To facilitate this schedule change, there will be no exhibition in 2020. Click through to read more.