Due to the current economic climate, many Barry County schools have made the difficult decision to cut their art department budgets. The cuts have been severe, and some departments are left with a budget that is as little as two dollars per student for the entire school year. It is with this reality in mind that the Thornapple Arts Council has partnered with area art departments to create a year-round collection of art supplies and materials called the Art Pantry. Through this program, teachers at K-12 schools in Barry County are invited to stop by TAC and take what materials they may need for their students. Teachers can also request specific materials here.
The Art Pantry program accepts donations year round. Cash donations are more helpful than physical donations as they allow us to order specific and specialty items a teacher may need.