On the TAC Jazz Festival:
“We have taken away some great pedagogical concepts from the clinicians, and the three-day opportunity to listen to other jazz groups of all ages is unparalleled anywhere around. The all star bands have given students a chance to work with our teaching all stars here in Michigan.”
Music teacher, Thornapple Kellogg High School
On the Sue Drummond Scholarship Program:
“The Sue Drummond Scholarship has been integral to my growth as a violist and musician. I received the Sue Drummond Scholarship in 2016, 2018 and 2019, and it allowed me to attend music camps that I otherwise would not have been able to afford. In 2018 and 2019, the scholarship allowed me to move on to a more rigorous camp experience that has brought my musicianship to the next level and has allowed me to advance my musical career by making connections I would not otherwise have been able to make. I am grateful for the opportunities the scholarship has made possible.”
Sue Drummond Scholarship Recipient
On the Financial Assistance Fund:
“The Thornapple Arts Council has played a vital role in Barry County for many decades. Their dedication to helping the community see, hear, taste, touch, and experience the fine and performing arts is unmatched by any other organization in our community. As one of the band directors in this area, I rely on the support of TAC to help my students grow in many ways. TAC has provided thousands of dollars in scholarships to students attending summer music camps. TAC has provided thousands of dollars in sponsorships to the Hastings Bands to help purchase much-needed instruments for the program. TAC has provided thousands of funding dollars to support the Hastings City Band, which allows for students and adults to come together and perform music all summer long. Without the support of TAC, the Hastings Bands would have a tremendous gap to fill for support. We are thankful for and dependent on their annual support!”
Director of Bands, Hastings Schools
On the Financial Assistance Fund:
“Each year, funding for the arts program changes and shifts depending on the economic situation of the school. At best, I am able to cover basic supplies (like paint, drawing tools, and paper); at worst, the budget cuts leave me wondering how I will survive the school year and have enough supplies to reach June. I teach a wide range of students, 3rd grade through high school. In our worst years, when the budget is cut so low that I don’t even have money to buy paper, let alone the materials to draw with, the Thornapple Arts Council has let me raid their pantry to get crayons, markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, and more. In the best years, when I have a decent budget, TAC has given me grants to be able to afford the “extra things” like clay, glaze, tools, stained glass, and more. The help in this area has made sure that my students get hands-on experience with multiple different medias. Those same students have gone on to compete at the state level in competitions like MITES and swept the competition taking 1st-4th place. From paper and pencils, to clay and glass, TAC has been a wonderful blessing. I could not do what I do without the help they have given us. The support of this organization has touched many students and has given them opportunities that wouldn’t have been possible.”
Art teacher, Maple Valley Schools
While the Thornapple Arts Council is fortunate to receive an operational grant from MCACA (the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs) each year, there is always a need for funds. We depend in part on donations from our community in order to continue serving Barry County.
Ways to Donate
- Donate online through the PayPal button below
- Mail a check payable to the Thornapple Arts Council
231 S Broadway
Hastings, MI 49058
- Call the Arts Council office at 269-945-2002
We thank you for your support of the arts in Barry County.
The Thornapple Arts Council is a registered 501(c)(3).