Giving Tuesday 2019Get ready for Giving Tuesday with the Thornapple Arts Council! Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration, and it is on Giving Tuesday that TAC kicks off its year-end giving campaign.Why give to TAC? Read on to hear why from students and educators in Barry County:
“For my students, the impact [of the Jazz Festival] has been three-fold. First, we’ve taken away some great pedagogical concepts from the clinicians. Second, the three-day opportunity to listen to other jazz groups of all ages is unparalleled anywhere around. Third, the all star bands have given the students a chance to work with our teaching all stars here in Michigan and to interact with students from other schools.”
Music Teacher, Thornapple-Kellogg High School
“The Sue Drummond Arts Education 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 scholarships have made possible.”
Sue Drummond Arts Education Scholarship Recipient
“I have been teaching at Maple Valley Schools for 4 years now. 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, paper, etc.) and 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 up through high school. Since we are a small program, I end up teaching a little bit of everything so that the students are exposed to all forms of art. In our worst years, when the budget is cut so low that I don’t even have enough 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 supplies, 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. This year, a new grant was awarded to us to help some of my students who are going on an overseas art trip to Italy and Greece in 2022.
From paper and pencils, to clay and glass, the Thornapple Arts Council has been a wonderful blessing to our school. I could not do what I do without the help they have given us. Your support of this organization has touched many students and has given them opportunities that wouldn’t have otherwise been possible.”
Art Teacher, Maple Valley Schools
Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat is Giving Tuesday?
Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
When is Giving Tuesday?
Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (so December 3rd in 2019). Many nonprofits–ourselves included–choose to start a year-end giving campaign on Giving Tuesday that continues through the end of the calendar year.
Why Giving Tuesday at the Thornapple Arts Council?
There are a couple reasons!
While the Thornapple Arts Council is fortunate to receive an operational grant from MCACA (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. In 2018, we exceeded our Giving Tuesday goal of $2500!
To show our appreciation for the community, we are pleased to announce our 2019 Giving Tuesday campaign theme: Pajama Giving! This campaign focuses on the ease with which you can donate from anywhere at any time, even from your couch in your pajamas!
The Thornapple Arts Council is a registered 501(c)(3).
How to Help
Thank you for considering the Thornapple Arts Council in your year-end giving. We appreciate your continued support of the arts in Barry County.
Arts and Eats
The weekend of October 18-20 saw the 9th annual Arts and Eats tour, and what beautiful weather we had this year! With 69 sites spread out over five counties, there truly was something to delight every visitor.
The fun does not stop now, though! Visit the Arts and Eats website all year long for a list of participating sites, and visit them throughout the year! The tour weekend may have passed, but it is always a great time to support Southwest Michigan businesses.
Interested in joining the tour next year? Follow the official Facebook page to stay up-to-date on application information!
Did you participate in Arts and Eats this year? We’d love to hear from you! Participating artisans, farms, and restaurants can fill out the participant survey here, while Arts and Eats visitors can email their thoughts.
Barry County Artists Exhibition
The 5th annual Barry County Artists Exhibition is now underway! View the winning pieces below, and see the entire exhibition in the Irving D. Charlton Memorial Museum at Historic Charlton Park now through December 15th.
Stay tuned for a special Giving Tuesday email
coming to you on Tuesday, November 12th!
Coming to you this December — a Christmas concert! Join us at the Hastings Performing Arts Center on Saturday, December 21st, for a Christmas-themed vocal music performance by Three Men and a Tenor! Put on by the Thornapple Arts Council and generously sponsored by Highpoint Community Bank, this concert also features the Hastings High School Choir.
Jazz Fest Applications Open
Preparations are underway for the 17th Annual Jazz Festival, taking place in downtown Hastings April 23-25th, 2020, and applications are now live! Get your application in on the TAC website by January 17th to be considered.
Interested in learning more? Read more here or follow the Jazz Festival Facebook page!
Looking Four Months Forward
- October 19-December 15: Barry County Artists Exhibition
- October 29: Jazz Festival Applications Open
- November 9: 25th Annual Auction for the Arts: Masquerade Ball
- December 2: Christmas Cookie Decorating Class
- December 3: Giving Tuesday
- December 6: Creative Kids Workshop during Hastings Jingle & Mingle
- December 14: Hastings Community Music School’s Holiday Recital
- December 21: Christmas concert featuring Three Men and a Tenor and the Hastings High School choir
- January 17: Jazz Festival Applications Close