Shake, Rattle, and Roll!
This year’s event features raffles, a costume contest, and a dance tutorial, plus a special performance by one of our scholarship recipients. For the safety of our community, this will be an entirely virtual event! Rest assured that we still intend to shake, rattle, and roll the night away.
Give to Barry County Schools
This year, the Thornapple Arts Council is celebrating 35 wonderful years serving Barry County, and we need your help.
2020 has been a tough year for us all, and it has been especially hard on funding for the arts in schools. That’s why this year, all proceeds from this year’s event will go directly into our Financial Assistance Fund. This fund helps Barry County arts students and teachers partake in educational opportunities regardless of economic circumstance.
Get ready to shake, rattle, and roll—it’s time for the virtual Auction for the Arts! Stay right here to enjoy some music, learn more about TAC’s impact, and more.
Just a few reminders:
▪ The DeCamp Foundation has generously offered to match funds raised tonight up to $5000, all of which are going to support arts students and teachers in Barry County! Donate here to help support Barry County schools.
▪ The costume contest closes at 7:45! Tag us on Facebook or email in your submission.
▪ Music to set the mood can be found here.
↓ Coming up next: An impact statement from a Barry County student. ↓
“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 scholarships have made possible.”
Tonight is all about supporting arts students in Barry County. One of the ways we do this is through the Sue Drummond Arts Education Scholarships, which offer financial assistance to students pursuing summer arts opportunities.
High school senior Jonah Evans is a recipient of repeated Sue Drummond Scholarships. Since writing the impact statement above, she has also added a 2020 scholarship to her resume.
↓ Coming up next: A performance by Jonah. ↓
Scholarship recipient Jonah Evans performs Florida Blues.
↓ Coming up next: A dance tutorial from Step N’ Time Dance Studio. ↓
Step N’ Time Dance Studio’s Abigail Smith and Abigail Mater lead a Sock Hop-themed dance tutorial.
Watch from the beginning to see the entire dance first, or skip to 2:40 for the tutorial! Confused by learning a mirrored dance? Skip to 19:40 to follow along from behind. Need more of a challenge? Skip to 22:14 for more advanced choreography!
↓ Coming up next: A message from TAC Executive Director Megan Lavell. ↓
TAC Executive Director Megan Lavell discusses 2020, shares more about TAC programming, and says thank you.
↓ Coming up next: Halfway point! ↓
We are now halfway through our virtual Sock Hop. Thank you for sticking with us!
Just a reminder–the DeCamp Foundation has generously offered to match funds raised tonight up to $5000. All proceeds from tonight’s event will go to help support the arts in Barry County schools through TAC’s financial assistance programs. Donate here to help out!
Learn more about TAC’s Financial Assistance Fund here.
↓ Coming up next: A question for you. ↓
Tonight is all about raising money to help Barry County students get the arts education they deserve. How did the arts impact you when you were in school? Let us know in the comments HERE.
↓ Coming up next: Costume contest winner ↓
And the winner of the costume contest is… X NAME!
↓ Coming up next: An impact statement from a Barry County teacher. ↓
A statement on the impact of TAC’s financial support by Spencer White, Director of Bands at Hastings Schools:
“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!”
↓ Coming up next: Raffle drawings! ↓
TAC Executive Director Megan Lavell is back once more to draw the winning raffle tickets!
↓ Coming up next: Local music to close out the night ↓
Local musicians Doug Acker, Dale Svihl, Terry Van Dien, and Tim Acker bring you some Sock Hop music to close out the night.
Thank you to all who joined us and donated to help support the arts in Barry County schools, and a special thank you to the DeCamp Foundation for providing tonight’s donation match.
We hope to see you all in person next year!
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What We Do
With an eye on the importance of this year’s fundraising beneficiary — arts education in Barry County — the Douglas and Margaret DeCamp Foundation has generously offered to match funds raised at the auction up to $5000. Donations made during the auction help K-12 students in our community get the arts education they deserve.