Welcome to the Thornapple Arts Council

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. 25 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 an executive director and a part-time program coordinator with continued volunteer community support. Read Learn…


    Attention all writers! The City of Hastings, in conjunction with the Thornapple Arts Council, is conducting a story writing contest for one of our downtown sculptures. This year we are asking middle and high school students to submit a story about our sculpture “The Gatherer.”   What do we know about this sculpture? We know […]
    Read more
  • Deadline to apply for the Barry Co. Artist Exhibition is March 31

    TAC Promo
    Attention all Barry County artists! Together the Thornapple Arts Council and Historic Charlton Park are hosting a juried exhibition of artists from Barry County to be on display at Charlton Park in the Irving D. Charlton Memorial Museum building in the Fall of 2015.  Deadline to apply is March 31, 2015. Click here for more information […]
    Read more
  • Art Pantry

    Thornapple Arts Council is partnering with Barry County Art Departments to create a year-round collection of art supplies and materials called the Art Pantry. This Art Pantry program will accept donations of art supplies all year-long.  Those supplies will then be distributed to the classrooms that have chosen to opt in to this program throughout […]
    Read more