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…

  • Auction for the Arts – Call for donations and sponsors!

    The Thornapple Arts Council board and staff invite you to support the 20th Annual Auction for the Arts, our largest annual fundraiser. Money raised at the auction supports programs such as the Jazz Festival, Fridays at the Fountain, and youth scholarships. We are seeking donations to use in our live and silent auction to help […]
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  • 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 […]
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  • High School Art Exhibition

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    The Thornapple Arts Council is hosting its 3rd annual High School Art Exhibition at Leason Sharpe Hall in the Barry Community Enrichment Center (231 S. Broadway).  The exhibition will be on view March 18-21 & 24-27 with an opening reception on Tuesday, March 18 from 5-7 PM. 
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