Elk Rapids, Michigan
Elk Rapids, Michigan
Actively supporting the arts in Elk Rapids, Michigan, Art Rapids! is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 by a group of arts-minded citizens to organize a juried art fair. Since that time, the organization has expanded to include other outreach programs:
In 2012, Art Rapids! began working with Antrim County to develop an outdoor sculpture park in the county-owned, waterfront Elk Rapids Day Park. This “Walk of Art” offers selected artists a place to exhibit their work for sale, helps attract visitors, and provides art-education opportunities to youth and the community at large. Currently, the Walk of Art features 30 sculptures.
Art Rapids!, established in 2006, is a non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of arts-minded citizens. It is our mission to enhance the arts and art education in the Elk Rapids area. Art Rapids! has two primary sources of income: donations from art-minded citizens, and art events in the Elk Rapids area. Since its inception in 2006, Art Rapids! has given back over $100,000 in the form of grants, scholarships, artist awards, and the Walk of Art Sculpture Gallery.
Art Rapids! Arts Grant Program
Request for Approved Funds
To receive approved grant funds, please complete and submit this form along with a copy of the required documentation showing proof of purchase or 100% project funding. Acceptable documentation includes receipts, purchase contracts, completed school purchase orders or a letter of purchase confirmation from designated performers, artists or vendors.
Name of Applicant_________________________________________________________________________
School or Organization_____________________________________________________________________
City, State Zip____________________________________________________________________________
Name of Performer, Artist or Vendor_________________________________________________________
City, State Zip_____________________________________________________________________________
Amount Requested (must be equal to or less than approved grant) $_____________________________
To whom should the check be made payable? ________________________________________________
Please mail this form and required documentation to: Art Rapids!
Attention: Treasurer PO Box 301
Elk Rapids, MI 49629
For Art Rapids! Use
Check Amount Treasurer’s Signature
Art Rapids! retains the right to request the return of funds not used in the manner as described in the approved application and grant confirmation letter.
Student Art Scholarships
Elk Rapids Schools
Applicant must be in grades 8-12
Art Rapids! is a non-profit organization which promotes fine art and enhances the growing reputation of Elk Rapids as an art-focused community. It is our mission to enhance the arts and art education in the Elk Rapids area.
The Student Arts Scholarships will be provided up to $500 each for Elk Rapids students in grades 8-12 to take advanced instruction in a visual or performing art and/or literature.
Examples of places where a student might study a visual or performing art:
● Local Artist (e.g. private or semi-private lessons, or a class)
● Blue Lakes Fine Arts Camp
● Guest student at Northwestern Michigan College
● Interlochen Center for the Arts/Arts Camp
● College of Creative Studies/Student Portfolio Workshop
Payment of the scholarship will be made directly to the art center, to the camp or to the college. There will be three rounds of funding per year.
Deadline to submit portfolio is October 15 for round 1, January 15 for round 2, and April 15 for round 3. The completed portfolio must be signed by Ms. Anderson, High School Counselor and mailed to Art Rapids!, PO Box 301, Elk Rapids, Michigan 49629.
An application portfolio should contain:
● Completed application
● Student essay reflecting how visual or performing art and/or literature experiences have influenced you
● Letter of recommendation from a teacher in your field of study
● Copy of completed college, camp or workshop application, if applicable
● Three to five photographs of your work or a DVD of your performances
(Please check to make sure all CDs and DVDs are in working order)
Questions: Contact Art Rapids! Education Committee Chair, Nancy McRay, firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone _____________________________ Cell ______________________________
Parent or Guardiansʼ Name_______________________________________________
Age _______ Grade______ School you attend__________________GPA _________
Please check your visual or performing art area of interest:
Art___ Film___ Music – vocal___ Music – instrumental___ Dance___ Theatre___
Please list your school and community activities, years involved and leadership positions held.
Please list special honors or awards that you have received in school.
Please list your personal interests or hobbies.
Please list names, addresses and phone numbers of three references (other than relatives) with whom you are well acquainted.
Student Essay: One page, up to 300 words. Please answer the following questions in your essay.
● How have your visual or performing art and/or literature experiences influenced your interests?
● What type of class would you hope to enroll in and why?
● What do you hope to gain by taking the class or workshop?
● What is your favorite medium and why?
● Who is your favorite artist and why?
Signature of Applicant ___________________________________________________
Signature of Parent or Guardian ___________________________________________
Signature of Counselor __________________________________________________
Those students receiving scholarships will be notified at the annual Awards Ceremony.
For Art Rapids use only
Date reviewed ____A/R (circle one) Date of notification ___
In cooperation with Antrim County, Art Rapids! has created a “Walk of Art” outdoor sculpture gallery in the county’s Elk Rapids Day Park on South Bay Shore Drive. In addition to the sculptures, the park is also host to classes and workshops, concerts, and various other activities.
The concept is an extension of the organization’s mission to enhance and promote the arts in the Elk Rapids area. The Day Park comprises about 15 acres of forest, dune and a quarter mile of beach frontage along East Grand Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan. It has public rest rooms, a picnic pavilion with handicap access from a 90-car parking lot, numerous foot trails and picnic sites with charcoal grills and tables. Enhancing the Day Park with schulptures has provided another way to enjoy art and nature, made more people aware of this lovely park, and attracted more visitors to the community.
Sculptures selected by a jury will be placed on display for one to three years. A three-year maximum is intended to keep the exhibits new and interesting. Most of the sculptures are available for purchase.
The sculpture gallery opened in May of 2013 with six selected sculptures, and has expanded each year, featuring 30 pieces in 2016. The entrance to the park is marked by a commissioned sign created by Art Brown of Torch Tip Ironworks.
In 2013, Art Rapids! received the prestigious “Keep Michigan Beautiful” award for the Walk of Art project.The “Walk of Art” is funded by private gifts, donations and MCACA grants.
With the help of art-enthusiasts and community members like you, Art Rapids! can continue to support the art education of young people and deliver quality arts programming to the entire community. Your gifts in the form of an annual donation are greatly appreciated and welcomed.
Please join us in support of the arts in Elk Rapids by becoming a donor to Art Rapids! today. Your tax-deductible donation will strengthen scholarship and school-assistance programs and benefit community arts programs. Your gift to Art Rapids! will be multiplied many times over in the joy and vitality that it delivers to all.
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