The arts play a vital role... 

The arts animate our community, bringing people together to share common experiences, stimulating our imaginations, and fostering a rich and varied quality of life. In Elk Rapids, we are fortunate to have a lively mix of music, theatre, dance, and visual arts.

Actively supporting the arts in Elk Rapids is Art Rapids!, a non-profit organization founded in 2006 by a group of arts-minded citizens. The group set about organizing a juried art fair on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay; the event now attracts more than 4,000 visitors each year.

The art fair has expanded to include several outreach programs including:

  • Scholarships for graduating Elk Rapids seniors pursuing higher education in the arts
  • Scholarships for high-school undergraduates for advanced arts instruction
  • Grants to teachers, schools, area residents and groups for arts-related projects and activities
  • Community arts events
  • Gifts of art and concerts to the community, including the Walk of Art Sculpture Gallery

Your role is vital too...

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.

Thank you for your support and generosity.

Opportunities and benefits...

As a supporter of Art Rapids!, you will enjoy these benefits and opportunities:

  • Art Rapids! email newsletter
  • Advance notice and registration for Art Rapids! sponsored events
  • Recognition on the Art Rapids! website

Your support will enhance the quality of life of the entire Elk Rapids community for years to come, and will help make our town an even finer place to live, work, and visit. 

Two easy options

Join us in our mission to support and encourage artists and the arts and promote Elk Rapids as a place where art happens.

1. Donate Online

Join us in our mission to support and encourage artists and the arts and promote Elk Rapids as a place where art happens.  You may donate online using the button below!


2. Write a Check

Simply make your check payable to:

Art Rapids!, P. O. Box 301, Elk Rapids, MI 49629 or click the button to the left to donate online.