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 happensYou can 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 right to donate online.

Thank You

Art Rapids! Contributors

For the fiscal year ending August 31, 2017 - as of March 31, 2017


Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

Business Donors

Environmental Architects

ReMax of Elk Rapids

State Farm Insurance - Mark Riedy

The W Group

Individual Donors

Sustaining ($250 and above)

Nancy Baker

Pam Butcher

Sherri and Graydon DeCamp

Kris and Phil Elbert

Hildreth Foundation

Barb and Bernie Johnson

Peggy and Graham Martin

Nancy and Gary McRay

Charlotte and Bob Streit

Bobbi and Bob Vitito

Gera and Jim Witte

Supporting  ($100 to 249)

Julia Amos

Laura Andersen

Sharon Bacon

Samantha and Whit Blakeslee

Jean and John Boquist

Amanda and Paul Brink

Mary Jane and Gary Chenoweth

Lisa Cooley

Sarah and Jeff Conway

Sandy and Doug Cron

Debbie and Steve Francis

Christie Lozen-Looney and John Looney

Lisa and Rob McCririe

Sue and Mike McIntyre

Joyce Mims

Susan and Charlie Mueller

Barb Mullaly

Elaine and Dave Olson

Vickie and Tom Palmer

Susan and Richard Pixley

Kathy and David Ripmaster

Jackie Roberts

Maureen and Theodore Robinson

Nancy and Lou Sanford

Martha Scarborough

Christine and Thompson Sloane

Marjorie and Svend Teglhoj

Gera and Jim Witte

Nancy and Marshall Wright

Babs Young

Family  ($50 to 99)

Lynn and Chuck Bauer

Karen and John Boals

Susan and Michael Chesney

Connie and Dick Claar

Dean and Sandy Coobac

Mary Ann and George Coroneos

Donna and Jack Fahlen

Charlene and Paul Fitzpatrick

Elaine and Don Glowicki

Carol and Jim Goetz

Inez and Thomas Gotts

Gloria and Charles Johnson

Karen and Bob Kingon

Barb and Chris Korynski

Linda and David Krill

James Lagowski

Vince Lobisco

Mary Lou Lufkin

David Martin

Lou Ann and Jim McKimmy

Barbara Moyer

Michelle Mueller

Vickilyn and Richard Olsafsky

Kathy and John Polanski

Mark Riedy

Chris and Peter Romeo

Doris and Lee Scott

Deanna and George Seifried

Beth and Dan Stainforth

Joanne and Les Teague

Individual  (up to $49)

Lillian Borland

Joani Braun

Art Brown

Nick Colucci

Marcia and Mack Endo

Carolyn Gauthier

Diane Geddes

Sue and William Johnson

Dianne Fisher Kilcherman

Kathy Kircher

Marcie and Ed Klove

Walt Kroupa

Sharon and Mark Lanier

Judith and James Lewandowski

Misaeng and Zach Liggett

Nell Lockhart

Deborah Magennis

Doris Masserang

Debbie and Dave McKeon

Nancy Muhlig

Cindy Price

Mary Anne Rivers

Margaret and Ted Schroeder

Karen Shaw

Jill and Bob Spencer

Lisa and Dave Warren

Jane Weis

Marjorie Wright