Past, Present and Future
Check out where Art Rapids has been, what we are up to now, and our vision for the future.
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. This occurred over the past 9 years in Veteran’s Memorial Park.
In 2017 and 2018, it became Experience Art Rapids, a 14-day community wide juried art exhibit located in 35 business venues featuring 125 artists. We honored 10 artists with a total of $7000 in cash prize awards.
Since that time, the organization has expanded to include other outreach programs:
Scholarships for graduating Elk Rapids seniors pursuing higher education in the arts
Scholarships for middle school and high school undergraduates for advanced arts instruction
Grants to teachers, schools, area residents and groups for arts-related projects and activities
Community arts events
Art classes for children and adults
Gifts of art and concerts to the community
The "Walk of Art" outdoor sculpture exhibit
Walk of Art Docent Program
Walk of Art - Stewards of the Park Committee