Hi there. We are so happy that you are curious about Art Rapids. Our mission is to enhance and promote the arts and arts education in the Elk Rapids area.
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 which occurred for many years in Veteran’s Memorial Park.
In 2017 and 2018, it became Experience Art Rapids, a 14-day community wide juried art exhibit located throughout Elk Rapids in 35 business venues featuring 125 artists from near and far. We honored 10 artists with a total of $7000 in cash prize awards.
Currently, we organize artful community Experiences such as free concerts in the Walk of Art Sculpture Park each July, film festivals, summer art camps for kids, art exhibitions and so much more.
Art Rapids fulfills its mission thru the following outreach programs:
Scholarships for graduating Elk Rapids students 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 and partnerships
Art camps and classes for children and adults
Gifts of art and concerts to the community
The "Walk of Art" outdoor sculpture exhibit
There are many ways to become involved with our organization.
Please visit our Contribute section to donate or contact us about volunteer opportunities.
Thank you for your interest in Art Rapids.
THE ART RAPIDS BOARD
Standing: Barb Mullaly, Terri Armstrong, Diana Cooper, Lynn Streit, Nancy McRay, Michelle Chaisson, Sue Schumaker, Karen Morris, Babs Young
Front: Becky Lancaster, Kim Bazemore
Becky Lancaster, President
Lynn Streit, Vice President
Barb Mullaly, Secretary
Terri Armstrong, Treasurer
Nancy McRay, Education / Community Scholarships
Louise Pond, Artist Liason / Communication
Babs Young, Social Media / Photography
Karen Morris, Fund Development
Diana Cooper, Data Collection / Donor Communications
Michelle Chaisson, Web Manager
Kim Bazemore, Walk of Art Coordinator
Sue Schumacher, Concert in the Park
WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT AND LOOK FORWARD TO FACILITATING AND ENCOURAGING THE ARTS IN ELK RAPIDS.