Past, Present and Future

Check out where Art Rapids has been, what we are up to now, and our vision for the future.

 
 
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Past

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.


Present

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


Future

  • Walk of Art Docent Program

  • Walk of Art - Stewards of the Park Committee

 


Art Rapids! Board

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