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



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