COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

We have been actively promoting the arts in Grand Rapids for over 30 years and have made it our mission not just to sell art, but to demystify it.

Educating the community is one of our most prominent and important efforts.
We create an approachable environment for people to visit, enjoy, and comfortably learn about art.

Not only have they provided financial support for our visual arts program, but they donated framing for our annual art auction fundraiser for two consecutive years. LaFontsee Galleries is an integral part of the West Michigan art scene, and we are proud to have them as a community partner.
— Marjorie Kuipers, Executive Director, Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities

How we give back

Whether time, money, or resources we contribute in the following ways:

  • Non-profit Organizations receive 50% discounts on gallery rentals for events
  • Excess frame stock donated to the Heartside Art Ministry
  • We hosted the Preserved! show for the Land Conservancy of West Michigan
  • LaFontsee staff have served as local arts and/or humanities board members
  • Artworks auctioned at the Bissell Blocktail fundraiser for the Humane Society of West Michigan

Staff Community Efforts

Our staff engages with the community at large by contributing efforts to:

  • Our Town Players Community Theater of South Haven
  • SHOUT South Haven Theater Series
  • Bach Festival Singers of Kalamazoo
  • Glenn Community Center
  • Glenn Meadow Bed & Breakfast
  • John Ball Zoo
  • Meijer Gardens
  • Blandford Nature Center
  • In the Image
  • UICA
  • CA Frost Environmental Science Academy
  • Pacing local running races
  • Spoke Folks & Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition

HIGHLIGHTED EVENTS OR DONATIONS

 

 

2018, FRAMING FOR THE GRAM's exhibit - Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle

Early in 2018, the GRAM hosted a body of work initiated by artist Alexis Rockman back in 2013. LaFontsee Galleries was one of the lead sponsors for the event where we donated framing for this massive show.

 

 

 

2018 - 30 Year Celebration Fundraiser

For the month of February (to celebrate 30 years!), LaFontsee donated a percentage of all retail art sales to Cooks Arts Center and Artists Creating Together (ACT), two nonprofits that offer art programs to underprivileged children.


Selected charities or non-profit groups we actively support

  • A.C.T. (Artists Creating Together)
  • Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids
  • West Michigan Center for Art and Technology (WMCAT)
  • Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities (Cook Center)
  • Frey Foundation
  • Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM)
  • Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA)
  • YWCA
  • Grand Rapids Foundation
  • Humane Society of Kent County
  • Bissell Blocktail Party
  • Civic Theatre
  • Music to Benefit Music
  • Women’s Resource Center
  • God’s Kitchen
  • Calvin College Prince Conference Center