Community On Canvas

Community on Canvas
The embodiment of creativity for a cause, Community on Canvas pairs community leaders with local artists to create unique paintings which CAN be auctioned off at a benefit event held at a hosting venue.  This one-of-a-kind event affords unique opportunities for local leaders to nurture their creativity, foster relationships with local artists and community members and support organizations and causes close to their hearts and vital to the community.

We are producing private events surrounding ArtPrize: Leadership on Canvas

2016 marks the third iteration of this innovative enterprise exploring the relationship between leadership and the arts. Leaders from Grand Rapids have been specifically selected for their involvement in the development of events, programming and experiences that make Grand Rapids a great place to live and work. Each year, each leader collaborates side-by-side with me to create an original, abstract masterpiece to show in exhibition during ArtPrize
+ Previous Teams NOMINATE the future teams to paint..
Leadership on Canvas Artist-Leader Team — 2016
Rosalynn Bliss, Mayor of the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan
Joan Budden, President/CEO, Priority Health
Sam Cummings, Principal, CWD Real Estate
Betsy DeVos, Community Development, Philanthropist
Eric Englebarts, Executive Director, State Games of Michigan
Dana Friis-Hansen, CEO, Grand Rapids Art Museum
Jorge Gonzalez, ED, W.MI Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Joe Jones, President, Urban League
Birgit Klohs, President/CEO, The Right Place
Victoria Upton, Publisher, Women’s Lifestyle Magazine
Kate Wolters, Philanthropist
The Artist-Leaders who nominated …
Leadership on Canvas Artist-Leader Team — 2015
eMily Alemán-McAlpine, Senior Community Liaison, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Rick Baker, President/ CEO, GR Area Chamber of Commerce
Steve Heacock, Senior VP of Public Affairs, Spectrum Health
Elissa Sangalli Hillary, Executive Director, Local First
Cle Jackson, President, Greater Grand Rapids NAACP
Kristopher Larson, President/CEO, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.
Teresa Lynn Weatherall Neal, Superintendent, GR Public Schools
Jennifer Pascua, Co-Host of News 5pm & Reporter, WZZM 13
David M. Rahinsky, Police Chief, City of Grand Rapids
Darel Ross, Co Executive Director, LINC
Meg Miller Willit, Community Volunteer
Inaugural Leadership on Canvas Artist-Leader Team — 2014
Bob Dean, Executive Director, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
Mayor George K. Heartwell, Mayor of the City of Grand Rapids
Shelley Irwin, Host/Producer WGVU Radio and TV
Joanne Roehm, Festival Director, LaughFest
Rachael Ruiz, WoodTV, EightWest
Douglas G Small, President and CEO, Experience Grand Rapids
Diana Sieger, President, Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Audrey Sundstrom, GRandJazzFest, Founder and Chair
Greg Sundstrom, City Manager City of Grand Rapids
Let the adventure begin!