Current Location:
Section 38 (VS) -> Top Shelf (VS38)
Location Notes:
IDC; Vertical Storage; Section 38; Top Shelf

Outsider Art ➔ Da Midnight Choir

Rick Schaafsma
Gift of Rick Schaafsma
Acrylic on Board
Artworks - Height: 13.75 in Width: 25.75 in
Note: The shaped of the the board is irregular.
Four people with various patterns on their clothes and hats stand in a line. The third man (from the left) with a mohawk is depicted from the side.
Historical Context:
Rick Schaafsma is a retired police officer who served on the streets of Grand Rapids from the late 60s through the mid-90s. Using the pen name "ARCH" taken from his high-arched basketball shot, Schaafsma draws a range of fanciful figures, including his "CopToons” with the hope that children will look at police officers in a positive light beginning at an early age. “I always looked at it when I was a police officer: I may not be able to change a lot of things I may not be able to do a lot of things but I can chip away at it and make some improvements when I’m on my beat, when I interact with people” In addition to his art, Schaafsma works with Seeds of Promise, a non-profit with a mission to empower people to increase their prosperity through improving the neighborhoods they live in.

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