Current Location:
Shelf H9 (CS1) -> Box 274
Location Notes:
IDC; Compressed Shelving Unit 1; Section H; Shelf H9; Box 274

The Phone Call

Rick Schaafsma
Gift of Rick Schaafsma
Mixed Media
Artworks - Height: 6.5 in Width: 6.25 in Depth: 2.5 in
Miniature toy figures and dice surround a gold cellphone. Batman stands over it with two other figures standing on the keypad.
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.