2021 Newsmaker: Cynthia Hagedorn


Cynthia Hagedorn


The Property

The Property is a haven for community outreach, generosity and activism. 

Located in Lowell, The Property is the home of Cynthia Hagedorn, an artist, creative and producer, and she has designed it to welcome community leaders and people from all walks of life to work on different projects and host events that benefit people and organizations in the region.

She began hosting brunch and dinner parties at her art studio on The Property last year. The proceeds from the parties went toward members of the Care on Canvas program, which is a partnership between Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and Make-A-Wish Foundation where Hagedorn paints with kids who are battling illnesses such as cancer.

The brunch and dinner meals include appetizers, main dish, side dish and desserts. During the parties, individuals create artwork based on one of at least 20 different themes, including Monet, Klimt, van Gogh, Kandinsky, Cassatt, Mondrian, Pollack and Hokusai.

In addition to the Care on Canvas program, Hagedorn started Lawn pARTies and Leadership on Canvas programs.

Hagedorn started hosting Lawn pARTies toward the beginning of the pandemic. The Lawn pARTies are artist-themed parties, such as birthdays and bridal showers, hosted at The Property. Guests had the opportunity to choose from more than 40 themes. For example, a Monet theme featured French-style table settings for plates, cutlery, water and wine goblets, and linens.

The Leadership on Canvas program is about West Michigan leaders coming to The Property to paint with Hagedorn. Some of the participants have included Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Spectrum Health President and CEO Tina Freese Decker and Mary Free Bed CEO Kent Riddle.

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