Maxine DeBruyn has been a leader for Arts Advocacy in the Holland and Zeeland Community for most of her adult life. Maxine is the founder of the Dance Department at Hope College and holds several positions in dance education associations, most notably as President of the National Dance Education Organization, national chair of Little Footsteps To Go for the National Dance Association, and as the IS representative for Dance and the Child International (daCi). In 2004 she received the Life Time Achievement Award in Dance Education for the Michigan Dance Council.
Not only was Maxine a founding member of the Holland Area Arts Council at its inception in 1997, but she has served on the Arts Council Board of Directors for the last 6 years - offering guidance, continuity and innovative thinking.
As Maxine retires from the Arts Council Board, we have endowed a scholarship in her name in gratitude for her service to the Arts Community. Each year we will award a scholarship to a high school student who has shown a desire and affinity for the arts.