Stories of Wisconsin’s Creative Economy- Southeast

Jake’s Café, Sheboygansheboygan

A highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary community of creative thinkers that enjoy working together to solve business problems in unique ways, on a 20,000 square foot creative campus comprised of four beautiful landmark buildings in downtown Sheboygan.  Businesses involved include architects, audio production companies, graphic design firms, and film production companies.   Click here for more information.

„ Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend

The new museum is the first step in Wewest bendst Bend’s plan to revamp the riverfront, a process that’s already in the works, and revitalize the downtown area. MOWA is creating a cooperative campus that connects the museum to the nearby shops and restaurants on Main Street and the riverfront, which she envisions becoming something like what San Antonio boasts in terms of culture, beauty and development. The city has already invested more than $800,000 to build a pedestrian bridge across the river to link the cultural side with the commercial side, and other old bridges could be reconstructed, as well.  ‘MOWA may well be the economic engine that provides a spark for downtown commerce this year,’ says T.J. Justice, the West Bend director of development.  ‘Its impressive presence is now a cornerstone of the city’s downtown infrastructure.’ ~ Milwaukee Magazine, 4-3-13.  Click here for more information.

Downtown Racine


  • „  Arts and cultural destinations for residents and cultural tourists„
  • Racine Art Museum celebrated 10 years as a centerpiece of downtown Racine in 2013
  • „ Downtown Racine is the only city in the country that has sponsored a public art project for more than 10 consecutive years.
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Milwaukee Art Museummilwaukee

Milwaukee’s symbol of the city and the largest art museum in the state of Wisconsin, with almost 400,000 visitors each year and a stellar art education program serving over 50,000 Milwaukee-area youth each year through programs, tours, and internships.

“Man does not live by bread alone, and nothing could be more true when it comes to the arts. Great societies have always been defined by the high quality of their arts. Our ability to attract visitors and jobs to our state depends on our ability to differentiate ourselves in Wisconsin by high quality arts and cultural offerings.”~ Stephen H. Marcus, President, The Marcus Corporation, Milwaukee

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Parkside School of the Arts Courtyard Project and Fundraiser


Mayor Tom Barrett and organizers

After forming for the 2013-2014 academic year, Milwaukee Parkside School of the Arts held a fundraiser to raise money to turn their courtyard into an environmental learning center. During the unveiling of the plans, almost $2000 was raised.  Mayor Barrett spoke at the event, praising the collaborative efforts of the school and signing the importance of the arts.  One parent offered his construction company’s help in making the double doors needed for a wet lab.