Stories of Wisconsin’s Creative Economy – West Central

Wormfarm Institute, Reedsburg

Innovative working farm and community arts center in rural Wisconsin.     Creators and collaborators with local Chamber of Commerce and tourism sector of Fermentation Fest, an annual cultural tourism initiative bringing over 5,000 people to Sauk County each October.  Nationally recognized with investment from major national private foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts.

reedsburg“To thrive, rural America will need infusions of new people, new ideas, and new sources of vibrancy.  The Wormfarm Institute is an asset for Reedsburg that delivers on all three of these needs. With the collaboration among Wormfarm, Sauk County and The Reedsburg Chamber on the Fermentation Fest, we can create a model to jump start our economy that is grounded in who we are.”  ~ Reedsburg Mayor Dave Estes„

Public arts development for community vitality, Baraboo

  • The Smithsonian Magazine named Baraboo #4 on the list of 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013. 
  • Circus World houses the world’s largest collection of antique circus wagons, and provides $3.2 million in economic impact to the area from visitors to the museum, with over 71,000 visitors in 2012.
  • The Al Ringling Theatre has been an ornate fixture in downtown Baraboo for over 80 years, as an economic driver and community gathering place.baraboo

“We’re celebrating our local culture and history.  I think public art reflects the soul of a community.”  ~ Baraboo Mayor Mike Palm„