By Megan Larsen, UW-Stevens Point arts management senior and Arts Wisconsin intern
The Cambridge Arts Council in Dane County aims to “to enrich the quality of life and contribute to the economic and cultural development of Cambridge and surrounding towns.” For Cambridge Arts Council President Laurie Struss, this mission boils down to remaining community-centric.
“To state it simply, Cambridge Arts Council fosters community,” Laurie said. “I see it in the crowd during summer concerts, and I see it in the faces of girlfriends laughing during their
Wine and Art night,” she added. “I see it during our meetings with community organizations when working together towards a common goal such as our upcoming collaborative publication with the Cambridge Historic School Foundation titledWritten Right Here.” (To learn more about Written Right Here, a publication that will honor fallen soldiers from the Cambridge area, contact Cambridge Arts Council at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Laurie suggests that the Arts Council is working to implement the wide range of arts programming suggestions from community members with the council’s current funding and volunteer power. She says organizations like the Arts Council walk a fine line of continuing to provide high quality creative programming while adapting to a decline in available resources.
All involved agreed that challenges presents opportunity for community members to step up and make a difference. “I believe it is the responsibility of each of us to take the place we happen to live and make it the place we want to live.”
Laurie believes that the Cambridge Arts Council already does this by uniting artists, writers, musicians, educators and art enthusiasts to provide support and a sense of community for local artists. Throughout the year, Cambridge Arts Council hosts artisan workshops, concerts in the park, a reader’s theatre, pop-up galleries, seasonal festivals and more to further contribute to the creative community feel.
Summer events hosted by the council are abundant. “Our summer schedule kicks off Saturday, June 6th with Elements of Art, Fine Arts Festival, and will feature juried fine artists in a variety of mediums including pottery, glass, wood, fiber arts, painting, photography and jewelry,” Laurie said. Live music and food concessions will also be a highlight of the festival, hosted along Koshkonong Creek in Cambridge’s scenic Westside Park.
In addition to Elements of Art, the Cambridge Arts Council offers a Free Summer Concert Series starting Friday, June 19th, and the Earth, Wood, and Fire Fall Artist Tour October 24-25.
To learn more about Cambridge Arts Council or for a complete list of events, visit cambridgewiarts.org or like them on Facebook.com/CambridgeArts.