Make Music Wisconsin information meetings, October 26-29, 2019

Saturday, October 26 through Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Meetings will be held in Eagle River, Green Bay, Kenosha, La Crosse, Mineral Point, Sheboygan, Stevens Point, Washburn, and Webster

Free and open to the public | all are invited

Arts Wisconsin is teaming up with Make Music Day, a worldwide celebration of music, to get people, organizations, businesses and communities throughout Wisconsin interested and involved in music and community, and to promote Make Music Day in Wisconsin as an annual event.   

Aaron Friedman, Director of Make Music Day, based in NYC, will be traveling around Wisconsin October 26-30, 2019, to promote Wisconsin’s participation statewide in Make Music Day. The next Make Music Day will happen worldwide on Sunday, June 21, 2020.  

Everyone interested in learning more about and participating in Make Music Wisconsin is invited to a community meeting with Aaron Friedman of Make Music Day and Anne Katz of Arts Wisconsin happening across Wisconsin Saturday, October 26 through Tuesday, October 29.  The schedule of meetings is below. All are free and open to the public. 

Make Music Day began in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique, and has spread to over 1,000 cities across 120 countries. Completely different from a typical musical festival, Make Music Day concerts are performed by anyone who wants to take part and enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend. From classical to folk, hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock, live music of all kinds resounds on streets, sidewalks, porches, plazas, parks, gardens, store fronts and other public spaces on the longest day of the year.   Any musician, amateur or professional, young or old, and businesses, buildings, schools, churches and synagogues, and other institutions, can participate.  All performances are free and all are outdoors (weather permitting).

Make Music Day is a great opportunity for amateur musicians to get their own stage, as well as for community building, civic engagement, and creative placemaking around a musical holiday. 

Seven Wisconsin communities (Appleton, Land o’Lakes, Madison, Milwaukee, Platteville, Reedsburg, Rhinelander) are already involved with Make Music Wisconsin, and that number will grow starting in 2020.  All Wisconsin communities are encouraged to participate. 

Meeting schedule (subject to change):

Saturday, October 26

1-2 pm, Stevens Point – IDEA Center, 1039 Ellis Street

5-9 pm, Land o’Lakes – Zombie Pub Crawl

Sunday, October 27

11 am-12 noon, Eagle River – Warehouse Arts Center, 107 South Railroad Street

  • Local hosts: Grow North and Warehouse Arts CenterRefreshments will include complimentary coffee and treats, and, Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and Kahlua (for your coffee) for purchase!

4:30-5:30 pm, Washburn – Washburn Cultural Center, 1 East Bayfield Street

Monday, October 28

10-11 am, Webster – In A New Light Gallery, 7417 N. Bass Lake Road 

3-4 pm, La Crosse – Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King Street

7-8 pm, Mineral Point – Lind Pavilion, Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts, 411 Commerce St.

Tuesday October 29

10-11 am, Kenosha – Kenosha Creative Space, 624 57th Street

3-4 pm, Sheboygan – John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 608 New York Avenue

7-8 pm, Green Bay – Neville Public Museum, 201 Museum Place

Musicians and performers, elected officials, for-profit and non-profit businesses, educators, civic leaders, and the general public are invited to attend the meetings.  The meetings will feature information about the global Make Music Day event and Make Music Wisconsin participation by communities large and small. Refreshments will be provided.  

RSVP to Anne Katz, Arts Wisconsin, at (RSVP is not required to attend, but would be helpful so we know how many people to plan for).   If you aren’t able to attend the meeting but are interested in participating in Make Music Wisconsin, send Anne an email and we’ll put you on the list to receive information.

Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance. More info at   Arts Wisconsin is Wisconsin’s community cultural development organization, the only independent statewide organization providing a leadership forum to advance the local and statewide creative economy, integrate the arts and creativity in education, educate entrepreneurs and activists, and engage policy-makers and the public as a catalyst for dialogue, information, and action. More info at

Contact Anne Katz, Arts Wisconsin, 608 255 8316 | for more information.