Wisconsin Creative Summit | December 2019

Public Art = Civic Engagement, Creative Placemaking and Placekeeping, and Community Investment Wednesday, December 11, 2019 | 10 am - 5 pm IDEA Center, 1039 Ellis Street, Stevens Point presented by Arts Wisconsin with support from the Wisconsin Arts Board and Herbert H. Kohl Charities

Creativity.  Imagination.  Innovation. Entrepreneurship.  That's what Wisconsin needs, and that's what public art adds to the resilience and revitalization of communities large and small. 
The Wisconsin Creative Summit is all about public art activating and transforming people and communities.

Public art is a resource and an investment in people and communities, and it's blossoming throughout Wisconsin. From Kenosha to Superior, public art is all about resilient, vibrant and welcoming communities, bringing people together, providing awareness of creative sector and resources, enhancing economic and civic entrepreneurship and development. Art in public spaces - from community murals and sculptures to integrated environmental work to memorials - is at the heart of 21st century vitality, energy, and action throughout the state.

The Wisconsin Creative Summit will feature research and data, stories of public art around the state and around the country, and plenty of time for discussion and idea-sharing. The Summit is all about gaining knowledge, making connections, sharing successes and challenges, and leaving inspired for the work ahead.

Who should participate?  Artists and administrators, economic development professionals, tourism and promotion leaders, elected officials - really, everyone who cares about their community’s and Wisconsin’s future should attend to find common ground, learn from each other, make connections, and be inspired by creativity and artistry happening in your community and throughout the state.   

What's it all about?
The Summit is all about gaining knowledge, connecting with new and old friends, sharing your successes and challenges, and becoming inspired for the work ahead.

Featured during the Summit:  research and data, stories of community-based and community-focused public art projects that are changing the narrative about the built environment and quality of life throughout the state and around the country, and plenty of time for discussion and idea-sharing. 

Summit Schedule (subject to change):

9:30 am                            Coffee, conversation, and registration

While you’re checking in, getting your coffee, and saying hello, take a minute to share some thoughts with your colleagues and peers community about issues in your community.  We’ll have big pieces of paper set up and plenty of markers to use, so you can be as creative as possible. And, if you want to talk to others about your issues, add your name and contact info (anonymous comments are ok, too).  We’ll use some of those ideas and issues to mark tables at lunch for people who want to get together to talk more. We'll help the conversation continue after the Summit, too.

10 am                                Welcome and introductions (small group exercise)

11 am                                Presentation #1:  public art as civic engagement

12 noon                            Networking lunch

12:45 pm                          Advocacy update with Anne Katz, Arts Wisconsin \

1 pm                                  Presentation #2: public art as community investment 

1:30 – 2:30 pm                World Café discussion #1 

2:30 pm                            Presentation #3:  public art as creative placemaking and placekeeping    

3:15 pm                             Break

3:30 pm                            World Café discussion #2

4:30 pm                            Report out and wrap up discussion

5 pm                                  Adjourn  

Speakers (so far - watch for more added as we get closer to the date):

  • Emida Roller, Director, Dane Arts Mural Arts
  • Kim Brooks, Board member, Downtown Marinette Action Group
  • Jay Salinas, Wormfarm Institute, Reedsburg
  • Joann Mundth Douglas, Reedsburg ArtsLink
  • Alexa Naudziunas, Associate Planner, City of Oshhosh
  • Rose Spieler-Sandberg, community volunteer and artist, Ashland
  • Stephanie Samarippa, Outreach Director, Department of Neighborhood Services, City of Milwaukee

Your $30 registration fee covers morning coffee, lunch, snacks, and materials.  Contact Arts Wisconsin at 608 255 8316 | info@artswisconsin.org with questions.  See you at the Summit!

Special thanks to:
CREATE Portage County for hosting and to the Wisconsin Arts Board, League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Wisconsin Counties Association, Kohler Foundation, and the Herbert H. Kohl Charities for their generous support.


  • Victor Yepez:  Challenge and Azabache, tevens Point Sculpture Park
  • Adam Meurer, Mequon, “Colored Mast.” Egg Harbor
  • Kenosha mural
  • Marinette Lighthouse Art Project
December 11th, 2019 10:00 AM   through   5:00 PM
1039 Ellis Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
United States
Summit registration fee $ 30.00

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