Wisconsin Creative Summit | December 2019

 Registration is closed for this event
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, League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Wisconsin Counties Association, Kohler Foundation, 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.

Who should participate?  Arts sector practitioners and leaders, economic and downtown development professionals, tourism and promotion leaders, elected officials - really, everyone who cares about their community’s and Wisconsin’s future should attend!   

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 public art ssues 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. And, make some art at the beginning, middle, or end of the gathering, with Summit artist-in-residence Gabrielle Javier-Cerulli.

10 am                                Welcome and introductions (small group exercise)

11 am                                Presentation #1:  public art as community investment
-Alexa Naudzuinas, Associate Planner, City of Oshkosh
-Stephanie Samarippa, Outreach Director, Department of Neighborhood Services, City of Milwaukee
-Kathleen Beck, Chair, Public Art Initiative of Egg Harbor

12 noon                            Networking lunch
Enjoy informal conversation with old and new friends, or, join a resource table to talk to expert advisors and learn about specific issues.  Table facilitators and topics include:
-Carol Wetuski, Community Development Specialist, USDA Rural Development - Wisconsin - rural development through community engagement
-Stacey Williams-Ng, Director, Wallpapers City - "
Artist Selection: Best practices for artist calls, jurying and invitationals in public art"
-More topics and advisors to be announced!

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

1 pm                                             Presentation #2: public art as civic engagement
-Kim Brooks, Board member, Downtown Marinette Action Group
-Emida Roller, Director, Dane Arts Mural Arts
-Rose Spieler-Sandberg, community volunteer and artist, Ashland
2  pm                     Discussion tables #1

2:45 pm                            Presentation #3:  public art as creative placemaking and placekeeping

-Jay Salinas, Wormfarm Institute, Reedsburg
-Joann Mundth Douglas, Reedsburg ArtsLink

3:30 pm                           Break

3:45 pm                            Discussion tables #2

4:30 pm                            Report out and wrap up discussion

5 pm                                  Adjourn  

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 generous support.  And to the Stevens Point Convention and Visitors Bureau for providing gifts from Point Brewery!


  • Artist - Victor Yepez, Minneapolis, MN:  Challenge and Azabache, Stevens Point Sculpture Park

  • Artist - Adam Meurer, Mequon, WI: “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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