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Acre of Art


Sculpture Valley launches Appleton’s first outdoor public sculpture exhibition “A community without art is invisible to the world.” Alex Schultz found himself returning to this quote so often that it became the tag line for his arts advocacy organization, Sculpture Valley. The Appleton-based nonprofit is working to establish the Fox Valley as a nationally recognized READ MORE

Fox Cities Bucket List


37 quintessential experiences – in no particular order – every Fox Cities resident and visitor must have before their time here is up   Whether you were born and raised in the Fox Cities or are a recent transplant, there are certain things everyone who calls the 920 home must do before they leave. You READ MORE

Moment in Time


Three exhibits pay tribute to significant anniversaries.   The Road Less Traveled The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017 with a yearlong exploration of art environments titled “The Road Less Traveled.” This series features 16 different exhibitions highlighting the works of 19 art-environment builders. It also incorporates writing and READ MORE

Invented in the 920: Patent Edition


The Fox Cities have a long history of innovation. From medical advancements to manhole covers, here are a few groundbreaking inventions from locals who made the bold move to patent their big ideas. Telephone Technology In 1884, Neenah resident Charles W. Howard, the grandfather of Hollywood legend Howard Hawks, patented a telephone call annunciator — READ MORE

Feeling the Love


Muralist Irineo Medina brings a little love to Wisconsin Avenue Photography by Dave Compton Wolff “It was right after the weekend that the police shooting happened in Dallas and there were five deaths in one weekend. I was sitting at my desk thinking, ‘What do we need right now?’ The different skin colors reflect that READ MORE

Take Me to the River


The Fox River’s influence on the historic Eagle Mill at Grand Kakalin in Kaukauna is undeniable. Nearly 150 years ago, its very walls were constructed using the limestone rubble produced when early settlers blasted the riverbed to open it for navigation. “This building was literally built from the river,” says developer Randy Stadtmueller, president of READ MORE

Handcrafted Community

Photos by Graham Washatka of Graham Images,

Placemaking initiatives take off in the Fox Cities Cities across the country are feeling a sense of urgency when it comes to creating a sense of place, and the Fox Cities are no exception. From enhancing cultural programs to beautifying public spaces, urban developers often refer to this intentional curation of a community as placemaking READ MORE

The Great Outdoors

A rendering of the Interactive Children's Learning Garden.

Outside spaces bring the arts to life, naturally Nature inspires, invigorates and cultivates creativity. It is a fitting backdrop for concerts, performances and interactive education. Two local organizations are giving their outdoor spaces some serious upgrades in an effort to create artful experiences for Northeast Wisconsin residents of all ages. Interactive Childrenʼs Learning Garden This READ MORE

Rocks, Roots and Revenue

Frances Anne Hopkins’ “Going Up the Rapids” painting depicts what it may have been like for early settlers to have to portage around the rapids of the Fox River.

We are all enchanted by Wisconsin’s natural beauty and excited by its abundance of recreational opportunities. Whether enjoying the view of a sparkling blue lake, cascading waterfall or rocky bluff, did you ever stop to think about why that feature is there? Why is the bluff in one place and not in another, or why READ MORE