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Hearthstone Historic House Museum Receives 2020 Museum Exhibit Award

Appleton’s Hearthstone Historic House Museum is the recipient of the 2020 Museum Exhibit Award from the Wisconsin Historical Society for its exhibit “Kitty’s Wedding: You’re Invited – The 130th Anniversary of Kitty Rogers’ Wedding.” The annual Museum Exhibit Award is given to only two organizations per year.  “Each year, the Wisconsin Historical Society’s governing Board READ MORE

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum Welcomes New Director

Posted on Sep. 21, 2020 by Alisa Lewis

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass Executive Director Jan Smith retired at the end of summer after a nearly 25 year career, at which time Amy Moorefield was welcomed as the museum’s new leader.  When Smith started, the Neenah museum featured a variety of art mediums, but she says the shift to a glass-only focus in 2011 READ MORE

Art that Unites

Downtown Appleton’s latest crop of public art by artist Irineo Medina emphasizes diversity and inclusion. Medina says he wants to use his heart for racial advocacy to uplift marginalized groups.  In June, Medina completed a new mural on South Appleton Street that depicts two outstretched hands reaching toward a glowing sun. The hands are filled READ MORE

Fox Cities Museum Coalition Announces Phased Reopening Plans

Museums in the Fox Cities are working together to develop their phased reopening strategies in line with guidance from state and local health officials.  This multi-disciplinary group of museums includes the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass, the Building for Kids Children’s Museum, the History Museum at the Castle, Hearthstone Historic House Museum, the Paper Discovery Center READ MORE

People, Places & Things Photo Contest FAQ

Every year, we receive questions regarding our annual People, Places & Things Photo Contest. We put together this FAQ to hopefully help answer these questions.  Check out the official rules here! Q. Contest rules state that photos must be taken within Northeast Wisconsin. What constitutes “Northeast Wisconsin?” A. For purposes of this contest, we define READ MORE

FUL Fest Virtual Festival

Milwaukee-based nonprofit Future Urban Leaders (FUL) is engaging their own community while tapping into Northeast Wisconsin connections with the debut of FUL Fest, a virtual fundraiser on Thursday, May 21 from 5 to 10 p.m. Presented by The Boldt Company, ‘FUL Fest’ is a free, benefit concert and dinner event created to support underserved Milwaukee READ MORE

Studio Talk with Cristian Andersson

The practices of local artists have been undoubtedly impacted by COVID-19. In this video, Appleton visual artist Cristian Andersson discusses his most recent series that he has been working on the past month while social distancing. Andersson, who was one of FCM’s 2019 Artists to Watch, also gives some insight on how the public health READ MORE

Little Free Library Safety During COVID-19

Libraries throughout the Fox Cities are temporarily closing their doors to patrons in an attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Many offer ebook and audiobook rentals digitally, but for those who desire the feel of a tangible book in their hands, this is a problematic situation. More readers are turning to Little READ MORE

Virtual Art Opportunities

Posted on Apr. 3, 2020 by Alisa Lewis

Museums, galleries and venues may be closed, but you can still get your daily dose of art through virtual museum tours, live stream events and art tutorials. Many establishments want to bring their exhibits or art to you right at home! Commission an art piece, virtually travel through exhibits and engage in many programs offered READ MORE