Developing a New Tradition
The University of Wisconsin Continuing Studies department held the last School Of The Arts in the summer of 2015, ending a 50 year tradition. SOA inspired many local artists, projects, and organizations, including the formation of a Rhinelander gallery and community art center ArtStart.
ArtStart is a group of volunteers—business people, artists, art lovers, educators, and other community-minded citizens—who have transformed the historic Federal Building in downtown Rhinelander into a destination arts and cultural center. ArtStart’s mission is to inspire, challenge and educate through cultural events and highly-distinctive, curated visual art exhibitions with the purpose of strengthening and sustaining the community.
With the support of the Robert E. Gard Foundation and The University of Wisconsin Continuing Studies Department, ArtStart will be hosting art education retreats in the spirit of School of the Arts in the summer of 2017 and fall of 2018.
ArtStart is current looking for writers and artists to submit proposals for workshops and classes.