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Monthly Archives

January 2014

Glass artist more than half fulfilled

Posted on Jan 31, 2014, by

Look at the paperweight-shaped glass buttons that Portland, Ore., artist Greg Hanson creates and it’s not hard to trace his inspiration. The Appleton native was highly influenced by the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah. “The people of the Fox Valley don’t know what a gem they have,” Hanson said. He was in town for […]

Arts groups work together to do more for kids

Posted on Jan 24, 2014, by

We used to use the scientific term “catalyst” to describe our grants made from discretionary funds. In chemistry, a catalyst is a substance added to create a reaction between other materials. Catalyst grants have been replaced by new goals in a program I would compare to a concept borrowed from biology — symbiotic relationships. That’s […]

Inside perspective from the new kid in the cube

Posted on Jan 16, 2014, by

It wasn’t too long ago that my perspective of the Community Foundation reflected the general public’s.  What I knew about the Community Foundation was it was a very well respected place.  I knew the staff worked with some wealthy individuals and companies, and they had a robust grant-making program.  Three months in, I can say […]

Warming up inside

Posted on Jan 7, 2014, by

While we’re all coping with the frigid cold, I thought I’d share a few stories about caring people in our community that will warm your heart. Music to their ears Twice late last year, groups of local musicians took it upon themselves to organize fundraising concerts to help where they knew help was needed.  One […]