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Theater games offer art, but more

Posted on Aug 13, 2018, by

By Kathy Fehl of  Wega Arts The workshop “Jump Up & Shout,” scheduled for Aug. 13-18, will include theater games, skit development and creating a new song. There will be a live performance on Aug. 18  at 2 p.m., at Wautopia!, part of Waupaca Arts on the Square. The project will also include making a […]

History Museum working at “Bridging the GAP”

Posted on Aug 7, 2018, by

By Dustin J. Mack Chief Curator, History Museum at the Castle The History Museum at the Castle has designed a three-month exhibit to explore growing divisions in our society and we’ve called it, Bridging the GAP Years, 1969-2019. Over the past 50 years, political polarization, wealth inequality and feelings of social isolation have increased while […]

Mile of Music has room for learning

Posted on Aug 1, 2018, by

In the midst of the Mile of Music you will find at least several blocks of learning. A $7,500 grant from the Bright Idea Fund within the Community Foundation will support more than 60 free, interactive music education activities during the music festival in downtown Appleton Aug. 2-5. This is the sixth Mile and sixth […]

Volunteering with a twist

Posted on Jul 9, 2018, by

Volunteer Fox Cities has combined volunteering and mystery into one large mobile movement and they call it the Give Back Bus. The Give Back Bus is a fun, new program created by Volunteer Fox Cities that has generated lots of excitement in the community. The bus puts a spin on traditional volunteering by adding the […]

Fourth Beer, Brats and Beethoven on tap July 14

Posted on Jul 5, 2018, by

By Linda Drezdzon, Development Director at Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra Music is for everyone! That’s the mission behind Brats, Beer and Beethoven, a free, family-friendly concert event on Saturday, July 14. Join the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers for this fourth annual evening of music and fireworks at the Neuroscience Group […]

STAR Program to focus on opportunity

By Greg Lemke-Rochon, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley Being “worst in the nation” isn’t something we are used to in the state of Wisconsin. But, according to the esteemed Annie E. Casey Foundation, Wisconsin’s African-American children score at the very bottom of their Race for Results index, a composite of 12 […]

Mental health program focuses on birth to 5

Posted on Jun 11, 2018, by

Children not yet old enough even to go to school will be the beneficiaries of Catalpa Health’s latest mental health counseling program, supported by a $40,000 grant from the Community Foundation’s Bright Idea Fund. Six nonprofits received funding totaling $179,600 for  projects meant to protect children, foster volunteerism and improve our  quality of life. The […]

Creative Kids Returns to Downtown Appleton

Posted on Jun 6, 2018, by

By Brian Leone Tracy Resource Development Director, Appleton Downtown, Inc The fun and educational children’s program Creative Kids is returning to downtown Appleton this summer for its second installment. Creative Kids was created by Creative Downtown Appleton in partnership with The Building for Kids and is tied to the popular interactive art walk, Art on […]