Connecting Communities

Be part of the art! Connecting Communities projects bring renowned artists to the Arts Center to collaborate with area residents in the creation of new works of art. For additional information about the program or to express interest in becoming an artist-in-residence or a participant, email info@jmkac.org.

We are honored to have these organizations as our Community Partners: The Boys and Girls Club of Sheboygan County, Partners for Community Development, Hmong Mutual Assistance Association, Kohler Area School District, Lakeland University, Lakeshore Technical College, Northern Wisconsin Regional Council of Carpenters Local 731, Runaway and Homeless Youth Services (RAYS) of Lutheran Social Services, Safe Harbor of Sheboygan County, Senior Activity Center of Sheboygan, St. Clement Parish, Sheboygan Area School District, Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce, Sheboygan County Health and Human Services Department, The Salvation Army, and University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan.

Slither into summer with the amazing Serpent of Sheboygan!

Our colorful, super-size serpent was created two years ago as part of a Connecting Communities residency. This year, the tale of the Wolfbat tribe and the Serpent of Sheboygan comes to its conclusion with an exciting processional event to kick off the summer season of free concerts at the Arts Center.

Artist-in-residence Dennis McNett returns to lead mask-making and banner-making workshops in preparation for a community parade of mythic forces from his saga of the Serpent of Sheboygan. Read the full story!

“Suddenly the Serpent of Sheboygan rose up from the lake and swam toward the Wolfbat tribe. It was massive and beautiful!”

Register for FREE workshops >

Become part of the legend with fun, FREE, and family friendly workshops!

Mask Making Workshop
Sunday, June 18, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
FREE, age 8+

Create your tribal mask using papier–mâché and artist Dennis McNett’s screen-printed patterned paper. Choose your favorite deity from McNett’s tale "The Serpent of Sheboygan" and become part of the story. Will you join the Robin tribe, the Turtle tribe, the Wolf tribe, or the Seagull tribe?

Register Here >

Flag/Banner Making Workshop in The ARTery
Monday, June 19, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
FREE, age 8+

Bring forth your elemental spirit and create a banner or flag that declares allegiance to your tribe. Let your imagination be your guide. Choose your favorite deity from McNett’s tale "The Serpent of Sheboygan"  and become part of the story.  Will you join the Robin tribe, the Turtle tribe, the Wolf tribe, or the Seagull tribe?

Register Here >

Flag/Banner Making Workshop at Mead Public Library
Wednesday, June 21, 12:00–5:00 p.m.
FREE, age 8+

Bring forth your elemental spirit and create a banner or flag that declares allegiance to your tribe. Let your imagination be your guide. Choose your favorite deity from McNett’s tale "The Serpent of Sheboygan"  and become part of the story.  Will you join the Robin tribe, the Turtle tribe, the Wolf tribe, or the Seagull tribe?

Register Here >

Celebration of Summer and the Serpent
Thursday, June 22, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Arts Center Festival Green

Join the procession to welcome summer and the return of the Serpent of Sheboygan at the opening concert of the Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series!

Artist Dennis McNett’s tale of the amazing Serpent of Sheboygan and the intrepid Wolfbat tribe comes to an exciting conclusion with a parade of masked characters and banner-waving tribe members.

To join the celebration, please contact cgrabhorn@jmkac.org

About the Art in Public Spaces Program


Connecting Communities Art in Public Spaces program creates collaborative public art that empowers Sheboygan communities. It develops interaction through the creation of art in public spaces to reconnect people with their own creativity, while working together to build a cultural identity that facilitates positive change.

ART IN PUBLIC SPACES

Artist DIANA GABRIEL

FREE Art-Making Workshops
Come be part of this public artwork.

Drawing
Friday, June 23, 5:00–7:00p.m.
Mi Ranchito, 1235 Indiana Ave.


Environmental Collaboration
Saturday, June 24, 2:00–4:00p.m.
The ARTery


Community Drawing Showcase
Saturday, June 24, 1:00–4:00p.m.
The ARTery


Environmental Collaboration
Saturday, July 15, 10:00–4:00p.m.
Community Tent @ Levitt AMP

Environmental Collaboration
Saturday, July 15, 10:00–4:00p.m.
Connecting Communites Tent @ MFA


Open Studio Dates with artist  Diana Gabriel
The ARTery

Tuesday, August, 10:00–5:00p.m.
Wednesday, August 2, 10:00–5:00p.m.
Thursday, August 4, 10:00–5:00p.m.
Friday, August 4, 10:00–5:00p.m.
Saturday, August 5, 10:00–5:00p.m.

ART IN PUBLIC SPACES

Artist MARY ANNE KLUTH

FREE Art-Making Workshops
Come be part of this public artwork.

Landscape Diorama
Sunday, June 11, 2:00-4:00p.m.
The ARTery


Landscape Collage
Saturday, June 17, 2:00-5:00p.m.
Mi Ranchito, 1235 Indiana Ave.


Drawing From Nature
Thursday, June 29, 5:00-9:30p.m.
During the Sheboygan Music Series in The Community Tent

Open Studio Dates with artist  Mary Anne Kluth
The ARTery
Saturday, July 1, 10:00-4:00p.m.
Sunday, July 2, 10:00-4:00p.m.
Wednesday, July 5, 10:00-5:00p.m.
Thursday, July 6, 10:00-5:00p.m.
Friday, July 7, 10:00-5:00p.m.
Saturday, July 8, 10:00-4:00p.m.
Sunday, July 9, 10:00-4:00p.m.

 

Past Connecting Community Projects

Over the years, Connecting Communities collaborations have been wide-ranging in both their nature and their scope. From public sculpture to performance works to a food truck/art car, each project has brought together diverse communities in the creation of new works of art.

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Connecting Communities collaborations are supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bert L. and Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust.