JMKAC Cancels Programs and Events Through July 19


May 13, 2020

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wis., has made the difficult decision to cancel all public programs and events through July 19. This includes the Midsummer Festival of the Arts and the first half of the Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series.

“Protecting the health and safety of our community and visitors through the ongoing public health crisis remains our highest priority,” said Sam Gappmayer, JMKAC director.

The Arts Center will follow the direction of public health officials regarding reopening its doors and resuming programs and events. A decision regarding proceeding with the second half of the summer concert series and other programs will be made in early June.

“Although we cannot enjoy music and dance together on the Sheboygan City Green or browse the booths at Midsummer Festival of the Arts, we are exploring ways to share the work of those talented musicians and visual artists online,” Gappmayer added.

In the meantime, the Arts Center welcomes online visitors to engage with the arts from home via its website. New content at explores ways artists and arts institutions care for and support their communities. The site offers live and interactive opportunities including exhibition videos, art-making projects, performances, conversations with curators and artists, materials to help with at-home schooling, and more.

The Arts Center’s exhibition, performance, and public programming calendars continue to be evaluated. Preparations are being made to safely reopen and reinstate public activities. When more details are known, an announcement will be made.

“As we face these challenging times together, we are continually inspired by the collaborative and creative spirit of our members, the artists we work with, and the broader community. We are grateful for your expressions of support and look forward to welcoming you back to the Arts Center,” concluded Gappmayer.

JMKAC Director Sam Gappmayer’s announcement

About the John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Founded in 1967, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) is dedicated to generating creative exchanges between an international community of artists and a diverse public. Central to its mission is promoting understanding and appreciation of the work of self-taught and contemporary artists through original exhibitions, commissioned works of art, performing arts, community arts initiatives, and publications.

The Arts Center’s collection focuses primarily on works by artist-environment builders, self-taught and folk artists, and works created in the Arts/Industry residency program. JMKAC is the world’s leading center for research and presentation of artist-built environments. Beginning in 2020, its collection of 25,000 individual works of art by more than 30 art-environment builders can be viewed year round at the Art Center’s new satellite campus, the Art Preserve.

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is supported by corporate and foundation donors, government grants, and its many members. The Arts Center is not an entity of Kohler Co. or its subsidiaries.

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is located at 608 New York Avenue, Sheboygan, WI. The Art Preserve is located at 3636 Lower Falls Road, Sheboygan. Admission to both is free. For information, call 920-458-6144, or visit, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.