Vanessa Andrew, illustrated narrative of the exhibition series On Being Here (and There).


In these anxious times—times of physical distancing and social isolation—our focus at the Arts Center shifts to themes of caring and connection.
How do arts organizations and artists care for their communities? How do they help us form healthy, vibrant societies? Can arts organizations be agents of care during challenging times?

On Being Here (and There) explores these questions. In the exhibitions and related programs, you will find an array of experiences that bring people together (virtually, for now), inspire personal expression and learning, and offer ways of caring for our communities at large.

The entire JMKAC staff looks forward to welcoming you back to the Arts Center for on-site activities when we can safely open our doors again.
In the meantime, visit HERE pages for exhibition and artist-studio tours, art-making projects, performances, on-line events, and other #JMKACcares programming. THERE pages connect you with care-related activities and projects generated outside the Arts Center.

Be Here at JMKAC

“Here” took on new meaning when the Arts Center closed its doors under Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order. The building has long served as a gathering place, a site for both self-exploration and community connection. These web pages manifest JMKAC in a virtual environment, offering programs, projects, and events transformed by current circumstances.

“Here” addresses ways arts organizations can be agents of care during challenging times. Themes of care, connectivity, and relationship building are at the core of the programming and projects presented. Through gallery-tour videos, hands-on projects, online events, and much more, we are finding ways of “Being Here” for each other. The content is divided into four ways of engaging: Explore, Connect, Watch, and Create. Look for and share experiences on social media tagged #JMKACcares.


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Be There in the Community

"There" moves beyond Arts Center programs, connecting you with people and organizations in the broader community—with their ideas, practices, and projects that revolve around the care the world needs now. The content is divided into three categories: Inspiring Care, Giving Care, and Taking Care.

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