Giving Care

Our expressions of care take many forms. To show you care or to participate in an act of care for others, explore these online resources.

Mary Nohl and Tokens Kit

JMKAC supports local schools

To support local educators during this uncertain school year, JMKAC's education team is creating four curricular units for elementary schools in the Sheboygan Area School District. The units include virtual resources such as video tours of exhibitions in English and Spanish, workshop tutorial videos, and printable handouts. Additionally, local educators can request a supply kit (like the one above) for each of their students to complete the projects. The first kit, connecting artist Mary Nohl with the exhibition Tokens of Appreciation, received an overwhelming response. By mid October, the education team had delivered nearly 2,000 kits to 107 classrooms. The next kit will focus on artists Albert Zahn, Levi Fisher Ames, Dr. Charles Smith, and the exhibitions Good Road to Follow and Between You and Me.

Ways to Care

We invite you to join JMKAC in acts of care for artists and others who face economic challenges brought on by COVID-19.  

The pandemic has impacted many segments of our community. Within the arts sector, concerts were cancelled, galleries closed, theaters went dark, and art fairs were cancelled–all critical sources of income for artists. In addition, individuals, families, and businesses in our community continue to struggle with the economic repercussions of shutdowns and other actions taken in the wake of the viral spread.

If you are able, please consider supporting these businesses, organizations, and relief efforts.

Shop on Amazon and support the Arts Center

When shopping on Amazon this season, consider making the Arts Center your AmazonSmile charity.  Simply select the John Michael Kohler Arts Center on the AmazonSmile page, and then start shopping.  It's a win-win way to contribute.

Making Spirits Bright

Evergreen Park, Sheboygan

Through December 31 (closed December 24)

See this sparkling show and lend a hand to your community.  Enjoy the dancing lights synced to holiday music, and bring along some nonperishable food items to stock the Sheboygan County Food Bank's shelves. The organizers want to collect 150,000 pounds of food, all of which will serve our neighbors in need. Sheboygan, we can do this!

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Start your holiday shopping at JMKAC SHOP through January 17, 2021

NOW–January 17, 2021

Are there kids on your holiday shopping list? If so, SHOP is your place. We've got booksinteresting toys, arts supplies, and more for the younger set. Take a virtual tour, then call us at 920-694-4700 to order and to arrange for curbside pickup. Remember that members get a 10% discount at SHOP and ARTspace.


One & Only

Through January 17, 2021

Support artists—and local businesses—this holiday season by selecting holiday gifts made by established and emerging Wisconsin artists. Browse and buy at JMKAC SHOPARTspace at the Shops at WoodlakeNestRelish, Honey and AceParker John's, and Paradigm. Remember that members get a 10% discount at SHOP and ARTspace.



Sheboygan County Food Bank

Sheboygan County Food Bank distributes food to food pantries and other partner agencies in the county.


Local Restaurants

Area restaurants are open after the economic challenges of the COVID-19 shutdown. Support local eateries and enjoy a taste of Sheboygan!


GoFundMe Campaign supporting the work of artist Dr. Charles Smith

Sculptures from Dr. Charles Smith’s art environment are now on view at the Arts Center. Commenting on his environment, The African-American Heritage Museum and Black Veterans’ Archive, Smith said “[It] is a hospital for our current condition—a new and necessary way to look at art that can help us make the choices and changes we so desperately need.” Support Dr. Smith’s ongoing work through this campaign.

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Arts Wisconsin Action Center

Information and resources for the creative sector and those wishing to keep the arts and creativity growing in Wisconsin.

Other Opportunities To Demonstrate Care

Artist Relief
Resources, information, and tips to help artists during the COVID-19 outbreak.

AGMA Relief Fund 
The American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund provides financial assistance to members in need.

The Blues Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund
This fund provides immediate resources to full-time professional North American blues musicians whose revenue streams have been diminished by the coronavirus pandemic.

Chicago Theatre Workers Relief Fund 
This League of Chicago Theatres fund assists theatre workers who have lost work as a result of COVID-19.

Disabled Creatives and Activists Relief Fund 
An emergency relief fund for disabled creatives and activists.

The Soze Artist + Activist Relief Fund
Supports artists and activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19.

Arts for Illinois Relief Fund 
Donations support Illinois’ creative community.