Art in Public Spaces generates a creative exchange between artists and the Sheboygan community. It cultivates interactions through the creation of new works of public art and connects people with their own creativity, enabling a diverse public to build a cultural identity that facilitates positive change.
Art in Public Spaces is a project of the Arts Center’s Connecting Communities program.
Recently, Art in Public Spaces outreach focused on the area’s Latinx community, paying particular attention to engaging with the part of the community that is Spanish-speaking. Working with local businesses, churches, and services that cater to this population, the Art in Public Spaces project welcomed new voices, new perspectives, to collaborate with the artists-in-residence.
Over the course of two years, the project brought four artists-in-residence to Sheboygan. Through a series of free, bilingual (Spanish and English) workshops, each artist shared their art practice, listened to the participants, and got to know the community. The input of the community was vital to developing the artist’s initial proposal of the public art piece.
The process of making the final public art piece involved various institutions, nonprofits, and community leaders. All Art in Public Spaces works are located in downtown Sheboygan. The Art in Public Spaces project aims to empower Sheboygan communities and nurture interaction through the creation of art that activates public spaces in the city. Find out more about each project here.
Made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts,
Bert L. and Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust, and the Frederic Cornell Kohler Charitable Trust.
Additional support was provided by the City of Sheboygan, Northern Wisconsin Regional Council of Carpenters Local 731, Quasius Construction Inc., Sheboygan Squared, and Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts.