art in public spaces

About the Art in Public Spaces Program

The 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.



Opening (Walk Through #1)
Opening (Walk Through #1) is a responsive public artwork enhancing community interactions with the architecture and open space in one of downtown Sheboygan’s alleyways. The construction of the piece will bridge the public space with the community that inhabits it. This, in turn, should mirror how the relationship between people, art, and environment can empower the city as a whole. As a Colombian immigrant, Gabriel finds it important to involve the community, especially the Latin community, in this process as a way to integrate them and thus enriching the fabric of the Sheboygan Community.

FREE Art-Making Workshops

Come be part of this public artwork.

Environmental Collaboration
Saturday, July 15, 10:00 a,m,–4:00p.m.
Connecting Communities Tent at MFA

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

Open Studio Dates with artist Diana Gabriel
The ARTery

Tuesday, August 1, 10:00 a.m.–5:00p.m.
Wednesday, August 2, 10:00 a.m.–5:00p.m.
Thursday, August 3, 10:00 a.m.–5:00p.m.
Friday, August 4, 10:00 a.m.–5:00p.m.
Saturday, August 5, 10:00 a.m.–5:00p.m.

Opening Reception
Thursday, August 17, 1:00–6:00p.m.
Public Reception for Connecting Communities artist Diana Gabriel’s installation Opening (Walk Through #1).


Natural Bridge Study | Estudio del Puente Natural
Natural Bridge Study will be an immersive installation in the 8th Street Weill Center alleyway in Sheboygan. It will be built like a stage that will represent an image of the natural land bridge in Virginia, made from a collage of theme park and landscape photos. The image will be based on the Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church’s The Natural Bridge (1852). The final  installation will be completely visible from the the street, but will visually break down into its parts when viewed up close from inside the alley.

Natural Bridge Study will involve the local community, especially the Latinx community, by inviting them to contribute their personal photos of fake landscapes, which will be incorporated into the collage and painted into the installation. This is intended as a gesture of inclusion, metaphorically signifying the contributions of immigrants to America throughout its history, and also literally including the visual mementos of the community into a Sheboygan public space.

FREE Art-Making Workshops

Come be part of this public artwork.

Drawing From Nature
Thursday, June 29, 5:00–9:30 p.m.
During the Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series in the Connecting Communities Tent


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

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.