Artslink Is Closing Its Doors

Dear Friends,

We’ve got some news. Since 2013, Reedsburg ArtsLink has been invigorating our community by growing the arts. None of our work would’ve been possible without your support, and we want to thank you. We hope you share our pride in what we’ve achieved.

After months of soul-searching among its leadership, ArtsLink will be sunsetting. Although our doors may be closing, ArtsLink’s legacy will live on. Our assets will be transferred to the Greater Sauk County Community Foundation to be held in trust for the benefit of Ruminant and Harvest Park, and a newly-formed Friends of Ruminant group will help steward the funds.

Harvest Park Spring Clean Up 2018

We’re especially proud of these projects:

  • Ruminant/Harvest Park. Award-winning public art now figures prominently downtown.
  • Second Sundays at The Painted Forest. Raised awareness of this Sauk County art treasure in Valton.
  • Youth Arts Programming & Reedsburg Area High School Art Exhibits. Created outlets for and recognition of our community’s youth artists.
  • Reedikulus Arts Crawls. Gave local artists a platform and animated downtown.
  • 20 Poems Project. A poetry scavenger hunt encourages visitors to explore downtown.
  • Ahuchoga: Blue Wing’s Legacy mural, and the Indigenous Peoples Coloring Pages created for Reedsburg schoolchildren— two projects that showed appreciation for our region's first people, the Ho-Chunk.

We believe creative communities are strong communities. With your support, we’ve initiated dozens of additional programs, projects, classes, and community collaborations. We’ve fostered connections between local and regional people that helped their creative ideas flourish. We’ve fought to get creatives at tables where important decisions are made, and we’ve raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support the arts in our community. All of our work has been volunteer, much of it behind the scenes.

More than anything, we hope we’ve ignited a spark in you, and that new arts leadership will emerge. We encourage you to be a torchbearer, to take creative risks, and to advocate for the arts, especially on the local level. There’s still plenty of work to be done.

Let’s take this opportunity to celebrate all we’ve achieved together over the past 10 years
Join us for a free buffet lunch and a brief program at
Beastro & Barley, 125 E. Main St., Sunday, February 19, 11 am-1 pm
There will be a cash bar plus a commemorative glass to take home

 

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