Fox Cities Building for the Arts A Collaborative Arts Environment

Screen Shot 2013-06-13 at 7.16.37 AMThere will soon be a new name on the top of the building located at 111 W. College Avenue in downtown Appleton to better reflect the wide range of arts offerings provided to the community. The building, currently home to The Trout Museum of Art and other non-profit arts organizations, will soon be called the Fox Cities Building for the Arts.

“There has been significant growth and participation in the arts over the past 10 years in our community. Creating a gathering place for the arts organizations is a response to the community’s interest to see that growth continue and provides us one more advantage in attracting people to the Fox Cities to work and live,” said Kathi Seifert, Fox Cities Building for the Arts board chair.

The Fox Cities Building for the Arts will serve as a collaborative business enterprise designed to empower nonprofit arts organizations to better serve the community through program partnerships, increased visibility and more efficient operations for years to come. Five area arts organizations currently residing in the building, the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, new Voices (formerly the White Heron Chorale), the Makaroff Youth Ballet and the Appleton Boychoir will continue to operate within the building. The Trout Museum of Art, named for Dr. Monroe and Sandra Trout, will retain its current name but be operated by the Fox Cities Building for the Arts.

In addition, an Academy of Visual Arts, also operated by the Fox Cities Building for the Arts, will focus on expanding art education programming for children and adults.

“Beginning this summer, the Academy of Visual Arts kicks-off its program offerings with summer art camp for kids and adult art classes. Increased programs that serve school-aged children through art classes, guided tours, school field trips, home- schooled programs and outreach programs will follow. The Trout Museum of Art will continue to offer world-class exhibitions, juried art competitions for local artists, Art at the Park and the popular Jazz at the Trout series. The community has been extremely excited and supportive of all these initiatives,” said Pamela Williams-Lime, president of the Fox Cities Building for the Arts.

“The Fox Cities Building for the Arts creates a synergy between the visual arts and the many community arts organizations that make their home there. The more we can inspire adults, children and the community through the arts and offer local outlets for artistic expression, the stronger our community will be,” said Beth Flaherty, a board member of the Fox Cities Building for the Arts and Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra board chair.

A campaign kicked off in June 2013 to help raise $2 million for the Fox Cities Building for the Arts enhancements. These enhancements include improved office and common areas, classroom and studio space, visiting areas, as well as areas for meetings and other activities. “This is a pivotal moment in the history of the Fox Cities. We have an opportunity to help foster a sustainable future of the arts for everyone to enjoy right here in our own community,” added Seifert. “We have momentum as we continue to collaborate, conduct outreach and bring the vision to life.”

For more information on the campaign, programs or services, please call 920-733-4089, ext. 1001.

About the Fox Cities Building for the Arts

The Fox Cities Building for the Arts will serve as a collaborative business enterprise designed to empower nonprofit arts organizations to better serve the community through program partnerships, increased visibility and more efficient operations for years to come. In addition to the Trout Museum of Art which is operated by the Fox Cities Building for the Arts, five other area arts organizations currently reside in the building: the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, NEW Voices (formerly the White Heron Chorale), the Makaroff Youth Ballet and the Appleton Boychoir.

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