Posted on: April 17, 2017

Waukesha Canvas

waukesha canvas

The City of Waukesha has always had a thriving art community.  Artist studios and galleries were at the forefront of the revitalization of Waukesha’s Historic Downtown and quarterly Downtown Art Crawls continue to showcase local artists.  The Waukesha Canvas initiative will let the entire community become artists. Inspired by other collaborative community art projects and our residents’ love of their City, Waukesha Canvas involves turning over the paintbrushes, palettes, and canvases to the diverse group of citizens that call Waukesha home. 

From elementary schools to our colleges, from day cares to nursing homes, our team will be reaching out to all Waukesha citizens to participate.  Our goal is to have thousands of “citizen artists” paint their favorite thing about Waukesha on a 4” x 4” piece of watercolor paper.  Maybe it’s a favorite park, restaurant, or building or maybe it’s a childhood memory of the City.  Our team of volunteers will staff a mobile art studio consisting of nothing more than watercolor paints, paper, and paintbrushes.  Volunteers will travel throughout the city seeking participation from residents in neighborhoods from all backgrounds, cultural hubs, as well as from leaders in our major business district.  In the Fall, these works of art will be exhibited in a prominent place for all to view and enjoy. 

This initiative is an excellent opportunity for the young to learn from the old and the old to better understand the culture of Waukesha from a fresh prospective.  We hope this will grow the community and be a tool to get people who may not otherwise interact with each other to share in something for the Waukesha Community while also building upon our community’s reputation as a great place for art. 

This is a great activity for neighborhood block parties, scout activities, summer camps and even team building activities at your work place.

For more information or to reserve a kit contact Sally Kahlfeldt, (262) 524-3749 or skahlfel@waukesha-wi.gov

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