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KPAA Receives Arts Recognition Award

KPAA Receives Arts Recognition Award

Kenosha Fusion

October 30th, 2015

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‘A real vibe’ seen in Kenosha art

Local awards honor efforts to grow, boost community art scene

BY DANIEL GAITAN      dgaitan@kenoshanews.com

Kenosha’s Commission on the Arts wants to make one thing clear: The city’s vibrant art community is a growing and vital resource.

The commission honored four local projects Thursday evening at Kenosha Public Museum: Harbor Park Sculpture Walk; Kenosha Performing Arts Association; Lemon Street Gallery and Art Space; and the Anne Morse Hambrock-Festival of Cartooning.

Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman presented each project with a $250 check to further each cause.

Throughout the two-hour event, attendees munched on hor d’oeuvres and sipped sparkling wine.

Arts Mayor

 

  • Jayne Herring, left, and Mayor Keith Bosman,congratulate Candy Eisenhauer of the Kenosha Performing Arts Association while Paul Haglund watches during the Arts Recognition Program sponsored by the City of Kenosha Commission on the Arts at the Kenosha Public Museum Thursday. KPAA was recognized by an additional $1000 award for their efforts. ( BRIAN PASSINO )

Grand recognition prize

The Kenosha Performing Arts Association, 5014 7th Ave., the nonprofit that created the downtown FUSION space to showcase music, poetry and plays, was also awarded the grand recognition prize of $1,000 for its efforts.

“It’s very exciting and we are very grateful,” said KPAA organizer Candy Eisenhauer. “We’ve got good people, good volunteers. It’s been a work in progress.”

Gallery witnesses growth

Beth Dary, executive director of Lemon Street Gallery, 4601 Sheridan Rd., said she believes Kenosha’s art community has “come leaps and bounds, even from where we were just five years ago.”

Dary is “thrilled” local officials have started to acknowledge the positive effect artists can have on downtown economic development. “There’s a real vibe,” she said. “People are finally getting it.”

The site opened in 1999 as a co-op gallery with only a handful of artists. It has since grown into a visual arts center with more than 80 artist members, according to the organization.

Cartooning festival popular

Last month, Anne Morse Hambrock hosted the popular two-day Festival of Cartooning at UW-Parkside, Kenosha Public Museum and Public Craft Brewing Company. It drew noted satirists and cartoonists from across the nation to Kenosha.

She hopes local media continue to highlight local artists and galleries so that people know about them.

“It feels awesome,” said Morse Hambrock. “Art is so important. Living in a city is about more than just the average things like snow removal. Those things are important, but that extra quality of life that the arts bring is vital to a city being a place that you choose to move to, not just wind up in.”

 

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