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ArtStart Accepting Proposals for Outdoor Public and Interactive Art


ArtStart in Rhinelander is known for showing the works of amazing artists in its two galleries inside.

Now it wants to show off some of that art outside and make it functional.

“We want it to be something that is interactive and conducive to an outdoor gathering space and potentially an outdoor classroom for our kids art classes to move outdoors and some of the events and programs that we have to take place outdoors and have kind of an artistic beautification element and also interactivity built in,” said Childs.

Childs gave some examples like a community loom, chalkboard easels or nature play areas, but she says she’s open to all ideas.

“We really wanted to open it up artists because I have found that lots of times artists have bigger and better ideas than I do,” said Childs.

There is no limit to the number of proposals a person can submit.

The proposal class for a project budget that should include artist time and materials.

“This program is funded by Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation as part of an initiative to help artists that may have lost some of their funding due to COVID. It’s really important to us, and it would be even without WEDC funding, to make sure that artists are being paid for their time,” said Childs.

It shouldn’t exceed $5,000.

Project proposals are due by November. A selection will be made by November 20th.

ArtStart hopes to have the artwork installed next spring. For more information, visit www.artstartrhinelander.org.

Katie Thoresen is WXPR's News Director/Vice President.
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