Registration is still open for ArtStart Rhinelander’s 2018 School of the Arts Legacy Program to be held at Treehaven near Tomahawk.
School of the Arts will be held from September 27 – 30 and feature classes that focus on art, nature, writing, film, pottery, poetry, painting, playwriting, dance, and more.
Local author Victoria Houston will be giving the keynote address at this year’s School of the Arts.
Houston has written 18 books in the Loon Lake mystery series, which is based on elements from Three Lakes, Eagle River, Mincoqua, and Rhinelander. Her keynote address is Friday, September 28th at 6:00 p.m. and is open to the public.
"I'm going to talk about what are those elements that keep you going when you feel like you're doing bad work or something nobody is ever going to see," says Houston. "I'm going to help people get over that and move forward with their writing or their art."
Houston says School of the Arts is for professionals, as well as people who just want to immerse themselves in something for a weekend.
"When I was starting out, I used to go to writer's conferences but they were in places like Baltimore, Chicago, and that can be very expensive," says Houston. "It's so helpful to have the School of the Arts here where people can connect because one of the things that is so helpful is being in the classroom with someone who is a professional."
In addition to classes at Treehaven, there are also free offerings at ArtStart Rhinelander and the Rhinelander District Library.
School of the Arts ran in Rhinelander as a function of UW-Madison from 1967 until 2015. Then in 2017, ArtStart Rhinelander revived the program under a different format. This year, the historic format has returned.
You can sign up for classes at the School of the Arts here: http://artstartrhinelander.org/programs/school-of-the-arts-2/