Since our inception in the fall of 2013, ArtRoot has:
• Formalized a vision statement for ArtRoot and the Racine arts community.
• Created a list of short, medium, and long term tactics to realize the vision.
• Inventoried the arts and culture resources in Racine and created a Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Arts_and_Culture_Resources_in_Racine,_Wisconsin
• Worked with the Racine Arts Council to establish a Local Authors’ Lounge at the RAC where poetry, fiction and art books featuring local writers and artists are showcased and available for purchase.
• Developed a Writer-in-Residence program for local writers at the Racine Arts Council. Three writers are selected each year as residents for 4 months. Writers-in-residence are provided with a stipend and work space at the RAC’s office and gallery in downtown Racine.
• Helped Real Racine improve the arts and culture section of its 2017 Visitors Guide.
• Collaborated with Visioning a Greater Racine to organize a visioning session for Racine’s arts community. Over 50 artists, arts supporters, and representatives of local arts organizations attended the November 21, 2016 session held at the Racine Public Library.
• Created a Facebook page to post information about art events and opportunities around town with the goal of fostering a diverse, engaged and interconnected community.
• Initiated biannual ArtsMixers to enhance networking opportunities among Racine’s artists, arts professionals and arts advocates. New projects and connections that benefit local artists and organizations have emerged from the ArtsMixers:
– Origins of Hip Hop, an event that takes place each summer in downtown Racine, hosted a special event at UW Parkside in the spring of 2016 thanks to connections made between the event’s organizer and Parkside’s Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities.
– After meeting at a Mixer in 2015, the coordinator of the Racine Arts Council’s Art Start program partnered with an art instructor from RUSD’s Racine Alternative Education program to develop a cultural arts tour of Chicago that rewards art students in the RAE program who demonstrate academic and behavioral progress.
– Two local graphic designers connected with representatives from the Racine Art Museum and Get Behind the Arts, resulting in new design projects. One of the designers also participated in the development of the new Racine County flag design due to connections made at the Mixers.
– A trio of musicians that performed at one of the Mixers was invited to return to George’s, the venue where some of the mixers have taken place, for additional performances.
– The Director of Racine Revitalization Partnership connected with a local artist at the Spring 2017 ArtsMixer, and they partnered to initiate The Vital Art Project in Uptown Racine.