Since our inception in the fall of 2013, ArtRoot has:

  • Formalized a vision statement (2014) and created an initial list of short, medium, and long-term tactics to realize the vision (2015). The tactics are being reviewed and updated in 2019.
  • Initiated biannual ArtsMixers to enhance networking opportunities among area artists, arts professionals and arts advocates (2014). As of fall 2018, we have hosted 9 ArtsMixers with attendance ranging from 50 – 100 people.
  • Worked with the Racine Arts Council to establish a Local Authors’ Lounge (2015) where poetry, fiction and art books featuring local writers and artists are showcased and available for purchase.
  • 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.
  • Developed a Writer-in-Residence program, beginning in January 2017, for local writers. The Racine Literacy Council is the program’s current sponsor. Two writers are selected each year as residents for 6 months. Writers-in-Residence are provided with a stipend and work space at The Branch in  Uptown Racine. Five writers from Racine and Kenosha have been residents so far and are updating a weekly blog.
  • 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 (2017).
  • Partnered with Ask Me Why I Love Racine and UW Parkside beginning in 2017 to produce the first design in the Wall Poems of Racine project.
  • Started an ArtRoot welcome wagon in 2017 to introduce creatives moving to Racine to the local arts community. The committee has welcomed 17 artists, curators and gallery directors to date.
  • Compiled a comprehensive Resources Guide (2018). The guide, published on our website, includes information on funding, exhibition opportunities, residencies, work spaces and much more.
  • Created and began distributing a promotional card to market visual and performing arts organizations and projects in Racine (2019).