John Michael Kohler Arts Center receives $60,000 grant
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan has been awarded a $60,000 Art Works grant for its Connecting Communities program from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The funds will support Connecting Communities artist residencies planned for 2019 and 2020. The Arts Center’s Connecting Communities program, established in 1997, brings renowned artists to Sheboygan to collaborate with area residents in the creation of new works of art.
“The Arts Center is honored to receive funding from the National Endowment for the Arts for these projects,” said the center’s Executive Director Sam Gappmayer. “NEA support recognizes the highest standards of artistic excellence. These projects will serve as an inspiring catalyst to bring area residents together with accomplished artists in making art for the whole community to enjoy.”
National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter announced more than $27 million in grants last week as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grant-making program. The agency received 1,605 Art Works applications for this round of grant making, and will award 972 grants in this category.
More information about Connecting Communities can be found at jmkac.org/communityarts. For more information on the National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.
Brewers executive to speak at Lakeland University
A unique look at the Milwaukee Brewers and their recent business success will be the topic of Lakeland University’s 18th annual Charlotte and Walter Kohler Distinguished Business Lecture.
Rick Schlesinger, Milwaukee Brewers president of business operations, will deliver a talk entitled “The Business of Major League Baseball” on Tuesday, March 5, in Lakeland’s Bradley Theatre.
The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m.
The business of Major League Baseball in Milwaukee has become more complex as the Brewers near the club’s 50th season in Milwaukee.
Schlesinger will discuss the challenges of fielding a competitive team in one of the game’s smallest markets, noting the creative solutions the team has used to generate revenues to help fund player payroll and related player development needs.
Last year, the Brewers found great success in advancing to just one game short of the World Series. The goal is to field a competitive team every year, and Schlesinger will discuss how this can only be done when the baseball and business operations departments work together toward that singular goal.
Schlesinger is in his 17th season with the Milwaukee Brewers and first as president of business operations after being promoted to his current position on Jan. 23, 2019. He previously served as executive vice president of business operations (2003-10) and spent the past eight seasons as chief operating officer (2011-18).
Schlesinger oversees the club’s business affairs, including finance, human resources, information technology, legal, sponsorships, marketing, ticketing, communications, broadcasting and non-baseball special events. Additionally, he oversees the Phoenix Spring Training complex operation as well as the operations of the Brewers-owned Class-A Carolina Mudcats.
In nearly every aspect of the business, the Brewers have eclipsed records during Schlesinger’s tenure. In 2018, more than 2.85 million fans attended games at Miller Park, representing the 11th time in the last 12 seasons that the organization has exceeded the 2.5 million attendance mark.
The team has sold in excess of 2.3 million tickets for 13 consecutive seasons, making the Brewers one of just eight Major League teams to reach that level each year since 2006.
Under Schlesinger’s guidance, the club has enhanced the fan experience at Miller Park on numerous fronts. In 2017, the Brewers initiated a complete transformation of the food and beverage hospitality experience, which marked the largest club-funded project in the history of Miller Park. Those efforts were honored with the 2017 Ballpark Digest Award for Best New Concessions Experience.
Toddler Barnyard opens at Above & Beyond Children’s Museum
The Toddler Room at Above & Beyond Children’s Museum is set to transform to the Melitta S. and Joan M. Pick Toddler Barnyard. The new exhibit on the second floor will feature a multi-level barn play-structure and slide, toys that encourage development of children ages 0-4 in the areas of gross motor, fine motor and cognitive skills.
The project is made possible with the financial support of Melitta S. and Joan M. Pick Charitable Trust, a charitable organization based in Milwaukee focused on gifts, grants or loans to other organizations, and the Sheboygan Service Club. Project partners include local businesses Custom Built Inc. and Quasius Construction.
Sheboygan’s Above and Beyond Children’s Museum held a debut for the new coloring book, “Color Me Sheboygan” by Sheboygan North High School student Katie English. The book was a project English did with the help of area business and Jake’s Cafe.
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“This beloved space will become a new time-honored favorite of our youngest visitors to the museum,” said Emily Rendall-Araujo, executive director of Above & Beyond Children’s Museum. “Not only will the new Toddler Barnyard be a grand spot for active discovery it will help educate kids and families about farming and growing fresh foods through play and themed programming.”
Additional enhancements to the Toddler Room area, located on the east side of the building’s second floor, include a private area designed with nursing mothers in mind funded by Sheboygan Service Club and a remodeled family bathroom.
The community is invited to support additional museum enhancements through a variety of sponsorship and donor opportunities. For more information please call Above & Beyond Children’s Museum Executive Director Emily Rendall-Araujo at 920-458-4263.
Wisconsin Singers coming to Oostburg
Marking the beginning of its next half century of entertainment excellence, Wisconsin Singers is set to dazzle audiences with its 51st-season show for one night only in Oostburg on Saturday, March 2 at 5 p.m. at Oostburg High School.
UW-Madison’s nationally renowned Wisconsin Singers promises to entertain audience members of all ages with its brand-new show, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now! Featuring American pop from the past 50 years of music, this show is an explosive 90-minute performance showcasing song and dance, big band sound, humor and classic Badger spirit.
There will be a little something for every generation including music by well-known artists Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson and Elton John, while kids of any age will laugh at the Singers’ renditions of music from the “Lego Movie” and “Trolls.” Musical theater and movie fans will enjoy songs from “The Greatest Showman,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Hamilton,” “Pitch Perfect 3” and “La La Land.” The celebrated Wisconsin Singers’ band caps off an unforgettable evening with tributes to funk and Stevie Wonder. And no show would be complete without a musical salute to UW’s time honored Fifth Quarter where you’ll sing along with “On Wisconsin” and “Varsity.”
The show will feature opening performances by local area show choir, the Oostburg High School Choir. These students will participate in workshops led by the Wisconsin Singers, with Oostburg alumni Isaac Otte, to learn a routine and get the chance to speak with the Singers about keeping music in their lives in college.
Tickets for the show in Oostburg on March 2 are $15 for adults and $10 for students or seniors. They can be purchased at participating schools, by calling 608-886-6801 or online at https://www.wisconsinsingers.com/oostburg.
Shoreline Women’s Club announces March meeting
Shoreline Woman’s Club will meet at noon for lunch on Thursday, March 14 at the Sheboygan Yacht Club, 214 Pennsylvania Ave. in Sheboygan. A program will follow with Mayor Vandersteen as the speaker. Guests are always welcome. For reservations, please call 920-457-3759 by Sunday, March 10.
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