Community Art Projects

In 2021, the Trout Museum of Art launched a new initiative to bring art outside the museum walls and engage Fox Cities residents in community-wide art projects. Our goal is to engage thousands of residents each year in fun, educational art projects that leave a visual impact and a lasting impression on our community.

With the help of our lead partner, SECURA Insurance Company, TMA’s Community Art Projects grow to be bigger and better each year! We are grateful for their contribution as well as the partnership of the individual Community Art Project sponsors Miller Electric, Miron, and Fox Communities Credit Union for helping establish this new tradition.

October 30, 2021 | 9am – 12pm

21st Century Dream Catcher
With Oneida Storyteller Debra Morningstar
and artist Kay Kobussen

Join Debra Morningstar, Oneida Storyteller and artist, and Kay Kobussen, another fabulous artist, create a beautiful and HUGE Dream Catcher! The final project will be hung in the Museum’s Atrium in recognition of Native American Heritage Month this November.

Join us at the Museum on Oct 30 during the Appleton Farm Market, 9am – 12pm.

We will have many supplies for you to add to the dream catcher, OR, bring along something special from home like a feather, pinecone, small shell, or any small item found from the Earth.

You will be assisting in creating a very special cultural piece of ART in celebration and honor of the First People of these lands.

Join us on Oct 30 – no registration required, free to the community. Families welcome!!

Past Community Art Projects

Sculpture Welding with Nate Hatch
Co-sponsored by Miller Electric

Artist Nate Hatch welded live at City Park! Art at the Park visitors and families could try welding for themselves at Miller Electric’s pop-up welding center.

Nathan Hatch is a Door County artist with a Masters in Sculpture from the University of Kentucky.“My work derives from memory, passage of time, and the mystery of the everyday.

Steamroll Printmaking with Tyla Hilfreich

Co-sponsored by Miron Construction

Artist Tyla Heilfrich created GIANT prints using ink, paper, and a steamroller! Art at the Park visitors and families could try their hand at printmaking using stamps, foam sheets, and paint.

Tyla Heilfrich is an Appleton artist and entrepreneur, creating art and events of many expressions in and around the Fox Valley. Tyla works in many mediums including printmaking, sculpture, painting, and multi-media.

What You’ve Got with Katie Ries

Artist Katie Ries created one thousand clay seedballs with regionally-specific wildflower seeds. Guests exchanged a seedball for an item in their pocket. In winter of 2021, a final art piece created by Katie and the items left behind will be in display at the museum!

If you planted you clay seedball, tag us in your photos of your seeds growing! @troutmuseumofart on Facebook and Instagram.

Chalk the State 2020

In collaboration with the Museum of Wisconsin Art and arts organizations from around Wisconsin, we took to the sidewalks! In July of 2020, community members chalked their sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots to create bright, joyful art and spread positive messages.

TMA and Appleton’s Farm Market guests chalked with artist Irineo Medina, covering Houdini Plaza and the Museum windows.