The park location would be an opportunity to place the Trout Museum of Art in the heart of the City of Appleton’s aspirations to extend downtown to the waterfront. It is common for cultural centers to be located in parks, along county trails, or on rivers and lakes. This will offer the opportunity for joint art and nature learning. This public-private partnership approach provides an exciting new destination opportunity that combines arts, culture, environment, and history.
Cities often lease parkland for sports, culture, art, and other activities that the cities believe would benefit their communities. Appleton has done this in the past. Appleton Ice, Inc. is a non-profit organization that operates Appleton Family Ice Center (AFIC) in Appleton’s Memorial Park. The Trout Museum of Art would like to discuss with the City of Appleton the idea of leasing land in the park for a new nonprofit art museum.