Thank you, SECURA Insurance for sponsoring 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. We could not have done this without the help of SECURA Insurance! Not only did you take the lead in sponsoring this program, your donation helped us bring in $20,000 in other corporate donations for this program. Our goal is to continue this initiative and engage thousands of residents each year in fun, educational art projects that leave a visual impact and a lasting impression on our community.

Here’s a look back at Community Art Projects in 2021.

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 spring of 2022, a final art piece created by Katie and the items left behind will be in display at the museum!

Sculpture Welding with Nate Hatch
Co-sponsored by Miller Electric

Artist Nate Hatch welded live at City Park this July. 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 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.

21st Century Dream Catcher
Co-Sponsored by Fox Communities Credit Union

With Debra Morningstar, Oneida Storyteller, and artist Kay Kobussen the community helped create a beautiful and HUGE Dream Catcher, all the while learning about the history and stories associated the Native tradition. The final project hung in the Museum’s Atrium in recognition of Native American Heritage Month, Nov to Dec 2021.

Stay tuned for updates on upcoming 2022 projects!