Join us January 31 for Art Out of The Closet

Grant Writing Workshop January 13

The Spring Green Area Arts Coalition is offering a Grant Writing Workshop on Wednesday, January 13 at 6 pm in the Spring Green Library Community Room. Karen Goeschko of the Wisconsin Arts Board  will help demystify the process of applying for financial support for art and culture projects.

If you have a great idea for an arts or culture project that would benefit our community or local school – a class, a performance, a guest artist, a school project, an exhibit or a symposium –and need some financial help to make it happen, please join us for this discussion of grant writing fundamentals. Ms. Goeschko will help participants understand how to structure a project description and a budget.

The session will also provide information about how to find and work with a Fiscal Sponsor. Individuals and organizations without tax exempt status can work with an organization with 501c3 or other tax exempt status who can serve as a fiscal sponsor.

The deadline for a first draft of an application for the Arts Coalition’s Creative Community Grant Program is February 19, 2016. The workshop will help prepare potential applicants and offer some information about additional funding sources. Grant applications will be available at the workshop.

The workshop is free and open to all, but the Coalition asks that you register for the session by emailing Terry Kerr at

Coen Brothers Double Feature January 16 

The Spring Green Area Arts Coalition presents a Coen Brothers double feature on Saturday, January 16 beginning at noon with “O Brother Where Art Thou” (PG-13) a hilarious reimagining of The Odyssey set in the Depression-Era South. This movie stars George Clooney. At 3 p.m. “The Big Lebowski” (R), starring Jeff Bridges as The Dude, will be screened . Admission is free. Donations will be gratefully accepted to support arts and cultural programs in the River Valley. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for the first feature and 2:30 p.m. for the second. Gard Theater, 111 Jefferson St., Spring Green.

Donations sought for Art Out of the Closet

The Spring Green Area Arts Coalition is seeking donations of gently used art to sell at its annual recycled art auction, Art Out Of the Closet, on Sunday, January 31, 2016, at the Wisconsin Riverside Resort. The fund-raising event will run from 1 to 4:30 pm.

Donations of professional quality art in good condition--paintings, sculptures, prints, photography, jewelry, pottery, textiles, lithographs and glass--are now being accepted at the Spring Green General Store, 137 S. Albany Street, in Spring Green. Forms at the site will ask donors to describe the items for auction and suggest a fair market value. There is a tax benefit for the year of donation. Donations will be accepted at the General Store during business hours until January 24.

Creative Canvases, eight-inch by eight-inch squares of original art created by area artists, will be also featured again at the fundraising event. To acquire a canvas, a $30 gift certificate can be purchased at Arcadia Books, the Spring Green General Store, Convivio, the Shoppe at Herbs, Spices & More, and at Nina’s Variety Store. Certificates are now available. Any certificates not sold in advance will be available for purchase at the event for $35 each. Holders of certificates may redeem them for Creative Canvases of their choice during the January 31 event.

This year a new feature has been added to the event – Creative Canvases for Young Artists. This feature will include an exhibition of sponsored 6-inch by 6-inch artwork produced by budding artists in the community below high school age. These canvases will be sponsored by individuals who will claim the square created by a young artist of their own choosing for $15. Arrangements can be made to pick up the young artist canvases and sponsorship certificates by contacting Jennifer Jensen by phone at 608-459-0243 or by email:

Proceeds from the silent auction of previously owned art and the sale of Creative Canvas gift certificates support Spring Green Area Arts Coalition sponsorship of art and cultural programs that benefit communities in the River Valley. Monies raised help to meet match requirements of an annual grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board.