Kenosha Creative Conversations: Developing a Community Cultural Plan

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A Community Cultural Plan for Kenosha…

Madison, Wisconsin created one. Learn how it came together and helps drive a community’s creative economy.

AnneKatzThe Kenosha Commission on the Arts is very excited and honored to welcome Anne Katz, President of Arts Wisconsin. Ann has been very involved in the creation of Madison, Wisconsin’s Cultural Plan. Anne will share a Wisconsin “State of the Arts” report and give us background on the importance of a community cultural plan and how Madison went about the process of developing their plan.

This event is hosted by the City of Kenosha Commission on the Arts and sponsored by the Kenosha Community Foundation.

Light refreshments will be served. Please register by Tuesday, November 11. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.
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About Anne Katz, Executive Director Arts Wisconsin

Anne is Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s non-profit statewide community arts action, service, and development organization. Arts Wisconsin’s mission is to nurture, serve, promote and speak up for the arts in Wisconsin and all of its communities.

Anne has worked with arts organizations in Madison and across the country, including the Madison Civic Center, Madison Committee for the Arts, Madison Repertory Theatre, O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, CT; and The Big Apple Circus, New Dramatists, Inc., and The Feld Ballet in NYC.

The list of arts organizations which have benefited from Anne’s expertise and leadership in the arts is lengthy. A few examples include:– Arts Administration Fellow in the Locals Program of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1988– Past chair of the State Arts Action Council– Member of the planning committee for the Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee–Member of the founding board of directors of the Wisconsin Nonprofits Association– Chair of the City of Madison’s Cultural Plan Steering Committee

As a nationally-known arts advocate, she has been a featured speaker at recent statewide arts and advocacy conferences in Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Maine and Tennessee, as well as numerous arts, creative economy, education, economic development and civic conferences in Wisconsin.

She is a graduate of Brandeis University, with a B.A. degree in Theater Arts, and studied drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England.

Thursday November 13, 2014
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM CST
5:30 – Networking & appetizers
6:00 – Program

5014 7th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140

BONK! Performance Series – Poet Laureate Edition – October 25, 2014…

Bonk October 2014

This month the BONK! performance series returns to the Racine Arts Council, 316 6th Street, for it’s sixth anniversary on Saturday, October 25th at 6:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30) with an exceptional line up of lauded poet-performers. Featured are: Max Garland, Wisconsin Poet Laureate; Nick Ramsey, Racine County Poet Laureate; and Jean Preston, Kenosha Poet Laureate.

MAX GARLAND is the current Poet Laureate of Wisconsin
. A first generation college student, Garland left a ten-year career as a mail carrier to pursue his love of poetry. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa in 1989 and has been teaching since 1990; currently he is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. In his first poetry collection, THE POSTAL CONFESSIONS, which earned the prestigious Juniper Prize for Poetry, Garland chronicles his years carrying the mail in a classic American voice, discovering deeply felt significance within everyday experiences often drawn from the lives of the folks who lived on his rural mail route. Garland’s second book, HUNGER WIDE AS HEAVEN, earned another national prize, this time from the Cleveland State University Poetry Center, a leading force in the publishing and promotion of new American poetry. Of his book, poet Naomi Shihab Nye writes, “[t]here’s a welcoming world here you’ll recognize, as well as a wistfulness that feels perfectly pitched, leaning out to mystery…I’m a mad fan of the delicious, radiant poems of Max Garland.”

NICK RAMSEY, Racine County Poet Laureate, has a simple philosophy, “Practice makes permanent”. Born and raised in Racine, Nick began entertaining audiences with his freestyle raps at the age of 15. At 21, he started writing and has since penned many inspirational poems and uplifting songs. His style combines the lyricism and story telling of golden era Hip-Hop with the improvisational sound of jazz. In 2011, he released his first EP, Introducing: Nick Ramsey, and will be releasing his first full-length album, Nick or Nicholas, in the fall/winter of 2014. Nick has organized, promoted, hosted, and performed at hundreds of events throughout the US. He is also the co-founder of the independent production company and record label, Family Power Music. More information can be found at or

JEAN PRESTON is Kenosha Poet Laureate, 2014-15. Through her poems, Jean gives voice to people who are often unable to express themselves. As the Director of the Carthage College Writing Center and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English, she helps others cultivate their creative voices. According to poet Gray Jacobic, “Jean’s social consciousness is acute; in fact, her awareness seems so keen at so many levels of being, that reading her poems is like getting a crash course in how to be alive.” Jean is the co-author of a photo-journal, Tete’s Story: One Woman’s Work Among the Karen of Thailand, and author of a poetry collection, All the Queen’s Horses, and a chapbook, Sixteen Mothers. Her work has been published in Pleiades, Verse Wisconsin, The Solitary Plover, Straylight, and The Journal of the Association of Research on Mothering. Jean lives in Kenosha with her husband, Tom, and her Scottish terrier, Maggie.

BONK! is made possible by the Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, an ArtSeed grant from the Racine Arts Council, The Friends of the Racine Public Library, The Racine Arts Council, Olde Madrid restaurant, Pink Magnolia restaurant and The Urban League of Racine and Kenosha.
For more information or to view video of past BONK! performances please visit


Bad Luck Jonathan

On October 25th, 2014 Kenosha P.L.A.N.T. (Promoting Live Art & Networking Talent) presents Jon Langford’s BAD LUCK JONATHAN at Fusion 5014 7th Ave. Kenosha, WI 53140.

Jon Langford (born October 11, 1957) is a prolific and respected visual artist. His punk rock instincts and unparalleled draftsmanship come together in a painting style that is distinctive, engaging and challenging. His paintings appear on cd’s (his own and other’s), book covers, as well as beer bottles for the Dogfish Head Brewery.
His multimedia music/spoken-word/video performance, “The Executioner’s Last Songs,” premiered at Alverno College in 2005, and has been performed in several other cities, including Austin. He illustrated the comic strip Great Pop Things under the pseudonym Chuck Death. Since 2005 he has co-hosted a weekly radio program, “The Eclectic Company,” broadcast on WXRT 93.1 FM in Chicago. He has contributed to NPR’s This American Life.

Langford is from Wales but has lived in Chicago since the early 1990’s. Langford was originally the drummer for the punk band The Mekons when it formed at the University of Leeds in 1977, but he later took up the guitar as other band members left. Since the mid-1980s he has been one of the leaders in incorporating folk and country music into punk rock. He has released a number of solo recordings as well as recordings with other bands outside of The Mekons, most notably the Waco Brothers, which he co-founded after moving to Chicago in the early 1990s.

He is involved with the Chicago-basedindependent record label Bloodshot.
The event will begin at 7p.m. with an art show and exhibit by Jon Langford featuring his painted works. He is best known for his striking portraits of country & rock music icons including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley but his interests and subjects range far and wide. Music will be provided by local singer/songwriter Glenn Morrison.

At 8:30 BAD LUCK JONATHAN takes the stage.
Jon Langford stumbled into his latest project BAD LUCK JONATHAN on a remote Island in the Pacific North West.A post gig drinks party had dragged on til 3 in the morning and Langford craved his bed poo-pooing suggestions that he and his band of local hired guns drive half way across the Island and play songs around a bonfire. Former WHISKEYTOWN guitarist Phil Wandscher and Martin “Blueshammer” Billheimer were shocked to witness the old man’s creeping ideological weakness and berated him. “Have you forgotten what its all about maaaan?!” they cried
in outraged unison.Yes, for a moment he had forgotten but out there on the island in the dancing orange flames of primal pagan combustion BAD LUCK JONATHAN was born. Voodoo socialist Space Rock for this moment alone!
Waco Brothers Mayor Jo Jo and Captain Giggles provide the reliably muscular rhythm section.

Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased at

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Dear Deadline – BeExposed! to the Arts at Fusion

Dear Deadline

Christian, acoustic-based band from Kenosha, Wisconsin. You can find our music on iTunes at

Dear Deadline was originally formed by best friends Ethan Corrigan and Armand Border, who enjoyed writing music and performing on the streets of downtown Kenosha. They later added members Aaron Shanahan, Hannah Yonke, and Rachel Czaplicki to expand their musical horizon. Since formation, the band has enjoyed group worship sessions and Bible studies along with songwriting. They have also had recording time at Skies Fall Studios. Later on, Hannah and Rachel went off to college and it was just Aaron, Ethan, and Armand. They have been recording an album and are pumped to release it.

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BeExposed! to the Arts at Kenosha Fusion Performing Arts Space
Friday, October 17, 2014 – 6-9 pm

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5014 7th Ave
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53140

Ronald Paul Larson – BeExposed! to the Arts at Fusion…

Ronald Paul Larson
Ronald Paul Larson:

“Born in Kenosha, WI, I served in the U.S. Army after high school, photographed the Mujahideen in Afghanistan in 1985, and received a B. A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in History and Communication Arts. Afterward, I worked as the Head Text Researcher on the documentary “The Revolutionary War” for The Learning Channel that won the cable Ace award for Best Documentary Series in 1995. I then wrote educational CD-ROMS, was an embedded print reporter with the U.S. Army during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and received an MA in History from the California State University, Fullerton in 2005. In 2011, I went to Libya to experience and record (photography and video) the revolt against Gadaffi. In the summer of 2013 I spent two weeks in Aleppo, Syria. I am technically in the Ph.D. History program at UW-Milwaukee.

I will be presenting photos and video from my trips to Libya (2011) and Syria (2013) this Friday evening at Fusion”

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BeExposed! to the Arts at Kenosha Fusion Performing Arts Space
Friday, October 17, 2014 – 6-9 pm

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5014 7th Ave
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53140

Jenny Marx – BeExposed! to the Arts at Fusion

Jennifer MarxJenny Marx is a performer and artist using spoken, sung and written words. Route 66 is story and song spun around her love of travel and wanderlust. Come along for the ride.

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BeExposed! to the Arts at Kenosha Fusion Performing Arts Space
Friday, October 17, 2014 – 6-9 pm

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5014 7th Ave
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53140

BeExposed! to the Arts at Fusion – Friday, October 17, 2014

BeExposed! to the Arts at Fusion October 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014 enjoy an eclectic show at the BeExposed! to the arts at Fusion event. Art, Poetry, Theater and Music for every taste.

☆ Visual art by Jon Langford.
☆ Visual art by Suellyn Scoon.
☆ “Travel Down Route 66” memories with Jennifer Marx.
☆ “Isis Checkpoint Story” by Ron Paul Larson.
☆ Music by “Dear Deadline” and more!

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BeExposed! to the Arts at Kenosha Fusion Performing Arts Space
Friday, October 17, 2014 – 6-9 pm

FusionLogoKenosha Fusion
5014 7th Ave
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53140