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Community Foundation Week

During Community Foundation Week week, the Kenosha Community Foundation sponsors one or more public events that promote #GiveLocalKenosha – our effort to inform the public on ways to contribute to the civic, social and cultural betterment of Kenosha County and its residents.

2020 Community Foundation Week

Our Interim Executive Director Jane Harrington-Heide will join Kenneth Fellman, President of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and Tom Clark, a Foundation donor, on WGTD Radio’s “Community Matters” program on November 14 at 11:15 am to discuss Community Foundation Week as well as the Community Foundation’s programs and charitable giving options.

To celebrate the week, the Foundation has planned a number of events and announements to take place November 12-18:

  • A “Courageous Conversation” on building diversity in local government, organized by the Coalition for Dismantling Racism. The event took place on November 12 – click here to view a video of the discussion.
  • A virtual performance by the Fleeing Artists Theatre – “Theatre without Context” which will include selections from Shakespeare and other classics by members of the company; November 13 (at 7 pm), 14 (at 7 pm) and 15 (at 2pm) – view the production on the Fleeing Artist Theatre’s YouTube channel.
  • The Wisconsin Prints 2 virtual and curbside exhibition of works by printmakers from Wisconsin’s colleges and university’s – organized and curated by Anchor Press, Paper, and Print running from November 15 through mid-January.
  • Opening the application period for the second year of the CBK Small Grants Program.
  • Continue the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the Foundation’s Women’s Fund will honor the “WE VOTE” – a collaborative exhibit sponsored by Lemon Street Gallery and the Kenosha Public Library. For “WE VOTE,” artists were given old library card catalog drawers and created art pieces that represented some aspect of the Suffrage Movement. The traveling exhibit can be view at Kenosha’s Northside Library through the month of November.
  • Release of an aerial video that showcases the 2019-2021 Sculpture Walk-HarborPark exhibition with drone photography by Kevin Poirier, former head photographer at the Kenosha News. The Sculpture Walk is a project of the Foundation’s Kenosha Arts Fund.
  • Issue a call for proposals for the 2021 CBK Small Grants Program.
  • Announce the creation of the Rizzo Family Memorial Fund – a new scholarship fund.
  • Share a special “Thank You” to Robert Schneider – our now-retired Executive Director – for his years of service to the Foundation and the community.
  • Past Community Foundation Week Events

    2019 – We asked the community to share their views on the priorities, opportunities, and challenges in Kenosha and Kenosha County through the #WhatKenoshaNeeds2019 survey – the survey was designed to help the Foundation identify issues and areas where grant funding may be needed are most.

    2018 – Sponsored a free double music event at the Kenosha Creative Space that featured two of our musical passions performed by artists with UW-Parkside (UWP) connections:

  • Kenosha’s own The Oscillators (most members are graduates of UWP) in a mini-concert featuring the debut of “Thaw” – a new work by Emily Joy Sullivan of the UW-P’s Fresh Inc Music Festival
  • Modern Jazz with Mike Daisy on drums, Max Johnson on bass and UWP Professor Russ Johnson on trumpet

  • 2017 – We asked the community to share their ideas with us on how to #GiveLocalKenosha by participating in our Community Assessment Survey – find the results at the #GiveLocalKenosha page on our website.

    2016 – Sponsorship of Music at the Kenosha Commission on the Arts’s Annual Arts Recognition Awards ceremony at UW-Parkside’s at Bedford Hall – this included a performance of “Idea Rise” – a composition by Wisconsin-native Zachary Green by members of the Kenosha Kenosha Symphony Orchestra. The Kenosha Community Foundation commissioned “Idea Rise” – watch a video of the Kenosha Symphony ensemble’s performance:

    2015 – Kenosha Rising – held in collaboration with UW Extension and the Kenosha Commission on the Arts presented findings of a survey of local artists and analyze economic impacts of the arts with the community and engaged participants on next steps cultural planning.

    2014 – Kenosha Creative Conversations – held in collaboration with the Kenosha Commission on the Arts, a community-wide discussion of the present and future of the arts and culture in Kenosha held at Kenosha’s Fusion.

    2013 – Kenosha Unconference – held in collaboration with the Kenosha Commission on the Arts, arts enthusiasts gathered together and broke into interest groups to do brainstorming held at Gateway Technical College. Unconference outcomes included: the development of plans for the celebration of Kenosha native Orson Welles’s 100th birthday and the creation of the hashtag #KenoshaArts whose use is to promote/encourage area artists.

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    Each November 12-18, the Kenosha Community Foundation and the 700 plus other community foundations in the United States mark Community Foundation Week.

    Established in 1989 by President George H. W. Bush, the focus of Community Foundation Week is to raise awareness of the increasingly important role of public charities and philanthropic institutions in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address civic and economic challenges.