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Community Foundation Week

Each November 12-18, the Kenosha Community Foundation and the 700 plus other community foundations in the U. S. mark Community Foundation Week. Established in 1989 by President George H. W. Bush, the focus of the 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.

During Community Foundation Week week, the Kenosha Community Foundation sponsors a public event that promotes #GiveLocalKenosha – our effort to inform the public on ways to contribute to the civic, social and cultural betterment of Kenosha County and its residents.

Past Community Foundation Week Events
2016 – Sponsorship of Music at the 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” – see below find 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 the over 60 people attending in 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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