Thrasher Opera House Receives Grant

The Thrasher Opera House is pleased to announce that it has received a grant of $2,000 from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. This grant was awarded through the Creation and Presentation Program and will support the variety of musical and theatrical programs in the Thrasher’s 2015 season.

State grants are awarded through a competitive process. This grant indicates that the Thrasher Opera House provides the highest level of quality in its programs, community outreach and administration. Support from the Wisconsin Arts Board helps the Thrasher meet its mission to promote the arts, provide a community gathering place and preserve the historic Thrasher Opera House.

The Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB) is the state agency that nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development, allows groups to undertake innovative programming and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage in Wisconsin’s communities. The WAB’s grants to arts and community organizations help make programs available to broad audiences.

“Arts and creativity are what will take us out of the recession and into a 21st century economy,” said Anne Katz, executive director of Arts Wisconsin.

According to Arts and Economic Prosperity IV, the latest study devoted to the economic power of the arts, Wisconsin’s nonprofit arts and cultural sector is a $535 million industry, resulting in nearly $65 million in local and state tax revenues, 22,872 in full-time equivalent jobs and $479 million in resident income.

Wisconsin currently ranks 48th in the nation, spending only 13 cents per person on the arts, but with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wisconsin Arts Board, through its grant programs, can help to ensure that cultural resources like the Thrasher Opera House will continue to be integral to the quality of life in Wisconsin.

For more information about the Thrasher Opera House, check out their website at

Arts Alliance of Portage County Concludes 10th Anniversary Campaign
The Arts Alliance of Portage County would like to thank the residents of Portage County for helping them celebrate their 10th Anniversary.

At the close of 2014, the Arts Alliance campaign raised more than $17,000 for the Arts & Culture Mission Fund, exceeding their goal of $10,000. When the fund was opened by the Arts Alliance 10 years ago, an endowment fund for supporting art and culture did not exist.

It was the vision of many of those people who were involved at the beginning of this project to see this fund grow over time. Because of recent anniversary campaign gifts, past contributions by the Arts Alliance Cornerstone members, the past two Toast to the Arts events and various individual donors, the fund currently has a balance of $97,872.62, so breaking the $100,000 mark early in 2015 is now a very real possibility. While the campaign has concluded, the Arts Alliance would still like to encourage annual giving to the Arts & Culture Mission Fund.

The Arts Alliance of Portage County will continue to promote and financially support the growth of this fund for many years to come. Endowed, long-term funding for the arts and culture community will only strengthen further community development, making Portage County a great place to live, work and retire.

If you are interested in contributing to the Arts & Culture fund annually, please mail your check or credit card payment to the Community Foundation – Arts & Culture Mission Fund, or visit and click on the “Donate Now” button.

The Arts Alliance of Portage County is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts and culture service and advocacy organization. AAPC’s mission is to connect, engage and advocate for arts and culture across Portage County. For more info, visit​.

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