2020 has been a challenging one for the Center, as it has been for all.  Despite Covid-19, we continue to offer the arts in various forms to the community while fully implementing the Guidelines for operating safely.  

While needing to limit group participant size, we’ve continued to offer engaging classes, workshops, concerts (primarily virtual), and Saturday Art Parties. Highlights from this past year include:

  • Season seven of our summer arts camp for kids. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we were not able to hold our camp for elementary-aged students. However, we were able to hold one session for middle-schoolers, which they especially appreciated.
  • A full line up of exciting local and regional artists in our Chestnut Gallery this year, with a different exhibit each month.
  • Expanded educational offerings in clay, painting, and other media, and a continuation of a new series of one-night classes for adults, “Exploring the Arts,” where friends could gather and enjoy activities like pallet painting.
  • For safety reasons we held several events outside–our first annual Make Music Day event with fun interactive music activities, and a “Building a Base for the Arts” fundraiser with chainsaw carving and live music. Community social events such as our Teatimes at Chestnut and American Education Week Open House were put on hold. Our annual Holiday Showcase …on Chestnut artisanal market became a virtual event.

The Center was greatly disappointed that we could not hold our big fall fundraising event “Lift Up the Arts” (LUTA).  Our funding needs for the upkeep of our historic building are especially great in this upcoming year.  We must replace the roof over a section of the building, and replace the crumbling chimney.  These repairs are crucial to our existence as a local arts center and are estimated to cost approximately $75,000.  So far, we have raised $25,000 for the repairs but are left with a shortfall of $50,000 to procure.   

Since its founding over a decade ago, the Chestnut Center for the Arts has become a hub of the vibrant arts scene in Marshfield. In order to maintain, expand, and discover new ways to enrich the lives of the families and individuals we serve we need your support!

Please honor us and your community by making a gift to Chestnut Center for the Arts! We’re a 501(c)(3) non-profit so your donation is fully deductible. With your help, we can sustain our creative efforts for another year of bringing wonderful programming to Marshfield’s community arts center!

Please hit the Donate button for online giving, or send a check to Chestnut Center, P.O. Box 613, Marshfield, WI 54449.

Warmest Regards from CCA

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