Plymouth Arts Center Celebrates 25 years of Enlivening the Spirit of Our Community and Enriching the Lives of All Through the Arts!
PLYMOUTH, WI – Plymouth Arts Center is celebrating its 25th “Silver” Anniversary this year and invites the public to join in the festivities. Established in 1993, as a 501c3 charitable non-profit community arts organization, Plymouth Arts Center has been profoundly committed to its mission of presenting a diverse arts program for all to enjoy. As the leading cultural and arts destination in Western Sheboygan County, the PAC continues to serve tens of thousands of patrons every year since its founding 25 years ago.
Situated in historic downtown Plymouth, WI at 520 East Mill Street, the corner of Eastern Avenue and Mill and North Streets, the PAC is home to Gallery 110 North, a fine art gallery with changing exhibitions-well-known for showcasing Wisconsin artists. The PAC presents ongoing performing art events, art classes, a gift shop featuring member artwork, as well as special signature events such as Northern Moraine Spring Art Tour in June, Cheese Capital Jazz & Blues Crawl in August, Paint the Towns, En Plein Air in September, and the nationally acclaimed, New Year’s Eve, “Big Cheese Drop!” The PAC serves as a popular community center setting for special events such as weddings, showers, recitals, private parties, corporate meetings, educational activities, reunions, and more.
To celebrate its important anniversary milestone, the PAC is presenting a variety of enhanced performances and art shows throughout the year. The Anniversary theme will culminate in December with the Holiday Membership Art Exhibition/Social and the New Year’s Eve/Big Cheese Drop finale.
It all started back in 1993, when founding members and the first Board of Directors, Dena Adamson, Lori Beringer, Andrea Fenner, Roger Lahm, Susan McFarlane, Jody Schetter, Nancy Smith, Christine Schumacher, Peter Wright, and the late, Betty Pardee-Arendt, Joan Kohn, and Nancy Thackray, pooled their ideas and expertise to begin a grassroots effort to create an arts center in Western Sheboygan County. This dedicated and hard-working group along with the Gentine Family Foundation, rolled up their sleeves and invited their friends and associates to join them in this labor of love. They built community awareness by… manning booths at the County Fair and Mill Street Fest, organizing Art Demonstration, presenting fundraising projects, conducting surveys, selling memberships, and more. The entire step by step process, over the first two-years, was highlighted in editorials and through complimentary advertising in the Plymouth Review newspaper. With the financial backing of area businesses and individuals, and after extensive remodeling of the building in 1994, the PAC opened to the public with an inaugural art show featuring the distinguished artist, the late Robert Heuel II, O.P.A, (‘Oil Painter of America.’) The Founders had positioned the Plymouth Arts Center as a vital part of community life in Western Sheboygan County, and as one of Wisconsin’s finest arts centers, as it remains today, 25 years later.
Originally, PAC’s focus was on two-dimensional art in the Gallery, but within a couple years, theater performances, concerts, and art classes were added. Over the years, more and more events were added, generating significant interest and participation in the arts by people of all ages and walks of life. The increased artistic needs of the community and the need to effectively and more efficiently use the space, led the way for a capital campaign and a renovation project. In 2011, the PAC was remodeled and expanded to meet the needs of a growing organization. The $1.5 million project was generously supported by local and regional businesses, foundations, and individual members and friends. The results of the project were a stunning, renewed Arts Center, a cultural showplace for artists and performers, a center for entertainment, and an important anchor business helping in the revitalization of historic downtown Plymouth, WI; while continuing to provide meaningful art related experiences for all. President Tom Slater said, “There were so many wonderful and talented people who gave of their time and fortune to make this dream a reality. The results are a world-class Arts Center that not only serves the needs of the community but introduces the Arts experience to everyone.”