Tales from the Draw

No city, state or country can have enough creative hubs, spaces, incubators or exhibit spaces.  There is just something inherently good about spaces like these.  Every community needs them, big or small.

There is a “new” space in town that’s getting some buzz and rightfully so – The Draw in Appleton is just the kind of creative incubator that Northeast Wisconsin needs.  I have an exhibition there right now and I took part in a cook-out this past weekend to celebrate the opening of a needed access point to reach the space easier.  There is a similar type of space in Green Bay called The Art Garage, which has been operational since 2006, but Appleton hasn’t had a space or concept like this until now…(from what I know).

I’ve had the opportunity to exhibit at both spaces during the past couple years – both are excellent venues in their own right.  The Art Garage has some history whereas the Draw is very new (est. last 2015).  The location of the Draw is very cool in my opinion – it’s situated close to Lawrence University just down the road from College Avenue but it’s also nested by itself.  The Art Garage in contrast is nestled in with some other buildings and is not that easy to find truth be told.  I’m not hear to judge one operation as better than the other but the old adage of location, location, location definitely helps the Draw I believe.

The building that now houses the draw has been designed as well, which is very cool.  What started out as a plain white brick and mortar building now boasts a cool custom mural on the outside and a very inviting space on the inside.  There’s repurposed materials used throughout the interior which always gives spaces like this some character.

The Draw also hosts the Feather & Bone, which is a collaboration between Cory Chisel, founder of the Annual Appleton Mile of Music Festival, and John Christian Adams. The Feather & Bone focuses on creating a more vibrant and engaged community, through art, music, spaces and events.  This is just another creative idea put on top of another great idea.

No city, state or country can have enough creative hubs, spaces, incubators or exhibit spaces.  There is just something inherently good about spaces like these.  Every community needs them, big or small.

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