LOL Public Art Installs “Fish Tales”

Land O’ Lakes Public Art has installed “Fish Tales” on the morning of July 11, 2019. It is a large 8’x6’x3′ fish sculpture constructed by Ed Wuytack, Dan Balog and Caleb Hansen, located on the grounds in front of the Land O’ Lakes Town Hall. This Public Art piece has “scales” that shimmer with engravings from the community. If you had one engraved stop by and find it!

Community members can buy engraved medallions to mount to the fish in honor of family, friends, pets and events. If you would like to order a medallion, forms are available at the Town Hall or online in the link provided below.  

Completed forms should be returned to the town of Land O’ Lakes, PO Box 660, Land O’ Lakes WI 54540. You can also find purchasing information at .

LOLA’s Zombie Crawl Recognized as a 2019 Top Rural Development Initiative by Wisconsin Rural Partners

Wisconsin Rural Partners is an organization who’s educational mission is dedicated to building collaborative partnerships across the public and private sectors to benefit rural Wisconsin.  Each year they can only recognize a fraction of the wonderful rural initiatives as Top Rural Development Initiative winners. However, many other applicants had stories they thought should be shared. The WI Rural Partners highlighted two top rural success stories from the past year, and one was LOLA’s annual Zombie Crawl! Continue reading to see how they shared our story.

LOLA’s (Land O’ Lakes Area Artisans) Annual Zombie Crawl will enter its 4th year in 2019. The event began as a fun Halloween-themed pub crawl, and has evolved into an annual weekend-long event in 2018 offering themed art classes and events. LOLA collaborated with community partners Land O’ Lakes Historical Society & Northern Waters Museum where a story telling session focused on local legends was held, and The Gateway Lodge, which offered ghost tours of the historic hotel and hosted LOLA’s special guests, The Fox Valley Ghost Hunters.

Many area taverns, restaurants, and hotels received increased business over the Zombie Crawl weekend. Participating establishments are also part of a spooky scavenger hunt in which crawl participants collect candy “body parts” along the way. The main attraction of the Zombie Crawl is the most artistic aspect of the event: the costumes and makeup. Participants who purchase “Zombification Upgrade” are able to have their zombie makeup applied by LOLA artists using professional grade makeup and techniques. After makeup, participants also receive the option of zombie costume extras like fake blood, ashes, dirt, and other gruesome accessories.

– Wisconsin Rural Partners

Live Music on the LOLA Porch All Summer Long

Porch Songs

A FREE music series for Summer

Select Thursdays.  5:00 – 6:30 p.m. – LOLA deck.

Bring your comfy outdoor chair, relax and join us outside!

RAIN LOCATION – Inside the SNOWFLAKE BUILDING, behind the LOL Town Hall.


FRIDAY June 21  Celebrate Make Music Day!

5-7 p.m.  Street Dance with OPEN TAB of Wausau, WI , Hwy B in front of the LOLA Center.

Open Tab is husband and wife duo, Nick & Carmyn Hoen of Wausau.  Putting their own twist on covers, no song is off limits to be played acoustically or with high energy backing tracks.

Porch Songs Schedule    5:00 – 6:30 p.m.   LOLA deck.

June 27             Allen Brothers Band Allen Brothers Band is a fun and entertaining pop, rock, and funk band based out of Central Wisconsin. They cover a wide range of hit songs from the 60’s to the present. 

July 11             Steve Jones & the Garden City Hot Club   A swinging trio of two jazz guitars and bass, built around the hot lead guitar and easy-going vocals of Steve Jones. 

July 18              The Brothers Burn Mountain Soulful, blues-y, folk-y, gritty, tender, energetic – singer/songwriters with original music, straight out the woods of Duluth, MN.

July 25               Beth Hassler Viola and violin player, Beth Hassler of Eagle River, WI is new to the area, but has played and taught, extensively  in the Minneapolis area.  She will soothe our souls will classical selections.

August 8            Scott Kirby Singer/Songwriter Scott Kirby of Rhinelander, WI, will share his individual voice with alternative, blues & rock music.

August 15          MeMo – Trevor Moore & Jim Meiers Guitarist duo from Eagle River, WI, Trevor & Jim have a style that is firmly rooted in the classic, acoustic rock of the 1970’s, by artists such as Neil Young, Pink Floyd, America, David Bowie and a host of others.

August 22          Woodland String Band String musicians from around the Northwoods will perform American and Celtic fiddle tunes, Mariachi music, musical show tunes, light jazz, classical and pop music with a few extra surprises.






Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 800 cities in 120 countries.

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.  Learn more at .

Special Musical Classes  – LOLA will offer two free workshops Thursday, June 20, 201910:00 a.m. – Noon   or  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. as a part of LOLA’s Summer Art Venture & Make Music Day. A variety of music makers will be made during these special classes.  (Ages 5-6 must be accompanied by an adult.)  Colorful maracas, bongos and other instruments will be created.  Then join in on the fun of Make Music Day on Friday, June 21.  Bring your instruments to downtown Land O’ Lakes  and share your own music with the world. Pre -register by June 13. Click here to register.

SCHEDULE – Friday, June 21, 2019 – Land O’ Lakes Make Music Day Events:

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Street musicians, various locations – Including artists – Rachael Brain, Beth Hassler, Steve Kickert, Jon Franke, OneVoiceUP & more to come!

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Instruments outside LOLA   Come bang the drums! Play the piano! Hoot on the harmonica! Anyone can play and be a musician for the day! No experience necessary.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Wandering Musical Art – Sound Suits – Watch for the colorful characters in musical suits!  Inspired by artist, Nick Cave, LOLA’s creative crew have created some funky, clunky, chunky and LOUD wearable art.  Artists will be traveling up and down County Road B in the downtown area of Land O’ Lakes.

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Harmonica Workshop for Kids LOLA Center Art Room – Free Workshop!  Free Harmonica!  Ages 8 – 14.  Pre-register by June 18.  Space is limited.   Taught by blues harmonica player, Garry Schedin of Eagle River.  Each registered child will receive a free Hohner BluesBand Harmonica, generously donated by the Hohner Company. Click here to register.

TBA – Laurie Johnson – OPUS – Playing guitar and singing.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – One Voice UP – The Alley Lanes & Tavern – A soulful vocal group from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula singing a variety of classics from years gone by.

10:30 a.m. – Noon – Play the pBuzz! Music Workshop for Kids LOL Elementary School Commons –  Free Workshop! Pre-register by June 18.  Space is limited. Taught by Laura Plank, Northland Pines School District Elementary Music Teacher, and educators from the Land O’ Lakes Elementary School. After learning to play the pBuzz, students, parents & friends will parade down the road to Dairy Maid for one free small ice cream cone for registered students! Click here to register.

11:00 am – Carol Mason-Sherrill – Dari-Maid –  Playing the Autoharp.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Jon Franke Meyer Insurance Building – Acoustic guitarist featuring folk, swing and bluegrass music. 

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Mery Krause  –  LOL Library  –  Playing the Qchord, an exciting digital instrument that strums like a guitar, plays chords like piano and melody like a keyboard.

1:00 pm – Carol Mason-Sherrill – Gateway Lodge –  Playing the Autoharp.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Eclectic Duo – Cindy Pesek & John Oliver – LOLA Deck –  Guitars and voices together, with an eclectic mix of popular song.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – LOL Library – Steve Kickert – Acoustic guitar performer doing a mix of his own music and that of singer/songwriters from across the country.

3:00 p.m. – Beth Hassler Dairy Maid – Beth will delight customers on Violin & Viola at our popular Dairy Maid – ice cream spot, playing the soul infusing music of Bach.

3:00 p.m. – Dedication of Musical Play Ground Equipment –  LOL Town Hall Art Park   Join the LOL Public Art Committee to cut the ribbons, play on the new equipment, and make the flowers sing!  Also, join in on making the old jungle gym into a new piece of art!  Free event.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Hymn Sing – Ely Memorial Church –  Listen to the Ely Memorial United Church of Christ Choir and the Ahh-Men Singers, and raise your voices by singing along!  What’s your favorite hymn?

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Street Dance w/ Open Tab of Wausau – in front of the LOLA Center –  RAIN location – LOL Snowflake Building – behind LOL Town Hall.

Open Tab is husband and wife duo, Nick & Carmyn Hoen of Wausau, who also head up their other band, The Third Wheels.  Putting their own twist on covers, no song is off limits to be played acoustically or with high energy backing tracks.  Nick’s full rich guitar tone built from years of playing, mixed with what the City Pages described as “Carmyn’s charismatic presence and confident voice” make it easy for Rebel Yell to rock and Higher Ground to groove.  Their originals are a great mix of stunning riffs, and clever lyrics.  Lyrics are always written from the music. So the music dictates the emotion of the song.  Open Tab performs across the state.

7:00 p.m. – Rachael Brain – Dairy Maid – Professional singer & comedian, who performed in Las Vegas, Rachael brings an up-beat energy and retro sound to contemporary songs.

Are you a musician?  Would you like to be a part of LOLA’s World Make Music Day Celebration?  We are looking musicians to perform in Land O’ Lakes during the day.  For more information, give us a call at 715-547-3950 and join in the celebration!

BUSKING IS PERMITTED.  You do not need to be a professional musician.  Contact LOLA for a time slot & spot!  715-547-3950

Take a Summer ART-Venture!


Be an art explorer and investigate painting, drawing, building, and imagining.  Classes will feature a variety of artist techniques, tools, forms, and styles.  These artful offerings are not only fun for young people, but interesting and creative for adults as well!

Click here to view the full SUMMER ART-VENTURE GUIDE 

Preregister for individual classes on site calendar date, or call the LOLA Office at 715-547-3950.  Pick and choose the classes that work for your UpNorth Art-Venture!

Unless noted, ALL classes are $12 per person  OR $10 each – for a Child & Adult together.   All materials included.  

Tuesday classes:   10:00 – 11:00  a.m.  Toddler Tuesday – Ages:  3-4, pre-k.  Each Tuesday, through July 30.  Experiential art based on the Reggio Emilia Approach, which is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education which values the child as strongcapable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. Toddlers must be accompanied by an adult.  Preregister on site calendar date, or call 715-547-3950.

Tuesday classes:  1:00-3:00 p.m.  All ages –  (ages 5-6 must be accompanied by an adult.)  A variety of classes each Tuesday afternoon, through Aug. 8.  Preregister on site calendar date, or call 715-547-3950.

Thursday classes:  10:00 – Noon    All ages –  (ages 5-6 must be accompanied by an adult.)  A variety of classes each Thursday afternoon, through Aug. 8.  Preregister on site calendar date, or call 715-547-3950.

Thursday classes:  1:00 – 3:00 p.m.   All ages –  (ages 5-6 must be accompanied by an adult.)  A variety of classes each Thursday afternoon, through Aug. 8.  Preregister on site calendar date, or call 715-547-3950.

DEADLINE for Registration and Payment for all classes is one week prior to class date.  No refunds will be given after deadline.

Classes are taught by Summer Art Intern, Maddie Crum, UW-Whitewater, Arts Education Major, LOLA Program Director, Wendy Powalisz, and special teaching artist guests – Denise Fauntleroy, Debbie Jircik, and George Rue.

Click here to view the full SUMMER ART-VENTURE GUIDE 

Sign Up for LOLA’s Summer Dance Program 2019


NEW IN 2019
  • Never Too Old to Dance Class AGE 50+

SCHOOL COMMONS – Side Entrance
6485 Town Hall Road, Downtown Land O’ Lakes, WI
JULY 8 – AUGUST 2  (4 weeks of classes)    
RECITAL – Friday, August 2 @ 4:00 PM

Full Program for printing here:

LOLA Summer Dance Program 2019


Ages 3 – 4
(11 classes +
recital day)
Start MON July 8
9:30 a.m. –
10:30 a.m.
Ages 3 – 4
Cost: $120
Ages 5 – 7
(11 classes +
recital day)
Start MON July 8
11:00 a.m. –
12:00 p.m.
Ages 5 – 7 
Cost: $120
Basics of Ballet
Ages 50+
(11 classes +
recital day)
Start MON July 8Recital optional
1:00 p.m. –
2:30 p.m.
Ages 50+
Ages 8 – 11
(8 classes +
recital day)
Start TUE July 9
11:00 a.m. –
12:30 p.m.
Ages 8 – 11
Cost: $100
Ages 8 – 12+
(8 classes +
recital day)
Start TUE July 9
1:30 p.m.-
3:00 p.m.
Ages 8 – 12+

FEES:  $120 – 11 Classes       $100 – 8 Classes
Discounts given for multiple classes or children attending.  Please contact LOLA @ 715-547-3950 for more information.

(Recital Day Schedule will be given to registered students during the first week of class)

All classes must be pre-paid prior to deadline.   No refunds will be given for cancellations after class deadline. 


Creative Movement: This class focuses on basic locomotor steps and beginning ballet steps. Structured games and improvisational exercises are designed to inspire movement and rhythm in small children. Students will participate in interactive activities, while learning to love dance.

Hello to Ballet/Tap: One ½ hour each of ballet and tap. Ballet consists of working on basic locomotor steps, positions of the arms and feet, correct alignment, beginning barre work, short combinations, and exercises designed to encourage and spar freedom in moving and love for dance. Tap will work on basic steps, simple rhythms, and short combinations.

Modern/Youth Jazz: This class is a fusion of Ballet, Modern and Jazz dance techniques. Dancers will learn Modern dance technique from Modern dancer/choreographer icon, Merce Cunningham. The aim is to create sufficient body alignment, movement patterns, and freedom through phrases in the center and across space. Students will also focus on Jazz, working on
locomotor steps, body isolations, positions of the arms and feet, correct alignment, short combinations, improvisation and exercises designed to encourage the combination of how we feel and dance. This class gives the dancer the opportunity to develop various movement skills/abilities and perform a piece with a strong message to their audience.

NEW: Never Too Old to Dance Class:  Indulge your inner ballerina! Geared towards adults with all levels of physical ability, this class offers a lot to those who love to dance. With gentle guidance and instruction in the basics of ballet, Ms. French will work within each student’s capabilities. Students will have a chance to socialize, enhance mobility and muscle coordination, improve balance, posture, memory, stretch muscles and have fun. Tutu optional!

Youth Ballet: This class is designed to work specifically on the French style of Ballet technique. We will work at the barre, in center, and throughout space with adagio, petit and grande allegro phrases. Students will learn proper use of turn-out, port de bras, and elegance through space.

Dance Attire: Ballet, tap, or jazz shoes are preferred. Socks may be worn for ballet if need be. Modern dance is danced barefoot! Children wear any color tights and a leotard for ballet and creative movement. Jazz pants, shorts or leggings may be worn with a tank top or t-shirt for jazz and tap. Child tights, leotards and shoes are often found at Shopko, Payless, Wal-mart and/or Target stores. Many online sources are available as well. (

LOLA has a limited number of dance wear and shoes for borrowing.
Please contact office for more information.  715-547-3950

LOLA’s 2019 Dance Program Instructor: Jennifer French

I started dancing at the age of 2 ½ and started assisting/ teaching classes at the age of 13 and have enjoyed teaching ever since. I am going to school at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater to become an exercise physiologist with a dance minor. While at Whitewater I have had the privilege to take part in the first wheelchair dance class offered in the UW system. I have been able to take a teacher course with Axis Dance Company, the nation’s most acclaimed ensembles of disabled and non-disabled dancers, out of Oakland California. I have also started an all ability dance class in the Whitewater Parks and Rec dance program. I love sharing my passion for dance and the best way to do this is to teach.

Now Hiring for 2019 LOLA Summer Internships! Extended Deadline: April 15

WANTED: Creativity, Passion for the Arts, and the desire to share your talent through teaching.

Are you a college student majoring in theatre or art?  Are you interested in getting experience working in a professional arts environment?  Then apply for a 2019 LOLA Internship today!

Benefits to LOLA Intern Include:

  • Free housing
  • Stipend given to the accepted candidate ($200 per week)
  • Hands-on classroom teaching experience with children
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Gain an effective approach to working with young people
  • Meet teaching goals & deadlines
  • A chance to be creative
  • Develop communication skills
  • Pleasant work atmosphere
  • Supportive Board of Directors, artists & educators
  • Work with students who value art
  • Other summer work available in the area: cleaning, waitress, bar-tending
  • Plenty of nearby outdoor recreation: lakes, bike trails, parks

To apply:

Download and review LOLA Summer Internship description:

LOLA Theater Intern – 2019

LOLA Art Education Intern – 2019

Send e-mail with the following attachments:

 – Letter of interest

 – Resume with references

– One letter of recommendation

Send required documents to:

Wendy Powalisz

Programming Director

Land O’ Lakes Arts/LOLA

All applications must be submitted by: March 31, 2019.

Please feel free to call with any questions. 715.547.3950

We look forward to receiving your application!

President of LOLA Board Appointed to WI Arts Board!

President of LOLA Board Lynn Richie has accepted an appointment to the Wisconsin Arts Board.  The WI Arts Board is a state agency which “nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development”, according to  Board Members receive their appointment from the Governor and serve three-year terms.

“I am very excited, said Richie.  “Any opportunity for me to participate in the promotion and discussion of the Arts in Wisconsin is a welcome one.”

The function of the board is to set policy for the agency and approve funding recommendations made by the peer review panels.  Meetings are open to the public and occur a minimum of four times per year.

To be appointed to the Board, candidates must be Wisconsin citizens “recognized for their accomplishments in the arts, humanities, business, education or public service,” according to 

“I strongly believe in the power of the Arts and in the strength and creativity of Wisconsin, said Richie. “It is a privilege and pleasure to be a member of WI Arts Board and support Wisconsin’s creative sector,” said Richie.

Before her appointment Richie served on a panel for the WI Arts Board, which is part of the Department of Tourism, along with LOLA Programming Director Wendy Powalisz at the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development in October 2017.  Richie and Powalisz facilitated a discussion on the importance of tourism and Creative Economy.  “Economic Development is a key focus in the WI Arts Board 2019-2021 Strategic Plan” continued Richie.  “I look forward to contributing to this goal by seeking, discussing, and exploring new opportunities to connect communities, engage businesses in supporting the Arts, and highlight the wealth of artistic talent in our state.”

Richie also serves on the Land O’ Lakes Community Public Art Committee, an entity that is working with the Town of Land O’ Lakes to bring more public art to the area.  

To learn more the Wisconsin Arts Board and how they help support  the Arts in Wisconsin, visit their website.

Now Hiring LOLA Summer Arts Interns!

WANTED:  Creativity, passion for the arts, and the desire to share your talent through teaching.

Are you a college student majoring in dance, theatre, or art?  Are you interested in getting experience working in a professional arts environment?  Then apply for a 2018 LOLA Summer Arts Internship today!

Benefits to Intern with LOLA:

  • Hands-on classroom teaching experience with children & some adults
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Develop communication skills, meet goals & deadlines
  • A chance to be creative and make art
  • Stipend given to the accepted candidate ($200 per week)
  • Free housing available
  • Pleasant work atmosphere
  • Work with students who value art
  • Other summer work available in the area: cleaning, waitress, bar-tending
  • Approximately 20-24 hours per week

Goals for teaching children at LOLA are:

  • to experience a variety of art forms and styles
  • gain confidence, use creativity & imagination
  • discover the value of – and learn to love dance, theatre & art
  • have freedom of expression in a safe, relaxed and fun atmosphere
  • create narratives about their art, use teamwork, socials and have fun

This summer we are hiring arts interns in three specific programs, Dance, Theatre, and Arts Education.

To learn more about each individual position, click on the links below.

Dance Intern

Theatre Intern

Arts Education Intern

To apply, e-mail the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • resume with references
  • one letter of recommendation

Send to:

Wendy Powalisz

Programming Director

Land O’ Lakes Arts, Inc./LOLA

All applications must be submitted by March 31, 2018.

For more details on each arts program area,dance, theatre, or art, please call LOLA at 715.547.3950.

We look forward to receiving your application!

What is LOLA Doing to Support Arts in Education?

In July 2010, the U.S. House of Representative passed House Resolution #275, designating the second week of September National Arts Education Week.  To celebrate, LOLA shared a personal story each day of the week on our Facebook about the importance of arts in education.  (Click here to read more if you missed our stories!)  The stories came from artists, writers, teachers, friends of LOLA, and others who have been impacted by arts in education.  This got us to thinking, supporting arts in education matters all year long – not just during National Arts in Education Week.  So we took some time to reflect and asked ourselves,

What is LOLA doing to support arts in education?


  • We bring vital arts education resources to local schools.

LOL Elementary students participate in a Shakespeare Workshop.

LOLA has conducted theater, art, and poetry classes for Land O’ Lakes elementary school and SOAR Charter School, providing students supplementary arts education to what they already received in their school’s curriculum.

LOLA has also established a partnership with the Watersmeet School.  The school was struggling to find a certified art teacher, leaving students lacking in their arts education. LOLA saw a need that had to be filled and stepped up to the challenge to bring special arts programming to the school as well as host classes at our Creative Campus. Watersmeet superintendent Gerald Pease acknowledged our partnership as “a wonderful opportunity” and stated he appreciated that LOLA offered this to the district because “it is going to give our students a greater exposure to all the arts which we couldn’t give them.”  LOLA is in the process of working with Watersmeet School to establish the schedule and curriculum for the 2018 school year.

  • We maintain partnerships to provide more diverse arts education.

Summit Players Shakespeare Group and LOLA participants perform on the LOLA Deck

LOLA continues to work with The Summit Players Shakespeare Group to facilitate theater workshops at local schools and on LOLA’s Creative Campus.  In spring, LOLA brought the Summit Players to the Watersmeet School to present a theater workshops for 1st-6th grade students. LOLA Programming Director Wendy Powalisz came back to LOLA with encouraging accounts of student success.  Students who had previously struggled with academic engagement were actively participating in the workshop and young people were excitedly (and accurately) interpreting period language.

  • We provide arts education for home school students.

Home school students working on illustrating stories with Amy Laundrie.

LOLA has been providing arts education for home school students since LOLA’s inception in 2008.  Painting, drawing, 3-d work with wire, clay, and creating art using recycled materials are a few examples of classes LOLA has offered home school students. Classes have focused on specific artists, masters as well as contemporary, including Matisse, O’Keefe, Chihuly, Monet, and Van Gogh.  Students also learn about techniques and materials, the principles of art, elements of design, the color wheel, and art from other cultures.  Class starts with a discussion on the artist, culture, materials or the principle or element with visual aids and samples.  Next, the teacher gives a demonstration of the project and a safety lesson before proceeding. Then, on to the project with the teacher assisting throughout the process but not impeding the individual expression or each student.  Each class ends with students explaining their finished project and then receiving critiques from the other students.

  • We incorporated STEAM classes as part of LOLA’s 2017 Summer Programming (Science & Technology, interpreted through Engineering & the Arts, based in Mathematical elements)

Students creating bird silhouettes.

This summer LOLA offered “Where Art and Science Meet,” a 3-class series, taught by retired environmental science teacher, Carol Mason.  Carol led three classes that combined art with science and math.   Each class culminated with an art project that students could take home with them.  “Beauty of Trees” included lessons on tree biology and mathematical symmetry and ended with students creating kirigami trees.  (Kirigami is a form of paper art in which the paper is folded and cut to create the final product.)  “Birds and Silhouettes” included instruction on bird identification, classification, and anatomy.  Students used this knowledge to create specific bird silhouettes out of paper.  “Going Batty” featured information on the bat anatomy and characteristics, the benefits of bats, and myths that surround them.  Students then created a bat mobile and Chinese bat design.  When designing her classes, Carol stated she hoped the series would “provide participants with a more in-depth understanding of the beauty and art in science and the natural world around us.”

  • We offer arts education opportunities all year long, with special emphasis on youth programming during the summer months.

Artist Rita Kickert shows young LOLA student how to use a pottery wheel.

Providing arts opportunities outside of school, especially during the summer time, can help fill the gap at a time in the school year when it may be more challenging for students to access arts education opportunities.  According to Arts Ed Search, an online clearinghouse that collects and summarizes high quality research studies on the impacts of arts education and analyzes their implications for educational policy and practice, “students of all ages who participate in out-of-school arts education exhibit higher academic achievement as measured by grades, IQ, standardized test scores, and high graduation rates.”

  • We create A special gallery exhibit for Youth Art Month.

2017 YAM Display in the Artistree Gallery.

Every March, LOLA celebrates Youth Art Month by framing and exhibiting over 100 works of 2-D and 3-D art created by Land O’ Lakes Elementary, SOAR, and home school students.  For a two-week period, the artwork is displayed in a public gallery setting (thanks to our neighbors at the Artistree Gallery) showcasing the hard work and creativity of each student.  Taking the time to display the work of these young artists shows them that their artwork is valued and important.  In fact, according to The Art of Education (AOE) , an innovative higher learning institution focused on professional development for art educators, “for students lacking self-esteem, putting up work with peers can boost academic and artistic confidence.”

The young artists also participate in a critique of their work by a professional artist.  This allows students to practice receiving constructive feedback on their work as well as gives them a glimpse of what it may be like pursue an artistic career.  But don’t just take our word for it, here is some of the feedback LOLA received from Youth Art Month artists the following the 2017 exhibit:

“Thank you for all of the time you took to come and talk us!”

“Thank you for showing the amazing art.  I had a really, really good time!”

“Thank you for all the work you have done for us!”

“Thank you fro displaying my art in the art show to be critiqued by a real artist.”

“Thank you for putting my painting in a frame.”

“We are very appreciative  to have artists come to view our  artwork and give us advice!”

  • We continue to seek unique arts opportunities for our programming from all areas of the fine arts, including dance.

2017 Youth Dance Program Recital

Every summer LOLA offers a Youth Dance Program and Line Dancing for adults with professional dance instructors.  Started by UW-Whitewater and Associate Professor of Dance and Theater Barbara Grubel, 2017 marks the 7th year of LOLA dance programming.   According to the National Dance Education Organization – NDEO, “only 7 % of elementary school students and 13% of enrolled high school students have the opportunity to study dance education during school hours as a part of the regular school curriculum.”

What can YOU do?

  • Share your story on social media!


This is your chance to tell your own personal story of the transformative power of the arts in education on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!  Add the #ArtsEdWeek #BecauseofArtsEd to your post to be a part of the 2017 visibility campaign.  Make sure to tag LOLA on Facebook, @Land O’ Lakes Arts – LOLA so we can read your story!

If you are not sure what to say, think about this:

– How has arts education had a positive impact on your life?

– What are you doing now in work and/or life that is the result of your arts education?

  • Did you have an experience during your arts education that affected you?  Maybe teacher who gave you the courage to pursue an artistic career?  Or a moment as a teacher that you saw a student succeed or be inspired?

-Why is arts education so important?

– Finish the sentence “Because of arts education…”

  • Engage in your own arts education by taking a class!

Basket weaving class at LOLA.


Explore our calendar and find an arts class or cultural event that interests you.  Or check out the offerings from one of the other arts organizations in the Northwoods.


  • Make a donation!

Click here to donate to LOLA.  Your donation will help us continue to provide a variety of arts education opportunities for all ages, all year long.  As a non-profit, LOLA depends on pledges, donations, grants, participation at fund raisers, and class attendance to fund our arts education programming.  These funds help LOLA to acquire supplies for classes and hire diverse, skilled instructors to teach our students.  With your support, LOLA can remain a reliable source of arts education for Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

As our mission states, “LOLA is dedicated to promoting the arts in Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. LOLA will support local artists in fulfilling their artistic potential while also bringing enrichment, arts education and beautification to the people of the area, which contributes to the vitality of the larger community.”

Support LOLA and support arts in education!