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ArtStart Funded by ...


The RAC has partnered with HALO for a year-long project funded by a Potawatomi Grant
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Making the Arts Accessible to Our Community


The goal of ArtStart is to make art truly accessible to everyone in our community, no-matter their socio-economic status. Through ArtStart, Racine Arts Council (RAC) strives to eliminate the barriers, whether they be financial, logistical or perceived so that adults and children alike can experience and appreciate art in all its forms.


Racine Arts Council developed the ArtStart program in 2014. RAC board members serve as companions/mentors in bringing undeserved audiences to artful events, developing a future generation of art appreciators and artists.

The summer of 2019, RAC partnered with First Presbyterian Church and featured the Summer Educational Program of HALO led by Lauren Sommers, Director of Education & Art.  The children wrote a play based on the 50th Anniversary pedal car "Sun Ray" by sculptor, Bill Reid.  The play and their artwork were presented on the Ihrman Hall Stage, August 23, 2019 in front of an audience of 60 people.  The smiles on their faces when they took a bow, told a new story for them of confidence, hard work, creativity and appreciation.  













Past groups that have been served by ArtStart include:

  • Bethany Apartments

  • Women's Resource Center

  • Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization (HALO)

  • Racine Youth Offender Correctional Facility

  • Advancing Family Assets/United Way. 


Programs have included a collaborative mural project created by students of the REAL School & Racine Civil Leaders Academy, as well as a group trip for youth and adults from the HALO summer arts camp to the Milwaukee Art Museum for a docent-led tour of the galleries and lunch. 



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"A Blast from the Past"

Racine Youthful Offender Correctional Facility
Inmate Mural Project
An inmate drew this mural image and it will be painted on the "Visitors Wall".  The RAC is collaborating with the RYOCF and has supplied paint and supplies for this project.  Photos of progress will be posted.

Inmate Art Contest

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The RYOC hosted an art contest for the inmates to use their creativity. Seven inmates participated, and showed their artwork on Sat, October 5. Pete Wilson, Founder of ImaginAction & Corey Thompson judged the competition.  RAC supplied the approved awards pictured above.

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Kathi Wilson, ED of the RAC congratulating artist Tonee Smith on his vision, drawing and painting of the Visitor Room Mural.

The Pillars Assisted Living &
The DeKoven Center Collaboration
Outdoor Art Gallery

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LGBTQ Youth Art Night
Urban Sketching

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