La Crosse, WI (April 2022): La Crosse’s largest, free arts celebration in Downtown La Crosse, Artspire is back again with a full weekend of visual arts, performing arts, dance, theater, literary arts and storytelling, interactive arts, and demonstration arts. Situated in La Crosse’s Arts District near the Pump House Regional Arts Center the celebration runs June 10-11, 2022.
The Friday night musical entertainment kicks off with three time GRAMMY Awards winner Bill Miller followed by the Ho-Chunk Singers and Dancers. Closing the night is Cloud Cult which was stated to be a mix of “The instrumental arsenal of the Arcade Fire mixed with the gentle electronic throb of the Postal Service.” by Rolling Stone. They recently released their transformative new album Metamorphosis. This album follows after six years from the feature film release of The Seeker – starring Josh Radnor & Alex McKenna – which accompanied the band’s 2016 album, it also landed on Entertainment Weekly’s Must List, and garnered prestigious awards on the indie film festival circuit.
Saturday begins with the Fine Art Fair & Sale, featuring 45+ artists showcasing and selling a variety of fine arts including pottery, jewelry, paintings, photography, sculptures, and more.
Watch: When You Reach the End (Official Video) – Cloud Cult
Some of the artists included:
Ann Prey Jewelry
Ceev Tseg Press
Ciccotti Art Glass
Curning Nature Photography and Jewelry
Des Art Designs
Tyler Voorhis Art
Lake Superior Drift Co.
Interactive Art projects will be on Saturday from 10-5 pm and feature a public art project with La Crosse Public Polytechnic School who will be putting on a student organized interactive public art paint by numbers project. Also, featuring a recycled art project, make your own bird feeder to take home from Coulee Kidscape, and a Paw Print Public Art Project by Coulee Region Humane Society. Several area non-profits who will all be doing different arts projects in their booths, including La Crosse County Historical Society, UFAH, La Crosse Writers Guild, Habitat for Humanity, La Crosse Storytelling Festival, City of La Crosse Climate Action Plan, Paperback Rider
Performances throughout the day include the Enduring Families Project, dance presentations from the Hmong Dancers of La Crosse, I & E Dance Company, La Crosse Dance Centre, and the YMCA Dance Program. Special programming from the La Crosse Community Theatre and additional Saturday musical performances will also be announced.
Watch: “Bad Guy” Billie Eilish //Violin x Ukulele // B2wins Quarantunes
Closing Saturday June 11 is B2wins, which is violin twin brothers Walter and Wagner Caldas, from the slums of Brazil on a mission to make the world smile through music. “We came from a reality in which some days it was hard to smile. Our desire is to positively impact the world and bring a smile to everyone we encounter. “
Over 1,000 volunteers, artists and performers joined to make Artspire a remarkable experience for an audience of over 10,000 annually. Artspire is produced and funded by the Pump House Regional Arts Center, sponsors, and donors like you.
Artspire is an all-inclusive, free community art event that attracts, engages, and connects our diverse community through meaningful arts experiences learn more at https://artspire.thepumphouse.org.
Artspire is the largest, free arts celebration in Downtown La Crosse, Wisconsin, and is held every second weekend in June. In a primarily outdoor setting, Artspire showcases the wealth of culture and diversity present in the La Crosse community, connecting groups and individuals through meaningful arts experiences, including visual arts, performing arts, dance, theater, literary arts and storytelling, interactive arts and demonstration arts, and so much more!
Assistant Director/Non-Profit Administrator
Pump House Regional Arts Center