The growth and success of our creative economy in the Village would not be possible without the help of many. To become more involved or volunteer at events, check out the following work group descriptions and see what may be a great fit for you!
Chalk Walk – The Waunakee Chalk Walk is a yearly event held in Village Park which has multiple aspects. There is a chalk drawing competition, a color walk/run as well as a DJ and other various activities for families. The 2020 event will be slightly different and dubbed "Chalk the Kee" and feature creative chalk drawings through out the Village,
Live from the Park – A yearly summer concert series at Village Park that runs on Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks. This event features various bands and food carts and is geared towards the entire community. This year’s concert series has been cancelled due to the COVID19 Pandemic, but we are eager to prepare for the 2021 season!
Culinary Promotion – A work group dedicated to helping promote and highlight the variety of culinary arts that exists in our community. Different culinary based events currently being discussed include a small festival similar to “Taste of Madison” featuring dishes from area restaurants, a progressive dinner where citizens travel from restaurant to restaurant for different courses and a restaurant week where restaurant feature specific items at lower/fixed costs to allow attendees to try a variety of different things.
Cultural Awareness – The intent of this work group is to bring light to the diverse culture that exists in Waunakee. This group is currently working on holding live interview/Q&A sessions, called “Waunakee is Home,” with local residents from different backgrounds about their culture and what they love about calling Waunakee “home”.
Innovation Center Collaboration –The Waunakee High School Innovation Center features many different STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) focused machines and opportunities for the students (and our community) to engage in endless possibilities. This group is focused on helping plan for and promoting community awareness and use of this space in addition to what is offered to students.
150th Celebration – 2021 is Waunakee’s 150th Anniversary year. We anticipate many organizations holding celebratory activities during the year. This work group’s goal is to support those organizations by acting as a marketing/organizational hub to assist with coordination and scheduling for those various events throughout the year and making sure the community is aware of what is happening.
Imagination Celebration – This is an event that has been held and hosted by the Village three times in previous years. The event features creative people and businesses from our community all in one place. This gives an opportunity for community members to explore and learn about the creativity that exists in Waunakee. Planning for the next event takes many months and the hope is to expand the offerings to include demonstrations and other performances from our talented community members.
WRAP – WRAP (WI Regional Art Program) is a UW based program that encourages nonprofessional, student, and emerging artists to create and exhibit their work at regional exhibitions across Wisconsin. Exhibitions include a demonstration/workshop from a professional artists, and artwork critiques by a knowledgeable judge. We will be planning to host a regional event at the Waunakee Public Library during the 2021 WRAP season.
Art on Main – This is a yearly Public Art Project which is in its 6th year. The 2020 installment is Butterflies on Main. Chosen applicant will be given a steel butterfly cut-out to create a weather-proof piece of art which can be displayed along Main Street for the summer. These pieces will then be auctioned off in the fall to raise money for the Endres Mfg. Foundation and Create Waunakee.
Open Mic Sessions – This work group is working to coordinate live music “pop-up” opportunities and stories/poems/literature readings at the Library. The most recent project has involved hosting Facebook live events on the Create Waunakee Facebook page during the COVID-19 crisis.